Lora Felty has experienced decreased vision for her entire life. She was born with cataracts and developed glaucoma as a result. She attended public school through the 8th grade when she experienced significant vision loss and needed to learn how to read braille. She spent her high school years at the Kentucky School for the Blind where she learned to read braille, practiced orientation and mobility, and other skills necessary to be an independent blind adult.
Lora has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Northern Kentucky University and a M.Ed. degree from the University of Louisville in special education visual impairment. She has worked for the Ashland Independent and Boyd County Public Schools in Ashland, Kentucky for the past 18 years as an itinerant teacher of blind and visually impaired students.
Currently, Lora serves as secretary of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of Kentucky and as president of the NFB of Ashland. Her hobbies include reading historical fiction and romance novels and traveling at every opportunity. It is wonderful to experience new and exciting adventures through reading a novel; however, it is even more exciting to take off on a new adventure of your own.
Lora has been totally blind for about the past eight years. It was a struggle adjusting from some usable vision to no vision at all. Lora says, "As time goes on, things got easier, but there are those times when you forget you are blind. Then, it's time for a bit of frustration, a little chuckle, and then you move on."