2019 Lifelong Learning Award: Linda Croft
I have vision in one eye that is around 20/400 so I see at 20 feet what you might see at 400 feet, but with age my eyes are aging and the one that sees now does not see as well as it did, so I am adjusting with blindness.
The Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired has given me a great deal of information and a lot of resources to use in the work that I do with a support group for the visually impaired and the blind. And then the courses that I've taken in gardening and the bird song tutor and cooking and Spanish and all of those courses have helped me function better and enjoy life more. The Lifelong Learning Award means a great deal to me because I have always loved learning. And I still continue to learn and use it.
I think every one of the courses has added something, either to make me stronger emotionally, mentally, so that I can better function in my community and in my support group, in my church, in my family, and just as an individual. And I want to keep learning. This is a program that teaches you to fish. It doesn't just give you fish. And I'm very glad that I've had Hadley to go to in the years after school is over so that I can continue to be a lifelong learner.