Review: “Educational, humorous, refreshingly honest and spiritual! Everyone can gain something from this book no matter who you are … As I am a trained Orientation and Mobility Specialist, I would encourage people experiencing sight impairments or not and even other instructors for the blind to step out in faith and read Mobility Matters by Amy Bovaird.” Well deserved 5-Stars!
Award-winning adventurous international teacher, life coach, and Author, Amy Bovaird, is diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a hereditary eye disease that will blind her. In spite of that, she manages to continue teaching overseas. Then her father’s final illness brings her back home for good.
There, friends and acquaintances begin to notice that she doesn’t always recognize them and sometimes stumbles…as if drunk! Insensitive students ridicule her in the classroom. Unwilling to accept that she is truly losing her eyesight, Amy resists when the Bureau of Blindness schedules a mobility specialist to begin training her to use a white cane.
How can she, an independent world traveler, use something that screams ‘I am a blind person’? Will her faith prove strong enough to allow her to move forward and accept herself as she is?
Targeted Age Group: All Ages
What was your inspiration for this book?
I have all three of my award-winning books available as audiobooks. But, Mobility Matters: Stepping Out in Faith – was a pivotal year in my life when I came to terms with sight loss through orientation and mobility (white cane) training.
The challenges I had in facing various fears that came along with a cane — psychological, emotional and physical. I noticed many in my support group struggled with using a white cane, and I thought sharing my story would encourage them. Also, my story would serve to educate signed readers and family members about the challenges. My memoir is different because in it I share my inner fears. It's not a how-to.
It remains positive and humorous throughout and brings light to little-discussed training for the blind. My orientation and mobility instructor was completely blind and extremely inspirational in that he modeled positive responses. His attitudes changed my outlook. I felt my memoir would be upbeat, optimistic and educational without being preachy.
Why did you decide to produce an audiobook?
I chose to produce all three books, including this one in as many formats as possible to reach as many vision-impaired readers as possible.
Audio is the perfect format, especially for those with a high degree of sight loss. It's also a contemporary mode of delivery and pairs nicely whisper-sync so if readers want to switch between kindle and audio, they can do so seamlessly. And, of course, all my books are also for everyone and not just the vision impaired.
How did you choose the reader for the book and the production company?
At the start of my first published audiobook, I invited my readers to suggest narrators and had them read a key passage. Then I let my readers listen, and followed their feedback. Someone in one of my groups suggested the narrator I chose. She had thirty years of experience and could read foreign words, sing, and was able to match her personality to mine in the memoir.
She had her own business so I ended up paying a lot more money for her expertise. Luckily for me, several Lions clubs in my district contributed to the cost of the product. Once I chose the narrator, I continued to use her in the series. It's not the cheapest route but I am very happy with the continuity and her voice. She is lovely to work with.
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