Making a Difference: Claire Anderson

Claire Anderson lost her vision in a matter of seconds
due to an optic stroke.

Before I met her in person, friends told me about Claire Anderson. I was impressed hearing their stories about how Claire encouraged them to start writing their life stories.

Sightless in Seattle: Adventures with My Guide Dog is available through Seattle Public Library. For more information, click here

My friend told me that Claire is a remarkable person who inspires everyone she meets, and that her wit and intelligence bring a sense of calm and sensible perspective to participants of the writing class.

An optic stroke left Claire without sight when she was 64 years old. She did not allow her "legally blind" status to impact her active lifestyle.

Claire goes to the Monroe Correctional Complex every month to participate in the prison group's philosophical round table. She leads a memoir class at the Ballard Northwest Senior Center. She is involved in other activities as well, including public speaking, teaching, and even sewing.

Claire's yellow Labrador retriever DaVida is her constant companion. DaVida stars on the cover of Claire's book about vision loss titled Sightless in Seattle.

It takes courage and willingness to overcome personal challenges and barriers, and to live your life making a difference in the lives of others. Claire makes that difference.

For more information about this remarkable woman, visit Claire's website at

For more information about coping with vision loss, read Access to Technology for Vision Loss and Insight: A Low Vision Expo 2013 in this issue.

Mary Pat O'Leary, RN, BSN is a planner at Aging and Disability Services.

Claire and DaVida are featured in this
King County Mobility Coalition video about
Senior Services' Volunteer Transportation program.

Claire is one of hundreds of King County residents who benefit from Senior Services' Volunteer Transportation program each year. She uses Volunteer Transportation to get to medical appointments. Watch the video to hear how this service makes Claire's life easier.

The Life in Motion video series is a project of the King County Mobility Coalition, designed to raise awareness about transportation options and encourage people to get out and about. The Puget Sound Regional Council and WSDOT funded this project, with local support from Aging and Disability Services, City of Bellevue, Hopelink, King County Metro, and Sound Transit.