College is next for high-achieving student with visual impairment

07/30/2009 | San Diego Union-Tribune

Samantha Pinnell has pursued activities some may consider outside the abilities of people with visual disabilities -- she baby-sits, skis, swims and participates in her high school's color guard. Born with an underdevelopment of the optic nerve and an involuntary movement of the eye, Pinnell, 18, is about to take on another challenge by attending the University of California, Santa Cruz. "As soon as I tell someone I am visually impaired, they automatically write me off as being completely blind," she says. "For a lot of people they do not see the in-between."

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