Local woman recognized for helping people with vision loss


Dottie Patterson’s passion for volunteerism began when she was a teenager at a local hospital. This continued throughout her life as she volunteered at schools and hospitals, while serving on several Frisco area charity boards. Last month, the 82-year-old was recognized for her efforts to help people living with vision loss.

“I followed my beloved mother’s example in helping others and I believe God put me on this earth to serve,” she says.

Patterson herself has lived with glaucoma for decades. However, it was only recently that his eyesight began to deteriorate significantly. In the spring of 2019, she became completely blind.

“Every day was a challenge when I first lost my sight,” she said. “But I never said, ‘I can’t do this.’ Instead, I asked myself ‘how can I do this?’

With the help of her daughter, she became an ambassador for Hadley, a non-profit organization that provides distance education to visually impaired adults. In recognition of her work, Hadley recently named her a recipient of the HEROES award. It is an honor given to those who pursue the nonprofit’s mission to create personalized learning opportunities that enable people with blindness to thrive at home, at work and in their communities.

“With Dottie’s help, Hadley’s resources will now reach many more,” said Hadley President and CEO Julie Tye. “We are honored to recognize Dottie’s efforts with our HEORES award, and we cannot thank her enough for all that she has done in her community and beyond.”

Patterson says the best advice she can give to those starting to experience vision loss is to keep learning new ways of doing things. She also advises them to stay in touch with family, friends and other support systems and try to keep a sense of humor.

“When I’m having a bad day, I pick up the phone and connect with a friend,” she says. “I can be supported and inspired by them, and I could also support and inspire them along the way.”


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