Kristin Smedley is proof that a change in perception can drive one person to impact an entire field. Eighteen years ago Kristin was on course to achieve her dream: Teacher of the Year. However, fate had an unanticipated outcome for her destiny. Her two sons were diagnosed soon after birth with a rare blindness.
Although Kristin was initially paralyzed with fear of raising two blind children, she launched an extraordinary mission to change their bleak future ahead. Her children have become popular, accomplished athletes, high achieving students, talented musicians, and International Braille competition finalists.
Kristin credits her boys’ success to the fact that her son Michael, at just three years old, changed her perception of blindness. That change enabled her to Set Extraordinary Expectations for her sons and ignited their journeys.
In 2011 Kristin founded the only patient organization in the world for her sons’ inherited retinal disease. The Curing Retinal Blindness Foundation is a global leader in changing what a rare eye disease diagnosis means, and Kristin is a sought after speaker and collaborator in the field.
Kristin will demonstrate how the power of perceptions and expectations drives your outcomes. Learn the components necessary to ignite your own extraordinary journey through her (often hilarious!) real life stories and examples.
Featuring Kristin Smedley, Founder of Curing Retinal Blindness Foundation
Kristin Smedley is an award winning non-profit leader, TEDx speaker, and author—but she never planned on any of that. Kristin did plan to be a great third grade teacher, however her personal path to greatness took an unexpected turn when two of her three children were diagnosed as blind. She had to learn the tools of blindness and build a team of experts that would help her and her boys navigate this path that she had not been trained for. Kristin’s two blind sons are now thriving as gifted high school students, elected student council officials, baseball championship winners, International Braille competition finalists, and social butterflies. Her oldest blind son is thriving at college a thousand miles away from home.
In 2011 Kristin founded the Curing Retinal Blindness Foundation, the only patient organization in the world for her sons’ blindness, CRB1 LCA/RP. Kristin has led the CRBF to raise over $1 Million, introduced the first ever legislation in the United States in Braille, and has moved rare eye diseases from rarely talked about to being discussed in key circles worldwide. More >>
Book Signing Immediately Following!
Kristin will be available following her ‘Signature Series’ session for a meet-and-greet and book signing.
Her book, Thriving Blind: Stories of Real People Succeeding Without Sight, will be available to purchase at ACRP 2019.