For 10 years, Natasha Atkinson has been a successful massage therapist at the Anatole Hotel in downtown Dallas. When she was 15, a sophomore in high school, she lost nearly all of her sight due to optic nerve damage. For an additional 12 years, she maintained just enough vision to read large print, but lost all remaining sight four years ago. “God doesn’t give us anything we can’t handle,” Natasha states with assurance.
After high school, she pursued massage therapy by enrolling in a six-month course, which developed her knowledge about the human nervous system, muscle groups, and bone structure. Because Natasha dove quickly into her profession, she did not have time to learn about assistive technology for the blind. Today she is making this training a priority and is taking advantage of the technology experts with Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind to help improve her computer and iPhone skills. She has a laptop computer, and is increasing her typing speed each session and is learning Braille. I’m broadening my horizons and making myself better,” Natasha celebrates, “the Dallas Lighthouse has really motivated me and I want to say thanks.”