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An Afternoon with Author Alison Taylor

Alison Taylor, mother of 2009 Carroll Center alumni Neil Taylor, will read from their memoir, The Life We Got: Losing Sight and Gaining Vision on Thursday, March 28, at 3:30 PM, in The Technology Center on The Carroll Center campus.

In early 2008, Neil was a young teacher and athlete when the discovery of a brain tumor catapulted him into a life of total blindness. With his dreams shattered and the future uncertain he began, with unwavering support from his family, one step at a time, rebuilding a life worth living and celebrating. A monumental step in his journey toward acceptance and wholeness was the writing of this memoir with his mother, told from both of their perspectives.

Neil lived an amazing life for nearly ten years full of undeniable challenges, adventure, and remarkable accomplishments. He learned to live independently, thanks to the training and confidence building he acquired at The Carroll Center, became a massage therapist, a public speaker, and a writer. He continued his life as an athlete with new endeavors he could manage given his blindness.

Neil died on October 29, 2018 from the brain cancer that changed his life forever but never defined him.

The reading at the Carroll Center, seventeen months following his death is a tribute to Neil, the amazing spirit he embodied and the gifts he gave to those who found themselves in his orb. His life story is a reminder of the resiliency of the human spirit in all of us.

When: Thursday, March 28, 2019

From: 3:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Where: The Carroll Center for the Blind

770 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02458