Michelle Glaze, a resident of Daphne, currently serves as director of professional outreach for the Foundation Fighting Blindness.
Michelle, who was diagnosed with cone rod dystrophy in 2011, works to increase awareness and referrals for FFB by reaching out to the professional community (optometrists, ophthalmologists, retinal specialists, low-vision specialists, departments of vocational rehab, and schools for the blind) to make sure they know who the foundation is and share information about some of the resources available to patients with inherited retinal diseases.
Glaze, who grew up in California before moving to Alabama in 2003, began her journey with ADRS as a consumer. When she was diagnosed and knew that she would need assistance, Glaze reached out to the Vocational Rehabilitation Service office in Mobile. At the time, she was working in the medical field in pharmaceutical sales and had a driver, but she began having problems reading paperwork. ADRS referred her to an eye specialist and assigned VR counselor Blair Cowan to her case. It was Cowan (who shares a similar form of vision loss) who eventually recommended Glaze as a board member.
Glaze holds master’s degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from California State University – Fresno and initially worked with the deaf and hard of hearing community, which makes her an even more valuable member of the leadership team.
She said she was excited to join the board because as a person with vision loss, she wants to be able to help and advocate for people like herself in any way she I can.
In her free time, Glaze enjoys attending her son Parks’ baseball and basketball games, exercising, and going to concerts.