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Moira Shea

Moira M. Shea, now retired, worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she was a senior policy analyst in the office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Previously, she held a number of government posts, including Congressional aid and as an economist specializing in international trade and technology development. She's been involved with the Foundation Fighting Blindness since 1980, and is currently a member of its board of directors. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Christophe Lorrain, her guide dog, Finnegan, and his significant other, career-changed guide dog Asia.

The following articles were authored by Moira Shea

Traveling, Whether It Is Dark or Light

Moira Shea walking with her guide dog, Finnegan, in Barcelona, Spain.In November of 1971, the same year the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) was established, I was diagnosed with Usher syndrome, a disease that causes both hearing and vision loss. I was 15 at the time, and my parents and I quickly became involved with FFB, and over the past 45 years, I’ve been able to meet many others dealing with the fear of blindness.
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An FFB Board Member’s Perspective on Her Experience with Acupuncture

Moira Shea, an FFB board member who says she has benefited from acupuncture therapy, at home with her guide dog, Finnegan.A few weeks ago, the Foundation’s chief research officer, Dr. Steve Rose, authored a post about acupuncture that generated significant interest from readers at Eye on the Cure and on FFB’s Facebook page. The impetus for his post was a feasibility study at Johns Hopkins University, in which Dr. Ava Bittner, O.D., Ph.D., found that eight of 12 people treated with acupuncture had, as Dr. Bittner reported, “significant vision improvements in night vision, dark adaptation and/or visual field.”
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Reflections on Life with Usher Syndrome

the author, Moira Shea, with her guide dog, Finnegan.When I was 15, I was diagnosed with Usher syndrome, the leading cause of deaf-blindness in the United States. Although I’d had hearing aids since kindergarten, and could never see in dark places, it wasn’t until I started to trip over things in broad daylight that my parents became truly concerned.
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