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Interview with Bridgette Suttle, October 09, 2018

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia
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00:00:21 - Family and education

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Partial Transcript: Thank you for having me. Well, I am an adopted and only child of what I thought to be the world's greatest parents.

Segment Synopsis: Suttle describes being adopted by "the world's greatest parents." She talks about how her grandfather was blind which made it easier for her to accept her blindness when she lost her sight as an adult. She mentions growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating from Riverwood High School and then attending Savannah State University. She talks about having a child and working as a master corporate trainer at wireless provider company.

Keywords: Grady Hospital; New Jersey; adoption; overachiever

00:02:01 - Consequences of untreated diabetes

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Partial Transcript: And my life continued on beautifully until some years later. Probably, when I was about thirty-five, I started to notice some things--noticed things with my vision.

Segment Synopsis: Suttle recalls being diagnosed with type two diabetes as a young adult but not doing anything to treat or manage her diabetes for seventeen years. She talks about losing her vision at 36 to diabetic retinopathy, a condition caused by uncontrolled blood sugar levels. She discusses the trauma of having her foot amputated after she stepped on a nail and the depression she felt after losing her job.

Keywords: hospital; legally blind; wheelchair

00:04:50 - Disability services

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Partial Transcript: And, at the time, I didn't know the change that was happening, but there was a change that was coming.

Segment Synopsis: Suttle describes how her mother helped her out of her depression by connecting her to disability services including the Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI) and disABILITY LINK, two Atlanta-based organizations. She talks about learning how to adapt to her blindness as well as to advocate for herself. Suttle discusses talking steps to manage her diabetes and getting a prosthetic which enabled her to walk again.

Keywords: cross-disabilities community; exercise; independent living; life skills; mobility training; rehabilitation; therapy