A E T N Logo
Support The Programs You Love DONATE NOW

Eyes of Me

Posted on 18 Mar 2010

Community Cinema was a big hit at Arkansas School for the Blind in Little Rock last week. We screened The Eyes of Me, a film about four visually impaired teens at Texas School for the Blind.

The majority of those who attended were students and faculty from ASB. Panelists included ASB Superintendent Jim Hill and ASB students Parker Rush (7th grade) and Eric Yarberry (junior).

Both students have been blind since birth and regard their blindness a minor inconvenience Parker is in the Gifted and Talented program and has won numerous academic awards. Eric, who is a championship wrestler, climbed a volcano this past summer making it to 16,000 feet (his guide was Erik Weihenmayer, the only blind person to ever climb Mt. Everest)

Facilitated by ASB vocational instructor and Gifted & Talend coordinator Chris Wilkes, the panelists all agreed that the film portrayed blindness as accurately as possible considering the filmmaker wasnt blind.

The film didnt sugar coat blindness, but it wasnt all doom and gloom either, Parker said.

This Community Cinema helped me realize just how many misconceptions most of us have about blindness. Our panelists and those who attended helped us understand that even though visual impairments arent easy to deal with, anyone affected quickly learns to cope and make the best of their situation. I think Mr. Hill said it best: Our students have a lot of get up and go.

Being blind makes me think about life and make better choices for myself, Eric said, which is probably one of the best instances of making the best of a situation.

Parker and Eric both mentioned how they do often think about being blind, especially when they think about the things they cant dolike play football or drive cars. But, in the words of Parker, except for certain situations they are pretty much fine with it.

It was an excellent event with great conversation. Needless to say, the panelists and all the students at ASB were and are a great inspiration to all of us.


“Cooking on the Wild Side” — Aug. 2016
Whether you’re getting ready for a Labor Day Weekend cookout or looking for the perfect thing for dinner, don’t miss some of Phyllis Speers’ classic dishes! Find John-tested, audience-approved recipes for Donna’s Inside-Out Cake, Sam’s Larrupin BBQ Ribs, Phyl’s BBQ Rub, Homemade BBQ Sauce, Smoked Corn Pudding and Three Bean Salad after the Jump.


Arkansas and the American Dream
We’re all familiar with the American Dream — the idea that anyone in the United States can climb the economic ladder of opportunity — but is it still achievable? AETN continues to address poverty in the state with “A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas” and to survey the national landscape with “Dream On.” Learn more about these projects and a special night of programming after the jump.


Volunteers Like You
You can have fun, help others and support causes and organizations by sharing a bit of your spare time and volunteering! Learn how you (or your group) can help others — and yourself — by working with AETN Foundation.


Parents, PJs and Pies
Wear your PJs and join us for a fun-filled family event as we and our partners at Dropping Back in and Healthy Families of Faulkner and Conway Counties share education resources on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.! “Parents, PJs and Pies” will feature a BBQ lunch, giveaways, fun activities and special “Llama Llama Red Pajama” gift bags.


“Back Road Barns” - Viewer Photos
Coming to AETN on Thursday, Aug. 25, “Back Road Barns” travels through rural Arkansas on a visual road trip to classic barns that have long been a part of our culture. See a preview of what you have to look forward to by scrolling through viewer photo submissions for a special segment of the AETN original film.