The Eyes Free Sports Podcast

The Eyes Free Sports Podcast: Ep. 35 - A Chat with Marathoner Abigail Shaw

April 10, 2021

In Episode 35 of the Eyes Free Sports podcast, we visit with blind long distance runner and marathoner Abigail Shaw. She talked about:

  • Her diagnosis of a visual impairment at age four
  • Attending Appalachian State University to earn a bachelor’s in music and audio production and Fordham University for a Master of Social Work
  • Her guide dog from the Running Guides program at Guiding Eyes for the Blind and a special harness to make running with her dog more efficient
  • How she got involved in running with Achilles International, an organization that helps engage people with disabilities in running and other recreational activities
  • The half-marathons, marathons, and triathlons she has competed in
  • What she enjoys most about running and how accepting the running community is for people of diverse abilities
  • Her job with Learning Ally, an organization providing audiobooks and mentoring to students who are visually impaired, dyslexic, or have other challenges
  • Her advocacy work on the Advisory Committee on Transit Accessibility through the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York


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