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Updated Jul 14, 2014 - 11:48 am

What's it like to be visually impaired?

Have you ever considered which of your senses is most important to you? They say that without your sense of smell, food is nearly tasteless. Those who can't hear live in a silent world without music or laughter. But imagine being visually impaired.

Crossing a street, cooking dinner, even feeling safe are all daily challenges. Paula Pedene has extremely limited vision because of retinitis pigmentosa (RP) which usually results in complete blindness.

Her world is different than most of us, but as an active person in the community, she has had to discover the answer to the question, "What's It Like to be visually impaired?" And Paula Pedene has the answers.

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He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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