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Rita Machell Butler Harris was born and raised in Good Hope Walton County Georgia. She graduated from Monroe Area Comprehensive High School and went on to obtain a diploma in Business from Interactive Learning Systems. Rita is married with two children and 4 grandchildren. Later in life Rita experienced a significant decrease in her vision. It was then that Rita was diagnosed with R.P. (Retinitis Pigmentosa). Due to the decrease in Rita's vision she was forced to make some life changes. She could no longer work or drive along with carrying out other daily routine activities. This ordeal caused her to transition from being independent to dependent. This caused a period of difficult adjustment. Later Rita contacted Vocational Rehabilitation Services, where she was assigned a Mobility Trainer. After three months of training, Rita connected with Leader Dog for the Blind in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Rita attended an accelerated orientation mobility training course. Then Rita traveled to Naples, Florida where she trained and graduated receiving her service dog, Madden. Rita Machell Butler Harris has earned the title "Certified Peer Supporter" through Georgia Peer Support Training. Rita has successfully founded and implemented Morgan County's first Visually Impaired Support Group under the original name "Living Life Blind/Vision Impaired Support Group", which is now called "Living Life Team, Inc. Rita is also a mentor in the Morgan County School System for visually impaired students, and she is a member of the ADA Committee for Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport. As Rita Machell Butler Harris continues her journey, she strives toward "Making a Difference".