Using Assistive Devices: The Blind Can Do Any Job
The First Blind Doctor
Being congenitally blind, Jacob Bolotin went on to become a well-known heart and lung specialist. Born in 1888, this renowned physician, and he wasn’t using assistive devices.
When the Chicago tribune ran a sensational article about him, he was quoted saying:
“well, is there anything so remarkable about it? because a man has no eyes, is it any sign that he hasn’t any brains? that is the trouble with the world and the blind man. All the blind man asks is fair play. Give him an equal without prejudice, and he generally manages to hold his own with his more fortunate colleagues”
The Blind Biomedical Physicist
Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai, a research associate in the Cancer Genomics Program at the University Health Network (UHN) hospital system in Toronto, Canada is a modern-day example of how the blind can do any job.
“My role combines a research fellowship, project management and team leadership where I co-manage the test development programs within the Advanced Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory (AMDL) at the UHN. The AMDL is responsible for the creation and implementation of new cancer diagnostic tests based on genome science and personalized medicine. My position requires me to oversee a staff of 12 people.”
The Blind Professor
Dr. Ronald E. Milliman is a professor of Marketing at Kentucky University, USA. He has lectured on almost all marketing courses such as; Basic marketing concepts, marketing research, consumer behavior and sales management.
“I am totally blind and have been for most, but not all, of my life. I am a graduate of the Michigan School for the Blind. From there, I went on to Eastern Michigan University, graduating with a triple major in the fields of sociology, psychology, and business.”
Do these remarkable people encourage assistive devices? They absolutely do.
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