If you are looking for a career working with and helping others, a career in the social category may be ideal for you. Many folks who have careers in this category are describe themselves as extraverts, and enjoy working with others. Examples of social careers include counselors, psychologists, and non-profit work. This category also includes people that work in the field of helping other blind people learn and reach their full potential. This career category can also include hands-on jobs such as caretaking and other positions in healthcare.
Joshua Pearson is a disability rights and inclusion advocate and accessibility evangelist. Acquiring blindness due to prematurity, Josh has always approached life with a desire to challenge people’s perceptions of blindness.
Kacie Weldy works at the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC), assisting deafblind consumers and their families with seeking employment and services. She studied animal science at Purdue University and then earned a Bachelors in Science in Organizational Leadership from Indiana University.
Jay Rufo is the Regional MetroWest Director of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB). He received a Bachelor’s in Business Marketing in 2001 and a Masters of Business Administration in 2002.
Brianna Murray is a program coordinator with Project RISE in Virginia. She has been visually impaired since birth due to Leber's congenital amaurosis.
Megan Dausch is the senior instructor of adaptive technology for the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) as well as a specialist ensuring its content meets international accessibility guidelines.
Ann Chippetta is an author, advocate, and guide dog handler who began losing her sight to Retinitis Pigmentosa at age 28.
Will Butler is the community vice president for the mobile app Be My Eyes. He attended UC Berkeley with a B.A. in American History. His previous work includes freelance journalism at NPR, East Bay Express, and The Atlantic.
Barbara Black was Born and raised in New York, but she ultimately taught in Northampton, Massachusetts. Starting in 1978, she worked in early childhood education until her retirement in 2017.