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Foreseeable Future Facetime | Brian Switzer (Episode 3)
August 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Our next episode of Foreseeable Future Facetime web series with our guest Brian Switzer.
Host @Insight Podcast
Mark Farrell has heard that seemingly innocuous question “Are you blind?” many times… And while it can leave someone with a visual disability feeling inadequate or angry, Mark always responds politely, “No, I’m not blind, but I am visually impaired.” Mark developed a get-up-and go, optimistic outlook and seeks out activities which make him happiest. His optimism includes a passion for life and music, an appreciation for life’s little things: a hearty laugh, a good song, a delicious meal, a perfect sunny day, and a great bike race or triathlon. He works as a talk show host and on-camera personality, producing show topics as well as interviewing guests for his public affairs radio talk show and podcasts.
Brian Switzer is the access technology instructor at Career Launch @ Perkins, a first-of-its kind program designed to give visually diverse young adults the skills, experience and support they need to land career-track jobs.
A high school math teacher earlier in his career, Brian became interested in access tech after losing his own vision. Since then, he has consulted with a number of fitness-minded tech firms like RunKeeper and Strava to make their digital applications more accessible. Brian is an outspoken advocate for people with blindness, low vision and deafblindness and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Suffolk University.
He’s the author of “Walk In My Shoes: An Anthology of Usher Syndrome,” and has run marathons across the country, from Boston to Alaska. To learn more about Brian’s athletic pursuits, read his previous #MyBlindStory post, Rucking While Deafblind.
You can also connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.
You can find Brian’s most recent blog post about Creating a New Term for Visual Disabilities Everyone is invited to come follow my athletic adventures on my Facebook page, Brian Switzer-DeafBlind Athlete. The books Walk In My Paws: An Anthology on Working Dogs and Walk In My Shoes: An Anthology on Usher Syndrome can be found in a variety of formats on Amazon. I manage a FaceBook group called, Career Launchpad, for young people with visual impairments who are seeking to work or grow professionally. Young adults with visual impairments should also check out Career Launch at Perkins, an innovative job training program.