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Meet our new assistive technology associate: Brian Clark

Bosma Enterprises - 11/14/2019 8:33:33 AM

For Navy veteran Brian Clark, losing his vision five years ago due to complications with diabetes was a blessing in disguise.

Vision loss currently affects nearly 160,000 Hoosiers, and that number is only expected to grow. For Navy veteran Brian Clark, losing his vision five years ago due to complications with diabetes was a blessing in disguise.

Brian currently works at the Bosma Enterprises Center for Visionary Solutions for the Blind as an assistive technology associate. Before coming to Bosma, For 25 years, Brian worked as a system administrator for Clark CPA Group, and despite all his years of computer training, he was not familiar with screen readers. However, it would not take Brian long to learn to navigate computers without his vision effectively.

In his current role, Brian is responsible for teaching newly blinded adults how to use adaptive technology, like screen readers. With this type of technology, people who are blind can use Microsoft applications, surf the web, and attend work and school. “I help reconnect people to the world,” Brian said.

Brian is also the Vice President of the Indiana chapter of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), a role he is proud to hold. As Vice President, Brian helps connect veterans who are blind with the services and training needed to live with confidence.

As we celebrate veterans this time of year, Brian reflects on his time sailing the world on the Navy’s aircraft carrier. One of Brian’s most memorable moments was the time he was stationed in the Philippines, and a volcano erupted, leaving behind three feet of ashes. “It looked like gray snowflakes falling from the ground.”

Brian and his crew had to evacuate the area and get everyone aboard the aircraft carrier safely. It took the seamen 36 hours to clear the area, and everyone was able to board the carrier successfully.

Brian is proud to have served and is thankful for the men and women who risk their lives for our freedom. If you know of a veteran or someone who is experiencing vision loss, please contact us at 1-888-567-3422 or visit us at www.bosma.org.