Brian was 35 years old when he started losing his vision. It came on suddenly, first in one eye, then moving quickly to the other. He was soon diagnosed with leber hereditary optic neuropathy, an inherited form of vision loss.
At the time, Brian worked as a land surveyor. He was doing well and providing for his family. When he lost his vision, he lost his job, too. But Brian refused to give up. He was especially determined to set an example for his teenage daughters.
“It’s very important in life to keep going – to keep pressing forward,” he said.
Brian began receiving training at our rehabilitation center. He learned how to navigate his vision loss and live daily life with independence. He learned how to use assistive technology. He received computer training. He learned how to cook safely. He excelled in orientation and mobility training.
“I got that independence and freedom back,” he said. “I learned that I could do everything that I could do before.”
Inspired by his experience, Brian went back to college. He then entered the Business Enterprise Program (BEP). Sponsored by the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and Blind and Visually Impaired Services, BEP trains people who are blind or visually impaired to manage a business. Bosma Enterprises provides assessments and training for this valuable program. Today, Brian owns a successful food service company.
"Everybody deserves the opportunity."
As Brian’s business flourished, he realized he had an opportunity to give back. When he needed to expand his team, he turned to Bosma Enterprises to find a candidate and eventually hired Marty, who also has a visual impairment. Together, Brian and Marty make a great team. They appreciate their customers, and they enjoy working together.
“It’s great to pay it forward,” Brian said. “I think everybody deserves the opportunity. We can do it. We just need the opportunity.”
Brian credits the Bosma Center for Visionary Solutions with changing his life for the better.
“Bosma changed my life in so many ways,” he said. “To lose your vision later in life is tough. But through Bosma, I gained my freedom, my independence and my confidence.”