Visually Impaired Optician Teaches College Students the Profession


Says his disability is a blessing in his teaching.

Boston's Blair Wong worked as an optician in his 20s, but he left the job after retinitis pigmentosa began affecting his vision profoundly, WBUR reports. In 2006 he founded the Program for Opticianry at the city's Benjamin Franklin Institute, and now he teaches students who have a 99 percent success rate finding jobs in their first year out of school. Wong's disability is "kind of a unique blessing," he says, "because I'm visually impaired, and teaching students who will be working with patients who have the same challenges I do."

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