Enabling technology, also known as assistive technology is my passion. Can you truly identify your passion?
Enabling technology for people who are blind is my passion but there’s much more to the story. In this first post I will attempt to provide a brief history of me and my passion. I’ve worked in a variety of industries, starting with ten years of service in the nuclear power Navy, then extensive experience in large cap biopharma. In recent years, I have focused my energy on business coaching, start-up support, and assisting individuals in transition. I have also come to realize that my personal passion is to improve the quality of life and employability of people who are blind or visually-impaired.
Uncovering this passion was a journey of discovery that I would recommend for anyone who can’t answer the following questions:
- Is your work your passion?
- If not, why not?
- What’s your dream?
What is your passion?
The genesis of my passion was my Mom’s loss of sight many, many years ago but it wasn’t until an unplanned early retirement that I eventually was able to answer the questions above. Even then, I doubt that I would have been able to identify the passion. It took friends and family to observe the way “I came alive” when talking about prevention of blindness and enabling technology for people with compromised vision. At that point, I realized that I would be happiest helping people coping with vision loss.
I remember the days when I only had one job. Now I wear many hats. My day job which keeps me very, very busy, is as COO of COSY. If you take a look at the site, you might initially think I lost track of my passion but that’s not true. At COSY, I have an informal role as the team mentor, which aligns perfectly with my interest in helping others. More relevant is the soon-to-be realized dream that COSY will develop some very special enabling technology. Someone who is blind will soon have access to an app that provides indoor navigation. Much like GPS minus the satellite. Armed with this app, someone who is blind will finally be able to shop independently. They will also be able to navigate the ever-changing world of TSA.
Next week you can learn more about that I do when I’m not working at my day job. If you want to do some early exploration then I would direct you to The Blind Guide. It is an ever-evolving compendium of resources for people whose lives have been touched by vision loss.