Emilio’s Story: New Skills for a New Chapter


Emilio first came to HKSB as a child; now he’s getting the assistive technology training he needs to advance his career.


Man at table reading braille.

Emilio was born with optic nerve hypoplasia, a medical condition arising from the underdevelopment of the optic nerve. He started coming to our Brooklyn location when he was a child. “I was born and raised here, and I still remember coming to Helen Keller’s low vision clinic when I was little,” he says.

Over the years, Emilio received additional services from HKSB. “I went to a summer program in Brooklyn when I was younger where we took a lot of field trips,” he remembers. “We went to the Yankee Stadium, the transit museum, a whole bunch of places.”

Emilio also received orientation and mobility training and learned how to travel safely using a long white cane. He took cooking classes and was taught computer skills such as typing and basic keyboarding. Emilio is now learning to use several assistive technologies, including JAWS (Job Access With Speech) text-to-speech screen reader software and ZoomText, a screen magnification program, both of which will help him in his pursuit of a career in broadcasting.

“I am glad I have had these services available to me throughout the years,” he says. “The staff has always been good to me.”