August 4, 2012
Anyone encountering the founder would have known they were in the presence of an unusual person. When I met him he wore a binoculars around his neck. His Ph.D., Master's and other educational accomplishments were accomplished reading one letter at a time usually by placing his eyeball close to the written item. But his greatest creation was his helping hand to others who had some sight. (He could distinguish light and dark, and that led to knowing which letter his eye was upon.) By focusing on a facility where optical professionals could donate their time and serve the people with some sight, Sam Genensky built an enduring legacy. This organization makes accessible a wide range of assisting devices including the video based system his friends and fellow researchers built for him so he could more efficiently view each letter. People gain visual functionality through the services the center provides. We all benefit from the lobbying efforts and laws (due to Sam California law requires a triangle for male, and a circle for female restroom doors), and the way many in the community can help those who while not blind, have very restricted visual ability.
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