Flushing man doesn't let blindness stop him, plans to teach people like him
(01/14/2019) - A young man from Flushing has overcome life's struggles - and now he's preparing for a future of giving back to those with the same disability.
"I was one of the very first blind people to go to an online school setting," said Crouch.
Jeffrey Crouch wasn't able to attend education settings like many of us. He and his twin brother were born blind, making standard schooling difficult because of the lack of accessibility.
Fortunately Crouch found the schooling that worked for him. The Great Lakes Cyber Academy, an online program, helped the Flushing native prepare him for a life of readiness.
After graduating, Crouch began pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology. But unfortunately another obstacle came knocking.
"I was diagnosed with glaucoma and this time last year my glaucoma flared up and I had to have emergency surgery to have my eyes removed and install prosthetics," said Crouch.
Having to consider an alternative path, Crouch, now married with a three month old daughter, has a new dream.
"I'm going to Louisiana Center for the Blind to do an apprenticeship in orientation and mobility, which is teaching blind people how to use a white cane and have independence to travel anywhere they want," said Crouch
He hopes to begin the nine month program in June, which will send him to Ruston, Louisiana for three months and then Minnesota for the remaining six months.
Crouch tries to not let being blind slow him down from a very busy life.
He serves as the president of the Genesee County chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Michigan as well as the vice president of the Michigan Association of Blind Students.
Next week Crouch will be heading to Washington D.C to present 3 issues to legislative for accessibility for the blind.
There will also be an event he’s a part of at the Flint Public Library Thursday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. to share more about independence and advocacy for the blind. All are welcome to attend.