Our Stories, Our Lives: Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS) Oral History Project
People with disabilities--History
People with disabilities--Services for
Georgia Disability Archive
Our Stories, Our Lives is a collection of stories gathered by the Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS) to preserve and document a more complete history of the disability experience, specifically that of people with print disabilities who are living in Georgia. This is an oral history project that works to both preserve and document the varying experiences of those with print disabilities through the stories of people who have lived/are living with a print disability, including visual impairment, physical impairment, blindness, or an organic reading disability such as dyslexia.
All interviews in this collection have been indexed in OHMS.
All interviews in this collection have been indexed in OHMS.
Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Interviews in this Collection (17):
Interview with Stuart Levenson, June 28, 2018 (RBRL451GLASS-001)
Stuart Levenson was born and educated in Savannah, Georgia. He attended Armstrong College before working for the Social Security Administration for 36 years. Levenson talks about growing up visually impaired, emphasizing the changing role of…
Interview with Vashaun Jones, September 24, 2018 (RBRL451GLASS-002)
Vashaun Jones was born in Portsmouth, Virginia. He describes being blind or visually impaired throughout his life. He talks about his career, emphasizing the importance of failure to achieving success.
Interview with Rita Harris, July 12, 2018 (RBRL451GLASS-003)
Rita Harris was born in Good Hope, Georgia. She worked in the school system assisting children with disabilities before she became visually impaired due to retinitis pigmentosa. Harris describes adjusting to life as a visually impaired person. A…
Interview with Empish Thomas, August 16, 2018 (RBRL451GLASS-004)
Empish Thomas grew up sighted before losing her vision after college to uveitis, a condition that causes inflammation in the back of the eye near the retina. Thomas describes navigating the workforce while blind, discussing her careers in human…
Interview with Jarrett McNutt, October 29, 2018 (RBRL451GLASS-005)
Jarrett McNutt served in the army during World War II before becoming a minister and working for the Clinical Pastoral Care Organization. He talks about his family history and his career as a minister.
Interview with Bridgette Suttle, October 09, 2018 (RBRL451GLASS-006)
Bridgette Suttle was born in New Jersey, but she grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She became legally blind as an adult due to complications from type 2 diabetes. Suttle describes managing her diabetes, having to have her foot amputated due diabetes, and…
Interview with John McCarty, December 07, 2018 (RBRL451GLASS-007)
John McCarty is an autistic, non-reliable speaker with impaired vision. In this interview, Joan McCarty reads her son, John McCarty’s, account of his struggle with communication before learning the Rapid Prompting Method (RPM), which enabled him to…
Interview with Chris Vandeford, December 11, 2018 (RBRL451GLASS-008)
Chris Vandeford became blind as an adult due to diabetic retinopathy. He talks about losing his vision, going through vocational rehabilitation, and becoming involved in his community, both through his work at the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation…
Interview with Brian Mosely, December 14, 2018 (RBRL451GLASS-009)
Brian Mosely became blind, lost his sense of smell, and got epilepsy in an accident as an adult. Mosely describes how assistive technology has helped him retain his independence, mentioning the use of the Job Access With Speech (JAWS) screen reader…
Interview with Candace Rogers, December 04, 2018 (RBRL451GLASS-010)
Candace Rogers was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) which caused her to become legally blind and have issues with mobility. Rogers describes fighting for disability benefits, purchasing a house, and encouraging others people who have MS.
Interview with Daryl Rootledge, December 07, 2018 (RBRL451GLASS-011)
Daryl Rootledge is a vocational rehabilitation therapist and minister. He was born with aniridia, an illness that impacts the development of the eye during birth. Rootledge describes navigating the educational system and raising his daughter as a…
Interview with Anna Trotman, December 14, 2018 (RBRL451GLASS-012)
Anna Trotman was born in Montgomery, Alabama and experienced numerous health problems as a child that caused her to become visually impaired. In this interview, Trotman talks about her education and career as a braille instructor at various…
Interview with Alina Garcia Ravelo, December 14, 2018 (RBRL451GLASS-013)
Alina Garcia Ravelo was born in Cuba and attended the University of Havana, graduating with a degree in industrial engineering. She eventually moved to the U.S. and currently lives in Bainbridge, Georgia, where she works at Georgia Industries for the…
Interview with Gaylon Tootle, December 10, 2018 (RBRL451GLASS-014)
Gaylon Tootle was born in Georgia and attended the Georgia Academy for the Blind, before attending the University of Georgia. After graduation, he worked for the U.S. Army at Fort Stewart and the Moody Air Force Base. Presently, Tootle works at the…
Interview with Luis Narimatsu, December 14, 2018 (RBRL451GLASS-015)
Luis Narimatsu was born in the Panama Canal Zone. He began losing his vision in college as a symptom of glaucoma. After his diagnosis, Narimatsu eventually found work in the 94th Signal Company as a telephone operator. Afterward, Naritmatsu moved to…
Interview with Robert Woodward, December 10, 2018 (RBRL451GLASS-016)
Robert Woodward grew up in Decatur County, Georgia. He worked in a variety of jobs, including as an ambulance inspector, food services inspector, and as an employee of Georgia Industries for the Blind (GIB). After retirement, Woordward opened his own…
Interview with Cornelius Butler, December 07, 2018 (RBRL451GLASS-017)
Cornelius Butler was born in Dawsonville, Georgia and currently lives in Bainbridge, Georgia. At a young age, Butler was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, which has caused progressive loss in sight throughout his life and will result in eventual…
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