Legally Blind student learns how to use a chainsaw! Article
Chainsaw wielding student is legally blind
Matteri will head to college this fall, but poor vision won’t dim his chances for a bright future. Source: (CNN/KFSM)SPRINGDALE, AR (CNN/KFSM) – Using a chainsaw seems simple enough, but for Springdale High School student Jackson Matteri, it’s a little more complicated because he’s legally blind.
At first the 18-year-old felt his lack of sight would stop him from learning to use the power tool, until he was inspired and taught by an instructor who, like Matteri, cannot see.
“I really enjoyed being able to cut through what I thought was a restriction, cut through what I thought was an impossibility but, realized this is a possible, hey, I can do this,” said Matteri.
A brain tumor damaged his vision when he was just a toddler, his view of the world is now a narrow window that only allows him to see directly in front of him.
That isn’t stopping him from learning, in the classroom he compensates with technology.
“I used to have a camera called the Onyx that I can zoom in and out and was able to view what was on the board and take notes that way. Now I have a monocular that’s kinda like a binocular except its one end,” said Matteri.
Matteri will head to college this fall, but poor vision won’t dim his chances for a bright future.
“I view my visual limitations as something not as something that limits me from doing things but as a factor of life. It’s not what makes me, but it’s just a part of me,” said Matteri.
Matteri said he’s not sure exactly where he’ll be going to college, but he said he knows he wants to be a counselor.
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