Student Stories (Weston)

by Team Camp on December 26, 2007

When I was first told that I was going to be meeting with Adam I was worried that he was going to be either  harsh and bitter from having to overcome so much adversity or possibly be unprepared for the challenges that lie ahead.  I could not have been more wrong.  From the beginning I quickly realized that he is a friendly, kind person and has a great sense of humor that makes working with him both simple and fun.

While I cannot really say what he learns from me anymore than he can, I can say that I am learning a lot from him.  I am continually suprised and amazed to see his potential.  His abilities are growing every day and, although I expected our project to be a simple demonstration, it has long since surpassed that and I’m excited to see where it leads.  His ideas on different accessible interfaces have led me to rethink the way I consider the human-computer interface, which even with vision is a challenging and unsolved problem.

Definitely the biggest thing I’ve learned from him came from a conversation we had about Nemeth braille.  We had gotten around to talking about where the name came from and he told me it was named after the hero, Abraham Nemeth.  I’ve never really heard anyone called a hero in such a context.  It’s a constant reminder that the things we do have a lasting impact, and that we all have the opportunity to be a hero in people’s lives.  With his ideas, courage, and spirituality, Adam has been one of my living heroes since the day we met.

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