Career Expo: From Homeless, to Training, to Employment and Working on His Degree – Meet Bobby Binns


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Show Summary:

State Services for the Blind hosted a Career Expo for high school and college students who are blind, low vision, or DeafBlind.

The event took place on Saturday, April 27.

Throughout the Expo students had the opportunity to:

  • Connect with adults with a vision loss from a variety of professions and careers.
  • Hear from college representatives about what college is like.
  • Learn why diversity matters from an employer’s point of view.
  • Share and learn about assistive technology
  • Sign up for individual informational and/or mock interviews.

In this interview, Jeff Thompson caught up with Bobby Binns:

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Robert was walking to a college class when he lost his sight in 2012. He fell into a depressed stage, believing that the only thing left for him was channel surfing and listening to television shows. One day he realized that he didn’t want to just sit at home for the next 40 years. He wanted to live. Because he was a new United States citizen, however, Robert had to wait for an extended time before receiving services. He ended up in a homeless shelter. All he has accomplished since then shows how high expectations and adjustment to blindness training can open many doors.


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