More About Mary Sue Welch

A Little Blog about Myself

Mary Sue WelchI was born in Huntsville, Texas. My Dad was the first person to realize that I was blind. Every time I was brought into see my parents, my eyes were closed. Upon our arrival home, Daddy laid me n the bed and shined a light in my eyes. I didn’t have a reaction to this stimulation. So, like so many parents before, I was taken to many specialists in hope that something could be done for me so that I could have my vision. It just wasn’t meant to be.

As the years went by, I told Daddy that I wanted to be a nurse, a secretary, and maybe a truck driver. The truck driving was the only career Daddy steered me away from. He was certain that I would be a great nurse or a fantastic secretary.

As a blind child, my dreams were as big as my sighted friends. I realized that things would be a bit more difficult for me, but I had no doubt that everything would work out fine.

I was right! When I was nineteen-years-old, I began working as a clerk typist for The Internal Revenue Service in Austin. Eventually, I left IRS for The Social Security Administration. Working my way up the ladder at SSA, I had many opportunities to learn how to be a good clerical employee. I learned to be an interviewer of people applying for Social Security benefits and I processed these claims to the payment stage. I worked in several offices in Texas and each time I changed offices I took he opportunity to explain to the staff what my limitations were and what they were not. I made it very clear that going to lunch was not a limitation and I never lacked partners to visit with.

I became a wife, a mother, and a friend to many people that I met along my path. I credit much of my independence to TSBVI. There I learned to think of myself as someone who had much to offer. It was difficult to believe that at times, but I knew it was true.

I bring to ABCTX a desire to improve the experiences of blind children. It’s important to me that the children we serve know that there is a future for all of us. Maybe theirs won’t be like mine, but I want to be a part of ensuring that blind children have experiences to remember a they grow up and take their places in society.

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