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George Kerscher
George Kerscher

George Kerscher

DAISY Consortium

San Rafael, CA USA

"You can’t build a life around hoping for something to come and cure you; you have to figure out ways to make things work."

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George's work combines: Education, Technology, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Secretary General

I work to make published information fully accessible through technology to persons with print disabilities since 1988.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    English/Language Arts Teacher Education

    Northeastern Illinois University

  • Graduate Degree

    Computer and Information Sciences, General

    The University of Montana

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Has retinitis pigmentosa, which causes a very gradual degeneration of the retina.

  • 2.

    His vision started declining at age 21 and he became totally blind at age 77.

  • 3.

    Says “if you like puzzles, having a disability is great; you’re constantly trying to find new ways to make things work for you.”

  • 4.

    Because he had so much time to cope with his slowly degenerating eyesight, he was able to think of and implement solutions for other blind people.

  • 5.

    After he finished his undergraduate studies, he went back to school to pursue a master’s degree in computer science.

  • 6.

    However, all of his materials were in print, and as his eyesight was starting to fail, he had trouble reading his books for class.

  • 7.

    He wrote to the textbook companies and requested the floppy disks that contained the material in his textbooks.

  • 8.

    From those disks, he wrote software that allowed his computer to read his books aloud to him, essentially developing the first audiobook.