Seeing The Positives in Blindness

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Baylor Grad Sees Positives In Blindness

Image of Brooke Jostad with her saxophone. Image source is from the Waco Tribune-Herald.

Brooke Jostad with her saxophone – Image Source: Waco Tribune-Herald

Positives in being blind, you might think to yourself.  Yes, Brooke Jostad feels that her being blind is just another way of seeing the world.  She sees the world through sounds, scents, and touch.  Brooke navigates with the help of her dog, Mattie.  Brooke learned to navigate with a white cane but found a guide dog to be a faster mode of getting around.  Brooke has the gift of music and began playing the piano at age 4, the clarinet for almost ten years and the saxophone for about six years.

Brooke hasn’t allowed being blind to prevent her from accomplishing her goals.  She graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in social work and is continuing with her master’s degree.  She volunteers, travels and enjoys playing music. She looks at being blind as something that makes her unique but it doesn’t define her or limit her.

When asked if being blind is tough Brooke responded, “I don’t think it’s tough, I think it’s a process. It can be tough if there aren’t good sidewalks.”

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