Devin Fernandez

Interviewed By Ed Plumacher

Devin Fernandez, an electrician by trade, holds a black belt in martial arts and actively practices meditation. Several years ago, Devin was badly burned in an electrical fire; his injuries required years of painful skin grafts. After he returned to work, Devin began noticing that his eyes had difficulty adjusting to light. A diagnoses of Retinitis Pigmentosa ended his ability to drive. Devin remained resiliant, however, and actively sought services -- especially assistive technology -- to help him continue to lead a productive, independent life. In this interview, he describes how he was inspired by his interest in the martial arts to found Third Eye Insight - a nonprofit offering training in the martial arts, yoga and meditation to the blind and visually impaired. (Summary by: Arthur Vinnitsky)

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Interview Data

Date of Interview
March 22, 2015
Location of Interview
West Islip Public Library
Place of birth
Bronx, NY
Birth Year
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About This Collection

Visible Lives: Oral Histories of the Disability Experience

Visible Lives: Oral Histories of the Disability Experience is an oral history project that works to both preserve and document a thematic history through personal recollections. This project will collect stories of people who are living with a disability and the Library will train community members to conduct these interviews. Interviews will be shared in a preservation archive at The Milstein Division and on the New York Public Library website.  Public programs will also connect neighborhood residents and project participants.

Visible Lives is a project of Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library in Manhattan.  A public archive will be kept at this local branch for future generations to listen to and research.