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)

Tags By Users + Add Tags

West Islip Public Library (00:15)
The Bronx (00:31)
Retinitis Pigmentosa (00:39)
late onset (00:42)
New York Presbyterian Medical Center (01:04)
580 Castle Hill Avenue (01:08)

Transcript

Transcript not yet available. .

Interview Data

Date of Interview
March 22, 2015
Location of Interview
West Islip Public Library
Place of birth
Bronx, NY
Birth Year
1957
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library has dedicated this work to the public domain under the terms of a Creative Commons CC0 Dedication by waiving all of its rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library." Doing so helps us track how the work is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

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. 

https://goo.gl/forms/sSRenLF4Lux4bAMG2