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Our Stories: People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired Succeeding at Work and Life

Belo Cipriani with his guide dog

Belo Cipriani with his guide dog

Meet Belo Cipriani

Beaten and robbed of his sight by childhood friends, Belo Cipriani was unexpectedly thrown into the world of blindness. He suddenly found himself learning how to walk, cook, and even date in the dark at age 26. But instead of letting vision loss defeat him, Belo has triumphed in his new world of contemporary blindness as an author, teacher, and freelance journalist.

When Belo first lost his sight, he struggled to find stories similar to his for encouragement and advice. He suffered from depression, anxiety, and PTSD because of his attack, so his therapist suggested he journal to help him cope. And it worked! As a result, Belo released a book, Blind: A Memoir. The book chronicles the two years immediately following Belo's assault.

Get to know Belo Cipriani by reading more of his story!

There are many other first-hand accounts from CareerConnect mentors of working as an employee who is blind or has low vision, special articles from CareerConnect mentees about what they gained through their connections with mentors, articles about mentors in various occupations who have been spotlighted by the media, and more!

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