Blind reading tutor finds success

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Jun 11, 2014 at 1:13 pm

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) -- As a Minnesota Reading Corps tutor, Jordan Richardson didn't think his blindness would be a deterrent to helping his elementary school students. Neither did the children.

The 23-year-old Richardson has completed the year at Earle Brown Elementary School in Brooklyn Park and is headed to law school this fall.

Richardson says he talked to his 4- and 5-year-old students about his disability when the year began. He says it wasn't a big issue to them — being blind has no relevance to reading.

The Star Tribune reports Richardson says he has less than 5 percent vision and relies on a packet of handmade cards marked visually and in Braille to teach his students. The preschoolers say they consider their teacher a big kid who sat with them in miniature chairs and made reading fun.

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