We are fortunate at BLIND Inc. to have a few alumni as staff members. We love being the kind of place where our graduates want to work. One such graduate is our Admissions Coordinator, Jennifer Wenzel.
When reflecting upon her time as a student in 1993, Jennifer points to the annual holiday tree cutting excursion as her favorite memory.
It was the first time I had been a part of the whole decorating process, she said.
I had decorated with my family before, but this time, I got to make decisions as a blind person about where decorations were placed rather than just being told where to put something. I not only got to help cut down the tree and string the lights, but I was a part of making visual decisions. That was very empowering to me.
As a staff member and a graduate, Jennifer has an important perspective on where we have been as a center and where we are headed.
One of the things I enjoy about where we are now is the family atmosphere we foster here, Jennifer said.
One thing that has remained a constant from when I was a student to now is the strong philosophy of blindness. One of the things that makes us unique is our blind instructors who live this every day. I remember as a student that the role modeling provided by my blind instructors, especially in travel, was critical for me. It was easy to trust and believe them because I knew they had to use these skills when the work day was over. It was not just do as I say, but do as I do. It’s still like that today. We really believe in the capabilities of blind people.
Jennifer finds the variety of tasks she gets to tackle to be the best part of her job. She acts as a liaison between potential students and state agencies, fills in when other instructors are out, gives tours to visitors, and much more.
I like that each day looks a little different.
When she’s not at work, you can find Jennifer trying new recipes in her kitchen, chasing after one of her three teenage boys, at a concert, or reading. Her current read is
The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson.
I love mysteries, suspense, and anything with a psychological twist, she said.
Jennifer is living proof that our graduates go on to live successful, independent, and full lives. If you or someone you know is blind and is ready to take a step towards achieving their own independence, Jennifer is here to show you how.