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Meet Rachel Magario

Meet Rachel Magario, an assistive technology specialist at PACER Center and a person who is blind. In her series of videos, Rachel shares her story, including the impact of assistive technology, parental support, and maintaining a positive outlook for the future.

  • Duration: 2 minutes
  • Date Posted: 3/11/2015
  • Topics: Perseverance, Vision Disability

Funding for this series was provided in part by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.


Hi, I'm Rachel Magario, and I'm originally from Brazil, but I've lived in the U.S. for 17 years.

I came here originally for college, and I lost my sight when I was about six years old.

A lot of people think I can see some, but really I cannot see anything other than light.

But that hasn't stopped me from continuing my life.

That's my visible disability.

And then I have a couple of invisible ones.

When I was 20 years old and I was a freshman in college I got run over by a car on campus, and I broke two vertebras and had a head concussion, several staples in my head.

And I also got a kidney failure due to that.

So I went to college doing dialysis for about five years.

It took me seven years to finish college.

And I got two degrees.

And I also had to go through some kidney transplant.

Today I work for the Simon Technology Center at Pacer.

Pacer Center is an advocacy parent agency, but we have several projects and Simon Technology is only one of them.

So I'm an assistant technology -- I'm an assistant technology specialist.

And what I do is try to help people with their correct technology to help them overcome a limitation.

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