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Seyoon Choi

Seyoon Choi, an eighth-grader at Parkway Central Middle School who receives services from SSD, faces visual impairment challenges with a positive attitude and welcomes learning new skills.

When Seyoon came to the United States three years ago, he spoke almost no English and had no experience in Braille or with any assistive technologies.

According to SSD teachers Lynn Berger and Candace Hickerson, who nominated Seyoon for the Rosemary Zander Award, he sets goals for himself and can achieve anything to which he sets his mind.

“He has taken on a second language and learned Braille simultaneously,” said Amanda Kraft, teacher at Parkway Central Middle School.

Seyoon has also learned to navigate his surroundings to promote safe and efficient travel and seek independence. “Seyoon’s vision warranted a long cane to safely navigate, and he picked up the skill quickly,” said Hickerson.

Seyoon plans to visit Parkway Central High School to learn the layout of the school for next year. “He takes a challenge and seeks to master it, tackling it with a positive attitude and perseverance,” added Hickerson.

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