Sam was diagnosed in early adolescence with Stargardt’s Disease, a juvenile form of macular degeneration, and was legally blind by his mid-teens. Sam’s first dive into YouTube came in 2012 when he was hired to create content for a mobile technology channel, Mobile Tech Videos 2. While in that position he added a couple of videos about phone accessibility apps for people with low vision and received positive feedback from members of the community. This encouraged him to create his own YouTube channel, The Blind Life, dedicated to sharing his experiences living with vision loss. At the time of writing this, The Blind Life (formerly, The Blind Spot) has over 12000 subscribers and boasts over 480 videos covering a wide variety of topics of interest for those affected by vision loss. Sam tries to show the humorous side of life with low vision while also sharing many tips and tricks he’s learned over the last 30 years. He is currently working as an Assistive Technology Program Coordinator at a nonprofit where he shares his knowledge and helps others learn to use accessibility tools to make their lives easier.
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