Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tom the teacher

I think that most would agree with me that good teachers are often very hard to come by and when you find one just hold on to them with all of your might and never let go. Praise them, appreciate them, and let them know how much you need them.

Tom Dekker is one such teacher. He is blind, has a lovely guide dog named Abe, and he has simply opened up the world of mobile devices and apps to me. Tom is patient, humorous, but above all, he never gives up and his lessons are just a mind blower. They are never boring!

I think that any student would be happy to have Tom the teacher as their mentor. He does not let his blindness hold him back. He is just not a teacher but also an accomplished music player. Sighted or blind, it does not matter to Tom.

If he does not know the answer to a question he goes out there and finds it for me! He has an uncanny ability to think outside of the box! He can teach blind and sighted students alike and you know what? He knows just when to jump in and help and just when to back off and let me do things for myself.

Ah yes! That’s my Tom the terrific teacher! A breeze in a bottle! As humble as pie, speaks his mind, and always positive! What more can I honestly ask for?

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and encouraging you to go out there and tell others about Tom my teacher. Come by and visit me any time at
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