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Meet Jessica Beecham, a blind business woman with a passion for making health and wellness accessible to everyone.


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Jessica has worked as a recreational therapist; a pediatric masseuse; was a founding member of the Sports and Recreation Division of the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado; and is currently a co-founder and Program Director at a popular fitness company in Colorado called WE Fit Wellness. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies and a Masters of Science in Exercise Science. See what Jessica has to say about succeeding in the business world:

Tip 1: The Sky Is the Limit

If you combine your passion with the right education and training, you can work in any field that interests you.

People who are blind work in every type of job imaginable. There are blind computer programmers, software developers, and software testers; blind counselors, therapists, and social workers; blind doctors, lawyers, and scientists; blind musicians, dancers, and artists, and more.

There are also blind entrepreneurs who own and run their own businesses, from daycare centers to restaurants, bakeries, vending stands, shops, real estate companies, publishing companies, and more.

Tip 2: Use the Tools of the Trade

Every person and job is different, but there are some common tools blind professionals use in the workplace to do research, read and write documents, schedule tasks, send and check email, make phone calls, fill out forms, and label items. Since organization and communication are such important parts of work, knowing how to use these tools is essential:

Tip 3: Train for Success

Whether you receive training in school, through a state center, or a private center, these skills are essential to success:

Tip 4: Put Health and Fitness First

Choosing healthy foods and an active lifestyle will give you the energy you need to take on any challenge. There are so many fun sports to choose from. Think about joining a sports group, or even starting your own with friends or classmates! Here are some ideas to get you started:


Pauline and John-John's Lemonade Stand


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In Lemonade in Winter, young entrepreneurs Pauline and John-John open a lemonade stand together. Review the steps they took and answer the questions below:

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This activity was created by Melissa Riccobono for Great Expectations.



Being an Entrepreneur


Maybe you want to run your own business someday. If you do, here are a few things to think about!

  • Successful businesses provide things people want and need.
  • Use fliers, ads, and an accessible website to spread the word about your business.
  • Treat every customer with respect.
  • Do something you enjoy; the more you love what you do, the easier it will be.
  • If you do the same thing as another business, do it better! This will set you apart.
  • Work hard in school. Good business people need to be able to read, write, and do math well.

Tips from a Blind Architect

Tips from a Blind Actor

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Meet George Ashiotis, a blind actor working in New York City.

Tips from a Blind Scientist

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Learn about "Hoby" Wedler, a computational organic chemist who received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis.

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