Condition / Challenge:

Retinitis Pigmentosa

Celebrated For:

Dora is 16 years old young lady who was born in China with Retinitis Pigmentosa which is a progressive eye condition. Dora learned Chinese and English braille while attending the Deaf Blind School in China. She also attended a church school which is where she learned to speak English. In December 2015, Dora moved to Texas with her mother. Dora is very thankful she had the opportunity to move to the United States to start a new life.
When she started school in Tyler this past January, she was introduced to many time saving technologies to produce and read braille. She learned to use Braillenote, a cane and a computer screen reader which allows her to be able to complete her classwork quicker and more independently. The introduction of the cane allows her to go from class to class by herself and she has memorized her schedule and the routes to each class very quickly. She has had to learn a lot in the short time she has been here all while continuing to increase her English vocabulary! The teachers and students in Tyler have been helpful and kind and know how important it is for Dora to become more independent.
Dora enjoys playing the piano, reading, swimming and attending church functions. Dora learned to play the piano at a music school in China and plans on playing the piano at church in Tyler.

“Dora is a delightful young lady with a sweet nature. She is a very diligent worker and always tries her best to succeed!”