NORMAL – When one of Cary Supalo’s students says a chemistry problem is too difficult, he has a standard reply that usually stops them cold.
“My being the blind guy,” he tells them, “if I can do that, you can do it, too.”
Supalo is an assistant professor at Illinois State University who has an Indiana-based business that sells adaptive equipment for the blind or visually impaired.
While in Pennsylvania, he served on the Governor’s Advisory Committee for the Blind. He recently was appointed to the Normal Human Relations Commission.
“I believe in a can-do attitude,” said Supalo, who lost his sight at age 7 to a rare genetic condition called FEVR, Familial Exudative Vitreo-Retinopathy.