Associate in Arts
Humberto Avila was born blind. “I began to talk and walk at age 2 and grew up as a regular kid. I began going to school at the age of five and learned Braille. I entered a regular school in the first grade and continued my studies until the middle of my 8th grade year,” stated Avilia. In November of 2005, at the age of 14, he moved from Mexico to the United States with his parents to have better opportunities for education and training for employment. “In Mexico, my parents had to buy all my material for school, including cumbersome Braille devices which were very expensive and they could not afford. In the United States everything I needed was provided as part of my high school education,” explained Humberto. Attending Davis High School, he graduated with a 3.3GPA, and participated many extracurricular activities including playing violin for his high school orchestra as well as perform at many local events. He also played for the student Maricahi band where he strengthened musical skills and had the chance to volunteer in the community. Currently, he plays piano for the St. Paul Cathedral Church Choir. In addition, he served on the staff of his high school newspaper, The Five Star. “I wrote stories ranging from news, features, and opinions. Besides being a staff member, I became the online editor and put all the stories of the paper that were in print to the web for everyone to see. By the end of the class, I was awarded for being the online editor of the year,” he continued. Humberto recently accepted at scholarship from the National Foundation of the Blind at the Washington State Convention. This scholarship will help dramatically in his pursuit of higher education. Following YVCC he plans to transfer to a 4-year university and earn a bachelor’s degree in education with a minor in information technology. “My goal is to become an instructor of the blind with a specialty in teaching assistive technology. I love computers, and I think I will be able to teach them to others, as well as the different adaptive technologies that are out there,” he concluded.
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