Joe Strechay has followed his passions and goals over the years and has recently merged his work and passions into one job and is having the time of his life. From managing the Career Connect program at American Foundation for the Blind, AFB, to Director of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services. Joe also worked on transition and employment initiatives at the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and the Florida Department for the Blind.
With all that going on, Joe never lost touch for his love of movies. From working with actors, writers, and keeping on being involved, people started to call on Joe for his Blindness consulting. This led up to him leaving his day job and join the team creating, “See”, the latest Apple TV Plus series just released November 1st.
Joe is the Asociate Producer and Blindness Consultant for the production and has been side-by-side with the directors most of season one.
Joe talks about the commitment Apple has made to hiring people with disabilities. Not to just hire token BVI’s, they auditioned everyone and the BVI actors they did hire beat out the sighted actors trying out – they wanted good actors.
From training Blindness skills to thousands of individuals , Joe takes that experience with him and works with visually impaired actors for accommodations, as well as sighted actors to focus on their other senses on the set of See.
Joe points out people and organizations that has impacted his journey:
- American Printing House @APHForTheBlind www.APH.org
- Apple TV Plus @AppleTV www.Apple.com
- Erik Weihenmayer – @NoBarriersUSA www.NoBarriersUSA.org
Join Joe Strechay and Jeff Thompson in this in-depth look at the way Joe’s experience and passions have led him to his most inclusive project, the Apple TV Plus series See.
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