Blindness Doesn’t Stop Student From Envisioning Dreams of College

Posted on 08/15/2016

Posted by NBC News

emely_graduation_beacon_high_school_nyc_dcd3b1438cc7f004ad17c08e677ed835.nbcnews-ux-600-700Emely Recinos began losing her eyesight at age 7. She was unable to see the board at school, tripped on steps and said she “walked into things” at night.

A year later, she was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition that affects the retina — cone-rod dystrophy — and was told she might one day go blind.

“It was very scary and hard to hear as an 8-year-old,” said Recinos, now 18.

But Recinos, the daughter of El Salvadoran immigrants from New York City, didn’t let her disability get in the way of her dreams.

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