We hosted a reading of several passages from award-winning writer Anthony Candela's work. It was a very moving evening. Anthony talked about the importance of inclusion of people with disabilities in all our areas of our culture, and we heard passages from his memoir and his novel.
Anthony is semi-retired from a professional career in the field of blindness and visual impairment, specializing in enhancing the employment success of blind persons and spanning more than 45 years. He is a recipient of the Steven Garff Marriott Award for lifetime achievement from the American Foundation for the Blind which honors a blind or visually impaired individual who has served as an extraordinary mentor or who has attained remarkable professional success. Candela is a “retired athlete” (wrestler and long-distance runner).
In addition to his two published books, a memoir, Stand Up or Sit Out: Memories and Musings of a Blind Wrestler, Runner, and All-around Regular Guy, and a science fiction novella, Vision Dreams: A Parable; Candela has also published short pieces in various organizational newsletters and magazines as well as professional articles in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.