August 15, 2022

Meet Jacob “Jake” Burton, Collator Operator at Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired. Jake is responsible for embossing books with a Braillo machine that transfers text into tactile braille cells. These books are then made available for individuals who are blind or have low vision by the National Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS). Jake started at Clovernook Center in March of 2021.

“I like being a part in helping to get those books out to people,” said Jake.

At six months of age, Jake was diagnosed with septo-optic dysplasia. It is a rare condition that involves the underdevelopment of the optic nerves leading to impaired vision in one or both eyes. Jake’s left eye only perceives light, and he has nearsightedness.

In Jake’s spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and step-children, watching television, listening to music, playing video games, listening to audio books, skiing, going out to eat, being outdoors with his dog and attending Cincinnati Bengals and Reds games. A Memphis native, Jake earned a degree in music history from the University of Memphis and sang in local bands.

“I like the people that I work with and the work that I do at Clovernook Center. It’s the complete package,” said Jake.

Clovernook Center appreciates Jake’s incredible work ethic and wishes him continued success within our Braille Printing House.

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