Terry posing in front of Clovernook sign

September 14, 2022

Meet Terry Strader, Plate Embossing Device (PED) Operator and braille proofreader at Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired. Terry is responsible for operating a PED machine that embosses braille onto metal sheets, which are then used to produce magazines in braille. He also proofreads those magazines to discover any mistakes that may need correcting before they are printed. Terry has been an outstanding, dedicated employee since 1993.

“Clovernook Center has opened a lot of doors for me and I’m doing things that I never thought that I could do,” said Terry.

Terry had retinal damage at birth which caused his blindness. Currently, he uses a white cane to travel freely and safely in his daily life. Anyone that knows Terry would account that he never lets his blindness get in the way of what he wants to achieve in his life and his always positive attitude.

“Blindness is what you make out of it. If you have confidence and ability, you can do anything that you want,” said Terry.

Being an avid thrill seeker, Terry enjoys riding roller coasters several times a year at Kings Island. Some of his other pastime activities include cheering on the University of Kentucky basketball team, listening to country music, going out to eat and spending time with his family, friends and his cat, Cuddles. A fascinating fact about Terry is that he is a highly skilled free throw shooter. Terry’s hidden talent was discovered by the Memphis Grizzlies who invited him to shoot free throws during intermissions at two of their basketball games.

“I’ve met so many great people at Clovernook Center and I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” said Terry.

Clovernook Center is proud to have Terry and so many other amazing staff members on our team. Thank you, Terry, for all you do for Clovernook Center.

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