James working on a blue folder

March 8, 2023

Meet James Woodruff, Utility Worker at Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired. He is responsible for putting together file folders and quality assurance, which entails checking braille books to ensure that pages are in numerical order and that there are no duplicates. James’ employment began at Clovernook Center when he was a teenager, working at a summer program before becoming a permanent employee in 2007. James is a devoted employee who likes to stay busy.

“I like to be constantly working and be productive,” said James.

James’s optic nerve did not fully develop during birth, which caused his blindness. He has light perception and can see shadows. As a youth, James was a student at the Ohio State School for the Blind in Columbus, Ohio, where he actively participated in swimming and track. James uses a white cane to identify objects around him when he travels from place to place. James always has a positive attitude when trying new things and encourages others to do the same.

“Keep your head up, keep trying and you will get better. Practice makes perfect,” said James.

James considers himself a “coaster buff” who enjoys riding his favorite roller coasters, such as Diamondback and Orion at Kings Island. He also likes listening to music, attending concerts, fishing for catfish, listening to crime television shows, bowling, playing his keyboard, going out to eat at Outback Steakhouse, playing pool, traveling, following the Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers and spending time with his favorite dog, Luna.

“I like all of the nice people and the friendships I’ve made at Clovernook Center,” said James.

Thank you, James, for continuing to be a wonderful addition to the Clovernook Center team.

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