Leyna Coleman is a Braille Proof Reader based at Auckland’s Awhina House. This week, we met up with her to find out more about what she does and why she enjoys her job at the Blind Foundation.

What does your job encompass?

I read the Braille produced at Accessible format Productions by touch to check for errors. If any are found I note them down so the Braille producer can correct them. I also work with volunteers who read the print copy alongside me to make sure the Braille accurately represents the print.

How long have you been working at the Blind Foundation for?

I began working at the Blind Foundation in March 2017 and started working full-time in November of the same year.

Can you tell us about a particular work highlight?

A regular highlight is working with the volunteers. They all come from different backgrounds and bring different skills. It adds enjoyment and variety to my day.

Can you tell us what your hobbies are?

I enjoy music [both playing and listening] and am a keen reader.

What is the most adventurous, brave, unusual or crazy thing you have ever experienced?

On my seventeenth birthday, my dad and I climbed the Auckland harbour bridge. It was a little scary at times but I was thrilled to be doing something anyone else can do and the unique sounds that went with the climb made it an interesting experience.

Where’s your favourite place in the world?

Coopers Beach in Northland. I go up there almost every year for a camp and enjoy the people. The atmosphere and the usually lovely weather.

Who inspires you and why?

This might sound cheesy but truly my greatest inspiration is my Mum. She is blind herself and has taught me from the beginning how to live with a vision impairment. She supports and encourages me in everything I do.