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Blind Student Excels With Support from City Colleges

11/24/2013 12:00 AM

​Did you know that the City Colleges of Chicago is one of the largest community college systems in the nation?

This year, they have awarded almost 4,000 degrees. One of the recent graduates has succeeded in many ways, despite his disability. Six months ago, Gerarado Salinas, 26, graduated with honors from Daley College.

"I decided to come to Daley College because it's cheaper, it's more accessible. You can take as many classes and you can transfer these courses to a university," he said. 

Gerarado, who was born in Mexico, lost his vision when he was 12.

"I had retina detachment in both eyes. I had six surgeries and nothing worked," he said. "A year after I lost my vision, I decided to come to the United States to Chicago for the American dream, for a better opportunity."  

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