Jim Sayre has thrived in two worlds

ZANESVILLE – Jim Sayre grew up in two worlds.

One was designed to make his life easier. The other, anything but. It was the more difficult of the two that helped him thrive, and inspired him to write a book about his life.

Sayre could see when he was born, but never had perfect vision, even as a baby. By the time he started first grade at Lincoln Elementary School in Zanesville, his vision was fading fast. After a month he was placed in a special class with materials adapted for the visually impaired. By the end of the year, he was completely blind.

The only option for Sayre to continue his education was to go to the Columbus School for the Blind. He lost a year of school, and started over in first grade.

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