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George Kerscher of Missoula develops tech for those with disabilities

August 27, 2017View for printing

From the Monday's Montanans are making a difference series

If you like using your smart phone to find your way in a new city, you have blind people to thank.

George Kerscher of Missoula wants people to realize that much of the technology they take for granted -- such as the Google Maps software that gives voice commands for GPS navigation -- was developed by and for visually impaired people long before it was available to the masses.

As an advocate for people with disabilities and a senior employee at a large company that specializes in accessibility technology, Kerscher is at the forefront of developing ways to make simple tasks like reading books and nutrition labels as easy for blind people or those with learning disabilities as it is for everyone else.

Kerscher has been blind since 1977.

DAVID ERICKSON david.erickson@missoulian.com

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