Garrick Scott, President
Garrick Scott was born in 1969 in Warner Robins, Georgia.† He has a
daughter, five brothers and two sisters.† Even though his vision loss is due
to a hereditary eye disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa, he is the only one in his
family that is blind.† He says at first it was challenging, but over the
years he and his family have adjusted well to it.
Despite losing his vision at 18, Garrick continued to pursue his
dreams.† He finished high school and attended college at Gardener Webb
University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.† In 1997 he graduated with a
BA degree in Communication Studies. Scott says he pursued this degree because it had 90% of all the things he enjoyed such as radio and TV work, newspaper and drama classes.
Shortly after graduation, Scott was attending a Foundation for Fighting
Blindness meeting in Atlanta and heard about the National Federation of the
Blind.† He says he was not initially interested in becoming a member.
Although NFB members encouraged him to get involved, it was his daughter,
Jazmine, who eventually persuaded him to become a member.† While having a
conversation with her about doing household chores, Scott reflected on his
need to be more independent.† He discovered he was not doing everything he
could for himself or for the blind community.
This insight was the stepping-stone for his involvement not only in the NFB
but other blind-related activities.† In 2002, he was nominated for
membership to the advisory board for the Library for Accessible Services,
formerly known as the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.† Not
stopping there, Scott also volunteered to be a mentor for blind students at
the Center for the Visually Impaired.† In 2004, he received his state
certification to be a peer counselor for people with disabilities.† During
that same time he worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Disability Link, an
independent living center for the disabled.† He also is a member of
Beyond Sight, a local chapter of Toastmasters†International, and teaches
public speaking to blind students.
Scott says he is irritated when people complain but refuse to become a part of
the solution.† He says that when he does something he does it all the way.† He is
currently the President of the NFB of GA.† In this position Scott
Coordinates the Beta Project where he travels bi-monthly to the Georgia Academy
for the blind in Macon.†† As well as Druid Hills Middle School, the Center
for the Visually Impaired after school program, and several Cobb County Schools. There he engages with the students about various Blind related issues such as overcoming blind
stereotypes and how to educate the public on blindness.† He also works with
the GEMS program, an acronym for Georgians Empowering through Mentoring
Success, which connects blind youth with blind adults.††† Scottís tireless
work with blind youth was recognized and he received the Keith Tonge
Leadership award in 2007.† He says that he is honored every time he sees a
young person grow into their own and knowing that he played a part in it.
Garrick has continued to work diligently in the blind community. He currently serves as Chairman of the Georgia†Audible Universal Information Access Service (AUIAS), as well as Chairman of the board for Disability Link, a†Center for Independent
Living. He is a recent graduate of the Leadership Dekalb class of 2011, a program designed to foster future leaders in the county. His plans as president are to continue promoting the mission and philosophy of the NFB; and to personally increase usage and participation in the NFB-NEWSLINE.† His personal goals are to gain his teacher’s certification, and improve his proficiency in Braille.