Saudi activist Mohammed Saad will give a talk, "Seeing Clearly Now: Creative Technology for the Blind in Saudi Arabia," at the George Eastman Museum discussing his personal experiences as a blind photographer in Saudi Arabia. Saad teaches photography classes to the blind to dispel myths about the capabilities of folks who are visually impaired. Those who attend the lecture will get to see some of Saad's photographic portfolio, and Saad will also demonstrate his ability to capture audience members' portraits using voice recognition.
Saad's activism began with a push to translate Saudi restaurant menus into Braille. Ever since, he has advocated for the blind community in various ways, including training blind students to use Apple devices and to learn computer skills. The tech-savvy speaker also created an Arabic iPhone app called "MANHAL" which provides audio lessons in diverse educational topics for the blind. Most recently, Saad has created the Internet audio station "Sightful Fingertips" in which he mixes music, and he also teaches cooking lessons through social media.
Nonprofit organization Rochester Global Connections will host Mohammed Saad's talk. Admission is free and registration is required on the Eventbrite page. The main lecture will take place from 5:30 p.m. through 6:30 p.m. at the George Eastman House (900 East Avenue) on Tuesday, July 11, followed by a reception until 8 p.m. Local scientist, disability advocate, and researcher Luticha Doucette will moderate the discussion. Visit rochesterglobalconnections.org for more details.