Dave Perry was chosen as CABVI’s 2016 Bradley L. Kaylor Blind Employee of the Year and also received the National Industries for the Blind (NIB) Peter J. Salmon National Employee of the Year Award. As an Assistant Tape Machine Operator, Dave operates a machine that cuts tape from two thousand pound jumbo rolls down to standard individual size rolls of tape. His quality of work, productivity, and attitude are exemplary. Dave is quick to say yes to opportunities to improve things for groups of people, especially people with vision loss. At CABVI, he serves on the Agency Safety Committee, the Agency Wellness Committee, and he is the Assistant Steward for the Teamster Local 100, serving as a representative for the Industries Program employees.
Dave’s life has presented him with many opportunities to adapt to difficulties and choose to rise above them. At age 12, he lost all of his vision due to glaucoma and a detached retina caused by a baseball accident. He graduated from high school, volunteered for the American Cancer Society as a call representative, and eventually began working for CABVI.
Dave has served in the community as a mentor for the National Federation of the Blind, Director of the Kentucky Association for Blind Athletes, Director of Membership for the American Council for the Blind of Ohio, and President of the Northern Kentucky Council of the Blind. He is currently involved with the United States Association of Blind Athletes as an active participant in both goal ball and beeperball. As Dave likes to say, “I am very grateful to work in an organization like CABVI, where people who are blind have the same opportunities for independent living, competitive employment, and recreational activities as people who are sighted.”