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Adam Higby – Francis Tuttle Technology Center

Vision-impaired machinist sees a bright future after completing CareerTech training.

THEN: A young man who had been diagnosed with optic nerve dystrophy at the age of 5, a disease Adam Higby inherited from his grandfather. The disease deteriorates the optic nerve because of poor blood flow. Despite Adam’s vision impairment he wanted to be a machinist, and Francis Tuttle Technology Center worked with NewView Oklahoma to make that happen. NewView Oklahoma is a nonprofit organization that helps vision-impaired individuals through rehabilitation, employment and community outreach. Their staff helped make classes in Francis Tuttle’s precision machining/computer numerical control program more accessible.

Adam was the first vision-impaired student to graduate from the three-year machining program, where he learned:

  • Blueprint reading, basic metallurgy and precision measurement.
  • To operate machines, including horizontal and vertical mills.
  • To operate computer numerical control machine centers.

NOW: A full-time machinist for NewView Oklahoma. The nonprofit’s CEO called Adam a “trailblazer.” Adam and his wife have a 5-year-old son.


“Don’t let people tell you that you can’t do something. You’ve got no excuse.”

Adam Higby

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