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’Painting pictures’ for Weston

’Painting pictures’ for Weston
PASCALLE BIPPERT Weston Wright was diagnosed as blind when he was 2-1/2 years old, but it hasn’t stopped him from learning to play the guitar or mastering video games!

I just met an awesome, energetic, brilliant young boy. He is 7 years old, rides a dirt bike, is learning to play guitar, reads well beyond his age level, and has beaten most video games that exist. Oh! I forgot to add that also he is blind.

Weston Wright was diagnosed as blind at 2-1/2 months old. The ophthalmologist told his mother, Christina, that this baby would learn to talk around 3 to 4 years of age and be potty trained around 4 or 5. This doctor believes that 98 percent of what we learn is visual.

Christina dismissed that doctor and proceeded to be a very strong advocate for her little boy. She hopes to inspire and educate other parents out there with children who have special needs that they are their children’s best advocate and they can insist on better care from medical professionals for their child.

“My child will never have anyone speak for him or be a better advocate for him than me,” she said. “Parents have a voice. Never give up on your child. Use your parents’ intuition. Be strong for your child.”

Christina is passionate about this cause.

“I always say that we do not have disability in this household,” Christina stated. “Blindness is an inability and we can overcome that.”

Weston rides a dirt bike. Christina and Weston’s dad, Marcus, put a walkie-talkie in his helmet and he rides around the yard. They give him directions, such as “left” or “right,” and he rides and rides. He is fearless.

Got game?

Weston plays video games by sound. He holds the controller up by his ear and he knows when his character has drawn his sword and when he has triumphed. He regularly beats his older brother, Nicholas, a seventh-grader, and other neighborhood kids at every game he plays.

One of his favorite places to interact with the public is GameStop. He went in once and asked the guys who work there what he should do next, now that he had reached a particular level in a game. They were dumbfounded and embarrassed and had to tell Weston that they had never even reached that level!

This amazing young man also is learning to play guitar. He loves music. Certain people’s voices enchant him. He loves some hard-rock vocalists, some country, and even some rap. His mother said that Weston does not have the visual judging mechanism sighted people have, which is why he likes music for the voices he hears.

He is currently taking guitar lessons from Blake Prater. He played a beautiful chord for me.

Weston said he wants to learn to drive. He heard that Mercedes is producing a car that will drive itself when the driver enters in the GPS coordinates.

I asked him what color car he would choose. Then I felt guilty, knowing that he has never seen colors, and I felt stupid and embarrassed. But Weston just thought for a second and answered, “Camo.” Clearly, technology is his friend and play toy.

Connecting dots

He attends La Vernia Primary School, where a special teacher for the visually impaired comes in to teach him.

Weston mastered the Braille alphabet in three months. In order to move from second grade, he has to be reading on a level of 20. He has exceeded that, and reads on a level 24. In fact, he reads faster in Braille than his mother does with the written word. Christina said she is going to learn how to read Braille, because Weston is learning how to type in Braille on his Mountbatten device and she wants to read what he writes. He is now learning to make “contractions,” which are ways to use the dots on the machine to create whole words.

He has an MP3 recorder and listens to books on it. Christina also reads books to him and records her voice reading so he can play them over and over. Junie B. Jones books are some of his favorites. He recorded my voice and played it back at supersonic speed, making me sound like an auctioneer. He giggled and giggled and thought that was a very funny thing.

Unique thinking

Christina said she loves to have conversations with her son, because he thinks outside the box. He asked her one day, “How many arms does an armadillo have?” She had to think about it for a minute, because the animal has the word arm in its name.

He’s also asked her, “What does Heaven smell like? Does it smell like gingerbread and chocolate chip cookies?”

“Everything we do is ’painting pictures’ for him,” she said.

She calls him “Million-question Weston,” because he’s always asking questions to paint pictures.

“The only limits he has are ones his parents have not given him the opportunity to try,” Christina said.

He succeeds at everything he tries.

Lighting the Way

On Saturday, Sept. 29, Weston Wright will be the master of ceremonies at the fourth annual Weston Wright “Lighting the Way” 5K/10K Run/Walk in San Antonio at the beautiful Roosevelt Park/Mission Reach Trail, to benefit the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind.

More than 600 children in the San Antonio area are visually impaired. The closest school for them used to be in Austin. They just broke ground on a multi-million dollar facility to teach the visually impaired. All proceeds will benefit the Blind Youth Education program for children from birth to 14.

Weston said he gets to blow an air horn to start the race and he and his daddy always finish the race first. He always gets to wear the No. 1 on his race shirt. This year’s event will include food, prizes, and more.

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Be sure cheer for Weston as he crosses the finish line!

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