Brian Miller was born with defective retinas and could barely see large text inches from his face, the Washington Post reports.
As a public-school student in California in the 1970s and 1980s, he was among the first wave of blind students to sit in classrooms alongside the sighted, and he vowed that his disability would not hold him back.
That determination led to a career with the U.S. Education Department’s Rehabilitation Services Administration, where he helped students with disabilities like his, and to a rich and busy life filled with friends and travel.
Both ended when Miller died at 52 of complications of covid-19. He was otherwise healthy, his mother said.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos phoned his mother to offer her condolences and to thank her for Miller’s service.