May Yee Khoo is Honored with Hadley's 2018 'Professional Award'
Watching a parent or grandparent slowly lose their vision as they age is never easy. For Stanford University graduate ('17) May Yee Khoo, it served as a launching pad for an exploration into the world of the visually impaired.
The Palo Alto woman has been on a mission for the past decade to learn as much as she can about the mysterious system of braille. She explains that not only has it allowed her to help her grandmother who lives in her native Malaysia, but for future assistance she can offer to individuals with vision loss throughout the Bay Area, especially with her interest in education, research, and technology.
While these opportunities remain as future aspirations for May, Hadley has been by her side every step of the way. Recognizing her passion and shared mission to help the low vision community, Hadley recently honored May by selecting her as recipient of this year's prestigious Professional Award.
"The honor was quite unexpected and has motivated me to learn even more," said Khoo, who began learning braille while in college. "Hadley has taught me so much. It's very important that persons with low vision know that help is available through the nonprofit's incredible depth of educational and life learning curriculums. I cannot thank Hadley and my instructors enough for their support throughout.
"I've always been interested in learning different languages and communication systems," May explained. "Although my grandmother is quite active even though she is in her 90's, she struggles with vision loss and that really spurred me to learn more about what she was going through and to seek out assistance from Hadley."
In addition to working for Stanford as a business intelligence educator/analyst, May enjoys designing braille greeting cards in her spare time. Ever since joining Stanford, she has planned to teach classes on blindness education, but the availability of classrooms and timing interfere with her current position at the university.
"May always had something interesting to share even though she was so busy and had her hands full with school, work and her Hadley courses," said Nafisa Rene Keels, one of May's instructors. "She is a world traveler and can share with us the many ways in which she has used information gained from our courses to be of service to the community of the blind and visually impaired."