Danny Wayne Beemer A Local Leader On and Off the Air

first_img“Assistive technology ismy third leg,” Beemer said. “Easterseals is like the foot of that third leg,stepping out and helping folks like myself every day.” Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU200 – Wade Wingler is interviewed by Danny Wayne in This Special Celebration of 200 Episodes of Assistive Technology UpdateMarch 27, 2015In “Assistive Technology Update”A Healing Hand in Accessible HealthcareJanuary 27, 2016In “Communication”Aging in Place with Assistive TechnologyFebruary 28, 2018In “Aging in Place” “It’s hard to think aboutassistive technology in the state of Indiana and not feel the impactof Danny’s work,” said Easterseals Crossroads Director of AssistiveTechnology Brian Norton. “Danny has been a friend, advisor and tirelessadvocate for assistive technology as long as I can remember. He is constantlythinking about the people he serves and how technology can improve independencein small ways and large. I know he has made an impact on the lives of countlessindividuals throughout his many years of service. He truly is an AT champion.” Courtesy of Tribune-Star Last month, the INDATAProject at Easterseals Crossroads presented Beemer with the IndianaAssistive Technology Champion award. With the assistance ofsighted staff members, Beemer visits residents in several counties across WestCentral Indiana to assess their living situations and determine the servicesthat will best fit their needs. Beemer first made his wayto the airwaves in college, playing classic rock bands like Pink Floyd for theschool station. He used magnification devices and large print resources to helphim navigate through each broadcast. Beemer rose through the ranks of the radio community, eventually becoming a fixture for Midwest Communications and Terre Haute listeners. He currently hosts the public affairs show “Focus on the Valley,” in which he interviews local organizations about various programs for Wabash Valley residents. He also hosts a podcast called “Home Brewed Music,” which gives local artists a platform for sharing their original music, as well as weekend music shows on 102.7 WBOW and 98.5 The River. Many residents recognizeBeemer’s voice from the radio, which puts them at ease during theirintroduction and transition to a more independent lifestyle. He feels a senseof familiarity with them as well, as he faces the same challenges day in andday out. Beemer has been with theorganization from the beginning, initially jumping onboard to help withmarketing. In 2002, he began to promote the Older Blind and Visually ImpairedProgram, which provides low-vision support groups, orientation and mobilitytraining, assistive products and resource referral at no cost to people withvisual impairments who are at least 55 years of age. His relationship withEasterseals Crossroads reaches back to 1992 when he met Vice President WadeWingler. The organization’s level of dedication became most apparent to Beemeron a stormy night in Terre Haute when Wingler drove down at midnight to helphim switch the radio station’s computers from touchscreen to magnificationscreens. A Longtime Listener Beemer connects withpeople outside of the radio booth as well. Not only does he serve as a DJ forevents and parties in and around Terre Haute, but he also makes a positiveimpact on the community through his work with The WILL Center. “I used to stay up lateand fall asleep listening to DJs when I was a kid,” he said. “I just loved whatthey were doing, and I wanted to be part of it.” “I believe in homegrown,grassroots morning radio shows,” he said. “All my life, I’ve had a passion forconnecting with people on an intimate, local level.” Paving the Way withEasterseals Crossroads While Beemer acknowledgesthe appeal of big-time broadcast personalities like Rick Dees and RyanSeacrest, he prefers working with less “polish.” Courtesy of Tribune-Star Courtesy of Tribune-Star Beemer not only stands asa role model with his impressive radio career, but he also helps and inspirespeople with disabilities as the assistant executive director and low-visionprogram manager at The WabashIndependent Living and Learning (WILL) Center. Where There’s a WILL,There’s a Way Since he was born, Beemerhas had little more than light perception. From an early age, he tuned into theradio to connect with the world.  Despite his long andillustrious career within the disabled community and the world of assistivetechnology, Beemer was surprised to receive the AT Champion award. Danny Wayne Beemer and INDATA Project Director Brian Norton Established in 2000, TheWILL Center is a nonprofit, community-based, nonresidential organization run byand for people with disabilities. The Center’s mission is to empower peoplewith disabilities to ensure they have full and complete access to communityresources to promote their independence. “Working with The WILLCenter has really given me a platform to help others, and that means so much tome to be able to do that,” Beemer said. “Through this program, we assesswhat a person’s challenges are and develop a plan for him or her to stayindependent as long as possible.” Beemer is proud to berecognized by an organization that shares his commitment to assisting peoplewith disabilities. Many Hoosiers know DannyWayne Beemer as the velvety voice behind many Terre Haute-based radio programssince the 1990s. What they may not know is the fact that he has been hostingthese shows for more than 25 years while having significant vision loss. last_img read more