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Like a gift, Civic Engagement comes in all shapes and sizes weather it be volunteering, donating to charity, or simply voting. Like a gift, when it comes to civic engagement it’s the thought that counts. Civic Engagement has no set definition. It can be interpreted in many ways because it can be done in many ways. Civic Engagement is a form of aiding the community. A great organization that allows people in greater Boston to become civically engaged is Boston Cares. One of the events I participated in with Boston Cares was Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. I didn’t know much about the event but I knew that I liked to read, and reading for others seemed like a fun way to help the community. The center for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic is located right by Porter Square in Cambridge. When I arrived I met with a man who began to educate me on what is done at the center. He told me that Blind people listen to the recordings as they read
along with Braille. He also told me that reading while listening to the recordings allowed Dyslexic people to learn proper pronunciations. Before I began recording, the instructor gave me detailed directions on how to record and what to do if I messed up. The process looked complicated but once I got into the booth, I got the hang of it. Although I had to read footnotes, I tried my hardest to read clear and concisely. I messed up a couple of times but was able to record over it the way the instructor showed me. After I finished my session the instructor complimented me and said I did a great job. I felt really proud of myself because I knew that I had shared the gift of reading with someone else. text · Andrés Acosta
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Magazine project for Emerson College's WR121 Writing for Civic Engagement class, Spring '10.