Q and A with Alan Lachman

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With Alan Lachman, Insight Education Centre for the Blind and Vision Impaired managing director and founder

What is something people don’t know about you? I have a passion for sports which bring joy, but are also physically challenging, like caving, deep sea scuba diving, extreme horse-riding and running marathons.

What was your most memorable moment? When I first sought funds to establish Insight, nine years ago, I shared my dream in front of organisations and was thrilled to receive favourable responses from people willing to fund a school for the blind.

What’s the best thing about working with children with a disability? Receiving sincere thanks from blind children and their families because of the growth they experience through the broad scope of education and life skills our school offers. It’s so rewarding to know we can make a difference.

What is your favourite movie? Any movie with Orson Welles or Marlon Brando.

If you were PM for a day, what would you do? Commit the country to the cleanest and most efficient renewable energy/power source – nuclear power.

At school I…… I gave my first public speaking presentation, aged nine, and have loved public speaking ever since.

Where is your favourite holiday destination? Any scuba or horse riding destination.

Which six guests dead or alive, would you invite to dinner? Leonard Cohen, Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Leonardo da Vinci, Madame Curie and Professor Sheena Iyengar, PhD, the blind professor of Business at Columbia University (New York).

What’s your favourite book? The Odyssey by Homer.

Best concert you have been to? Handel’s Messiah by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra on New Years Eve. The concert was three hours long and featured a 120 voice choir and full orchestra.

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