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Special Report: Seeing isn't Believing

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:23 PM EDT

It's often times hard to imagine things we can't see, but one Asheville woman teaches us to have faith.

"There are certain things that i miss out on," says Imke Durre. "Things like non-verbal communication, pretty mountain views."

But, Durre has found a way to shine a bright light on a seemingly dark world. She is a local scientist who has spent her entire career gathering weather data, all while never seeing the sun. Imke Durre works at the National Climatic Data center in downtown Asheville. She's had an accomplished career, and doing it all without sight. She uses voice recognition software and braille to do her job. It's a disability that doesn't hinder Imke.

"It's normal for me," says Durre. "It's like, do you ever get frustrated being a woman? For me that's just part of me. Or frustrated by being 5'7'', it's just me."

Durre attributes her success, in part, to her parents. Her father, a German computer scientist, created a computer aided system for the blind. This allowed Imke to leave a school for the blind, and learn in a school with sighted children.

"I'm glad my parents made it possible for me to be successful academically," says Durre. " Obviously they had the right idea, because it worked."

Durre's mother lives in Asheville. Her father passed away a few years back. Durre is working to establish a memorial fund in his memory.


By Ingrid Allstaedt


Follow Ingrid on Twitter @IngridNews13

Special Report: Seeing isn't Believing


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