No matter what we enjoy doing in life, we will always have to overcome something. Whether it be distractions, disabilities, injuries, or disappointments, an essential part of succeeding at life is learning to overcome obstacles. That’s why somebody like Nathan Ostergaard is such an incredible example. Nathan – now 43 – has had vision issues due to a hereditary condition since he was 25. Nathan is a Navy veteran having served with the Navy construction battalion until 2004 and has 5 children. He also runs a non-profit organization for vision-impaired veterans in Utah – The Blinded Veterans Association of Utah where he helps blinded vets with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs services, benefits, and community involvement. Nathan currently works for CaptionCall as a Human Resources specialist, but that’s not all. This last weekend he went to Lima, Peru to compete in the Parapan American Games as the American representative for his weight class in Judo.
Nathan discovered Judo only six years ago after seeing a demo at a veteran’s recreation fair and in his first years of participating received funding from the Olympic committee and the VA. He then went on to win bronze in his first national competition and has been invited to participate nationally 5 times. He received the gold medal in 2017.
What Nathan has achieved and the work he does is an inspiration for anyone as they overcome what is necessary to work towards their goals. We are proud of Nathan for working so hard to pursue his dreams and to help others on their paths with vision loss.
No matter what road blocks or disabilities we face, whether it be vision loss, hearing loss, or anything else,we cannot let it keep us from doing what makes us happy. For many of us, a disability may make it more difficult to do something as simple as wanting to spend time with friends and family. Don’t let your fears slow you down. Seek help from organizations, support groups, loved ones, and other resources. You can overcome whatever is in your way to live life to its fullest.
Thursday morning, CaptionCall was excited to celebrate Nathan and his achievements with a breakfast party. Nathan we are so proud of you and the work you do. Keep it up!
CaptionCall is an ambassador for hearing health and an advocate for people with hearing loss. We encourage everyone to actively manage their hearing health through regular hearing evaluations and to seek early treatment when hearing loss is identified. We are obsessed with helping those with hearing loss stay socially engaged for a longer, happier, healthier life. To learn more about CaptionCall and how you can qualify for a no-cost CaptionCall phone, visit www.captioncall.com