Writing and documentary filmmaking has always been a passion for Ardmore’s David Block and he has never let his blindness keep him from doing what he loves, writes J.F. Pirro for Main Line Today.
He has faced many challenges in his life. Besides being legally blind, he is also on the autism spectrum. Growing up, his relationship with his father was strained because he didn’t know how to help his son.
Block, 59, though has never let any of these challenges keep him from becoming an author, journalist, and a documentary filmmaker.
“I don’t like to be lumped in with those more seriously challenged, so I have to prove myself,” he said.
“Others say, ‘You wrote that book?’ Yes, I did. ‘You interviewed Kobe Bryant?’ Yes — four times. Taped interviews don’t lie. ‘You’ve been a sports reporter?’ Yes, I’ve been telling you that. It’s never seemed that I’m intelligent or capable enough.”
Block has a long list of accomplishments to his name. As a freelance journalist he has had 1,500 bylines including with The New York Times. He has written a book on his Jewish faith, and has also been an award-winning documentary producer and director for over 30 years.
One of his documentaries was on a blind street singer who busked at Philadelphia’s Suburban Station. His next book, a collection of short stories, will be on blind athletes and other people with impaired sight.
Read more about David Block in Main Line Today.
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