Hoby Wedler with Learning Ally President & CEO Andrew Friedman, and volunteers Peg Hastings and Dr. James Hastings. Henry “Hoby” Wedler , a graduate student at the University of California, White House Champion of Change , and lifelong Learning Ally member, traveled by himself across the country to host a unique sensory experience for volunteers, supporters and staff at the organization’s headquarters. Blind since birth, Hoby is currently working towards a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at UC Davis and enjoys tutoring younger students in the sciences, history, and mathematics. When he's not in the classroom, his penchant for teaching extends beyond academics into another acute area of interest: wine tasting. A short distance from the university he attends, Hoby hosts monthly blind wine tastings at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Napa Valley-- a one-of-a-kind experience he was delighted to share with the Learning Ally community. Before the main event at Learning Ally's Princeton studio, there was a volunteer appreciation breakfast during which Hoby shared stories about his early experiences with Learning Ally—his use of audiobooks throughout middle school, high school, and college—and how he became passionate about chemistry. Expressing sincere gratitude to the volunteers, he said, “It is really a treat to listen to your voices describe things with such eloquence and ease. It makes my education, as a totally blind student, obtainable. Without Learning Ally I wouldn’t have been able to excel in honors courses and achieve a GPA that allowed me to get accepted at a top university.