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Huntington man consulted actor for blind TV role

Photo submitted to The Herald-Dispatch Joe Strechay, who works as CareerConnect program manager for the American Foundation for the Blind based in Huntington, served as a "blindness tech" for the Netflix series "Daredevil," helping its lead actor, Charlie Cox, learn to be blind, use a white cane and travel in the environment efficiently and safely.
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Joe Strechay, who works as CareerConnect program manager for the American Foundation for the Blind based in Huntington, served as a “blindness tech” for the Netflix series “Daredevil,” helping its lead actor, Charlie Cox, learn to be blind, use a white cane and travel in the environment efficiently and safely.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — When Joe Strechay was on the set for the new Netflix series “Daredevil,” he was well taken care of.

That’s because lead actor Charlie Cox made sure of it.

“The lead actor sets the tone, and Charlie Cox is an amazing individual,” the Huntington resident said. “He would go out of his way to check on me and make sure everything was cool with me when I was on set. It’s not often that the lead actor offers to get you a cup of coffee or tea.”

Strechay is blind and works as CareerConnect program manager for the American Foundation for the Blind. Though based in Huntington, he spends much of his time traveling the country and educating the blind on career exploration, job-seeking skills and navigating the employment process, and training professionals on the best ways to work with the blind.

However, last summer, he spent a couple months in New York serving as a “blindness tech” for “Daredevil,” based on the Marvel comic about blind attorney Matt Murdock who moonlights as a masked superhero, using his other, ultra-enhanced senses to battle crime. As of this month, the show’s entire first season is available to watch on Netflix.

Strechay consulted Cox and the writers to make sure that character Matt Murdock was believable as a blind man in the city…

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