Technology helps a blind teen write a joke book

Jan 13, 2023, 6:36 PM | Updated: Jan 16, 2023, 9:29 am

MURRAY, Utah — A Murray teen who is blind is writing a book. It’s a short collection of jokes and it’s made possible with the help of technology and teachers with special training.

When what’s placed right in front of you isn’t quite so clear, you sometimes take a different approach.

Maddox Hagemann is learning that through his desire to share humor, something that he’s a big fan of himself. He’s compiling some of his favorite jokes from the internet.

“Ha, yes I am actually,” Hagemann said. “Some of them are funny. Some of them are a little bit cheesy.”

He’s doing it with the help of his teacher Jenny Hooper.

Hooper finds a joke, “What does a storm cloud wear under his raincoat? Thunderwear,” she laughed.

She is helping Hagemann do some things many of us may take for granted all thanks to a BrailleNote tablet.

Hagemann is using BrailleNote to help him write the book. (KSL TV) Maddox Hagemann is blind but still writing a joke book with the help of his teacher Jenny Hooper. (KSL TV)

“You can email. You can do Google Docs. You can do Word documents,” Hooper explained.

Most of us learn how to type. There is a learning curve there, but even more so with the BrailleNote. Hagemann started learning braille when he was 10 years old. There’s a lot to overcome there.

But he is getting there. Hagemann is legally blind now and his rare condition means his vision will only get worse.

“And Maddox’s confidence, his ability to interact with people, and even learning humor and being to able to develop relationships,” Hooper said.

It’s allowing him to be a part of his regular classes as a sophomore at Murray High School. A place, where written words are everywhere.

He’ll share the book of jokes with some of his friends who are also learning braille. It’s challenging but a little humor can go a long way.

“What did the ocean say to the shore,” Hagemann asked. “Nothing. It just waved.”

The Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind has 35 BrailleNotes to help kids much like Hagemann. They are paid for with grants and donations.

Hagemann said, “It makes it a lot easier for me.”

Donations to supply braille notes to more students can be made to the USDB Education Foundation nonprofit here.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

(KSL TV)...
Michael Houck

Police: Man threatening neighbors with knife, leads officers in multi-agency chase

A man is in police custody after "waving" a knife around bystanders and fleeing from police Friday evening.
19 hours ago
Presenters at the Health Relationship Youth Summit asking for final questions. (KSL-TV's Mark Less)...
Alex Cabrero

Utah teens learn more about healthy relationships at youth summit

Teenagers gathered at a Healthy Relationship Youth Summit to learn more about the signs of unhealthy relationships and be able to identify them.
19 hours ago
snow covered bowl in Utah mountains...
Michael Houck

Woman hit by snowmobile while tubing near Peter Sinks

First responders treated a woman hit by a snowmobile while tubing near the Peter Sinks area Saturday afternoon.
19 hours ago
For 29 years, Mike Skogerboe has been to nearly every girls and boys basketball game, and nearly ev...
Mike Anderson

Fremont High School helps support their superfan

Students and teachers at Fremont High School teamed up to help out their superfan who rarely misses a game.
19 hours ago
Charles Alires, 34, was stabbed to death Thursday afternoon on Main Street in Salt Lake City. (KSL...
Brooke Williams

One SLC stabbing suspect in custody, police searching for another

Police are asking the public for help in the search for a second suspect in a fatal stabbing.
19 hours ago
Man accused of exposing himself at Utah store...
Shara Park

Man accused of exposing himself to underage girls at Utah store

The owner of Rad Swim in Highland is warning Utah families after she says a man exposed himself to her associate and several young girls in her store Monday evening.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Technology helps a blind teen write a joke book