Vello Vart

Letter and music, especially Braille and wind music, have played a very important role in Vello's life. For decades, he has been a successful clarinetist - playing in wind orchestra and soloist - and the best Braille expert, working as a teacher, editor and repairer of Braille machines. The blind need the help and support of seers. Vello believes that the blind can do great things and be successful in certain areas. This can only happen if they have good mentors, helpers and supporters among the seers. Vello has had them.

Vello believes that a person's life is significantly affected by childhood. However, Vello's childhood was already completely dark. He suffered from meningitis in 1941, when he was only a year and eight months old. The disease led to vision. Vello was born and raised in Tallinn, but spent his childhood summers in the country with his grandparents. If in the city the blind child was mainly a room, then in the countryside he could also run outside. In the first years after the war, the blind did not have the opportunity to study. That's due to the activities of the Tartu School for the Blind had been interrupted because of war. The school was reopened in 1947. Vello did go to school - to the same school for the blind in Tartu - in 1949, when he was already 9 years old. He studied at the school until 1957. Since there were no secondary schools for the blind at that time, he went to work in the Tartu study and production plant for the blind. When the secondary school for the blind was opened in Tartu in 1958. So the opportunity to study further opened up. Vello graduated from high school in 1962. This was the first flight of high school: seven students graduated, only one of whom had vision. During high school, Vello went to study music at the Tartu Music School. After graduating from high school, he returned to his hometown Tallinn and continued his music studies at the Tallinn Music School, which he graduated from in 1964.

Music has been important in Vello's life since childhood. Vello remembers that he was 8-9 years old when his grandfather's cow was sold and an accordion was bought. It was a big and heavy musical instrument, obviously overwhelming for the child. Vello had a more serious interest in music in primary school, but at that time the conditions for individual activities at school were very limited. It was only at the music school that he became fully committed to music. In addition to the clarinet, Vello plays saxophone, accordion and harmonica. Vello has played in the Tartu Blind Orchestra and the Tallinn Blind Orchestra and in various ensembles. He currently plays the clarinet in the wind orchestra of the North-Estonian Association of the Blind and also performs a lot as a soloist. Samples are once a week and concerts on average once a month. The orchestra also travels abroad: in 2017 there was a concert in St. Petersburg and this year, in 2018, it is planned to travel to Stockholm.

Alongside music, writing, more precisely Braille, has an important place in Vello's life. Vello remembers that as a child he was very disturbed by the fact that others read, but he can't. Later, while he was studying Braille at school, he too began to read. Vello's career began as a manufacturer of brushes. Later he made hangers for plastic presses, jars, slide frames and more. In the early 1980s, he got a job as a typewriter at Punane Täht printing house. Ia addition he worked as a junior editor at Valgus publishing house. In the 1990s, he worked in a printing group for the blind in the house on Tondi Street and taught Braille at the Visual Rehabilitation Center. Then he has taught braille and edited braille texts and improved braille machines in a number of other projects. Vello and his co-authors have written the handbook of Estonian Braille and a number of articles in the NEBA newsletter named "Kuukiir".

Vello Vart has been associated with the house of the North Estonian Blind Association at Tondi Street since 1963. At that time he returned to Tallinn after graduating from high school. At that time, this house was a place for the blind to spend both work and leisure. According to Vello, this house is very important for visually impaired people. Although today there is no longer any production and hobbies are more modest. The location of the house is very favorable for the blind, it is good and easy to get there. "This house has given the blind the opportunity to realize themselves" - says Vello.

The story was written in January 2018