Adoptive Father Featured in “The Blind Side” to Share His Story

August 03, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Sean Tuohy, whose family takes in a homeless but talented teenager in the movie “The Blind Side,” will share his story during the 2010 West Virginia Statewide Technology conference. The annual event is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 at the Charleston Civic Center. Tuohy is scheduled to deliver opening remarks on Aug. 3 at 1 p.m.

Tuohy, the adoptive father of NFL star Michael Oher, together with his wife Leigh Ann Tuohy, are the authors of the recently released book, “Solving the Failure Epidemic: How Often Do We Let Unrealized Potential Slip Through the Cracks?” In it, he asks readers to consider how many other kids like Oher are falling through the cracks every day. Oher spent most of his childhood in various foster homes, and his early life was filled with danger and upheaval until the Tuohys took him off the streets at age 16. The family nurtured his gentle and troubled soul, and hired tutors to get him to grade level academically. Tuohy says Oher’s story is one of hope and how one person can make a difference in a child’s life.  

The annual state technology conference attracts hundreds of K-12 educators, higher education representatives and state agency employees from across West Virginia. They will participate in more than 130 different educational sessions on Global21 learning, instructional technology, statewide technology partnerships and resources, security and network management, telecommunications technologies, web development, virtual learning, cloud computing and other areas. In addition, about 50 vendor exhibits will be on display.

Dennis Taylor, owner and manager of DCT Advisors and a former vice chancellor with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the Community and Technical College System, is set to give the conference closing address on a decade of technology lessons on Aug. 5 at 11:30 a.m. Taylor’s experience includes administrative services; finance and facilities; financial aid; student services; legal services; human resources; WVNET; and academic affairs. In addition, he also has served as public higher education’s primary contact with the West Virginia Legislature.

The awarding of federal educational technology grants will follow Taylor’s remarks. For additional information, please visit the conference website at, or contact the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.


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