A Middle Island student recently had an original story he wrote in Braille performed on an award-winning podcast.
Joseph Buccilli III, a fifth grader at Longwood Middle School, wrote a short story using a Braille device that was selected for performance last month by the Story Pirates Podcast, which turns kids’ stories into comedy and songs each week. Joseph’s story, “Fainting,” was about a boy who checks into a hotel and begins to faint when the objects in the room start talking to him.
Joseph, who was a “micro preemie” when he was born at 1 pound, 12 ounces, and 24 weeks’ gestation, spent 122 days in the neonatal intensive care unit. During that time, he experienced many complications — including stage 5 retinopathy of prematurity — and is now blind.
Joseph’s family uses Amazon Alexa, where he was able to find various apps and podcasts, including Story Pirates. He has since become a “huge fan” of the podcast, according to his family.
“I was excited they were adding voices and sounds to my story, and I was so happy to finally hear ‘Fainting’ on Story Pirates,” Joseph said.
Said his mother, Denise Serina, “We told him he could send his story in if he Brailles it, and he was motivated by that.”
Joseph, 10, is also involved in Rolling Thunder, a nonprofit running program for special-needs individuals, and recently completed his first 5k.