This is not just a story of some famous personalities, not some famous person’s story which is known to almost everyone. Here is the story of few people who suffered from blindness and yet managed to achieve their wishes. They managed to achieve not-so-ordinary tasks inspite of their lack of sight.
Daniel Kish was born with aggressive cancer, Retinoblastoma. Due to the condition, he had to remove both his eyes when he was just 13 months old.
He lived his life with the technique called echolocation. This technique involves generating a sound- typically a click of the tongue then listening to the echoes of sound that bounce off the surrounding objects, allowing him to see the world around him. Eventually, he managed to become an expert and started training and teaching other blind people through non -profit charity, World Access for Blind.
He believed in doing everything independently and solely relied on echolocation technique. His hopes for the future lie in a handheld sonic device that can enable every blind person to use echolocation and lead a fuller life. He has become a prominent figure in the community of blind people.
Erik Weihenmaye was born with Retinoschisis, a condition in which the retina separates into two layers, resulting in suboptimal vision. He had his eyesight for thirteen years, which gave him the general idea of how life works.
Losing his sight did not affect his wishes, the wish to become one of the most accomplished adventurers in the world.An adventurer without sight is a tough condition yet he managed to reach the summit in the year 2001. He even managed to climb the Seven Summits which involved climbing the highest mountain on each of the seven continents in 2008.
He was also dedicated to various charities for visually impaired and wrote two books. His unique life story was made into an award-winning feature film called Farther than the Eye Can See. He is also constantly perching about the abilities of blind people.
Marla Runyan developed Stargardt, a disease that left her legally blind but still with her peripheral vision at the age of nine. Whilst studying at San Diego State University she began competing in several athletic disciplines; the heptathlon, high jump and shot put, to name but a few.
She became an exceptional Olympian with the growing years. She competed and became a world-class runner by winning the 1500 meter race. Just a year later, she became the first legally blind athlete to compete in the Olympics. She is a versatile athlete and even holds records in the 20km, 500m, Female Marathon, and Heptathlon.
Marla is also dedicated to supporting other blind people and has been an ambassador for the Perkins School for the Blind since 2001.
These people even with their blindness managed to achieve a lot more than any other person could do. If that is not inspiring, then there is probably nothing that could inspire you. They are people who are blind with a vision, visions they managed to achieve during their course of life.