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Title: 10 Famous Blind People Who Changed the World

10 Famous Blind People Who Changed the World
Blindness is the complete lack of form and light
perception. Most people believe that we see with
our eyes. The fact is, however, that it is our
brain that perceives what we think we see.
These famous blind people have changed and shaped
the world in many areas such as music, politics,
science, art and sport because they refused to
allow their lack of external light perception to
quench or stifle their inner light. The world has
been illuminated by their courage and talent.
Louis Braille
  • Louis Braille - (January 4, 1809-January 6, 1852)
    Louis Braille accidentally stabbed himself in the
    eye, becoming blind from this injury. He was the
    inventor and designer of Braille writing which
    enables blind people to read from a series of
    organized bumps.
  • Six dots. Six bumps. Six bumps in different
    patterns, like constellations, spreading out over
    the page. What are they? Numbers, letters, words.
    Who made this code? None other than Louis
    Braille, a French 12-year-old, who was also
    blind. And his work changed the world of reading
    and writing, forever.

Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman - (1820/21-March 1913) Harriet
Tubman was a slave throughout her youth who
escaped to Canada but returned to the U.S. where
she helped bring hundreds of black slaves to
safety in what was called the Underground
Railroad. She received a cruel head wound which
led to severe vision impairment and seizures.
This did not stop her from fighting for the
freedom of her people.
Thomas Gore
  • Thomas Gore - (December 10, 1870-March 16, 1949)
    Thomas Gore was a Democratic politician. He
    became blind as a child, but never gave up his
    dream of becoming a senator. In 1907, he was one
    of the first two senators from the new state of
    Oklahoma. He was re-elected twice more. He was
    famous as a member of the progressive wing of the
    Democratic Party.
  • Thomas P. Gore's most important contributions
    were his staunch support of the oil industry,
    soil conservation, and American Indian tribal
    issues. But he may be best remembered for his
    glowing tribute of his adopted state. He said, "I
    love Oklahoma. I love every blade of her grass. I
    love every grain of her sands. I am proud of her
    past and I am confident of her future. The
    virtues that made us great in the past can keep
    us great in the future. We must march, and not
    merely mark time.

Claude Monet
Claude Monet - (November 14, 1840-December 5,
1926) Claude Monet was a founder of French
impressionist painting. By 1907, he had become
quite famous, but began having serious problems
with his eyesight and started to go blind. Even
though his eyes continued to get worse, he never
stopped painting. At the end of his life, when
he was almost completely blind, he painted one of
his most famous murals of water lilies.
Helen Keller
Helen Keller - (June 27, 1880-June 1, 1968) Helen
Keller was an American author, activist and
lecturer who was the first deaf/blind person to
graduate from college. She was a tireless
advocate for people with disabilities and
numerous other causes.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt - (January 30, 1882
-April 12, 1945) Franklin Delano Roosevelt was
the 32nd President of the United States of
America. Roosevelt had several disabilities
including vision impairment. He was one of the
most popular presidents in history.
Marla Runyan
Marla Runyan - (Born January 4, 1969) Marla
Runyan is a marathon runner who is legally blind.
She is the three-time national champion in the
women's 5.000 meter run. Runyan was the first
legally blind athlete to compete in the Olympics
Games. She placed eighth in the 1,500-meter in
the 2000 Sydney Olympics making it the highest
finish by an American woman in that event. In
2002 she finished as the top American at the 2002
New York City Marathon to post the second-fastest
debut time ever by an American woman.
Andrea Bocelli
Andrea Bocelli - (Born 22 September 1958) Andrea
Bocelli became blind at the age of 12 years old
following a football accident. He was a
multi-instrumentalist and has sung with other
great operatic singers such as Pavarotti.
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder (Born May 13, 1950) Stevie
Wonder is an American singer-songwriter-record
producer and multi-instrumentalist. A list of
famous blind people wouldn't be complete without
this composer's name. Wonder penned such hits as
"Ebony and Ivory" that aided the civil rights
cause in a non-violent way.
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Ray Charles
Ray Charles - (September 23, 1930-June 10, 2004)
Ray Charles was an American pianist and musician
whose gritty and soulful voice shaped the sound
of rhythm and blues.
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