No man is born perfect. Some are born with physical disabilities, while a few of them are born with mental problems and there are few of them who are visually impaired. No matter what the problem is, these are the people who set an example for people who are born with everything proper that life never stops. People who are visually impaired may not be able to see things with their eyes however they can still lead a life that a normal person does and can do it with pride and honor.
The meaning of the word blind in the Oxford dictionary or even in human terms means unable to see things or sightless. The misconception that people have is that a person needs to have all body parts functional in order to achieve things in their life however this has been proven wrong over and over again. They have proven to us that just because they were not able to see things the way a normal person does it does not mean that they cannot be successful.
This article is dedicated to 10 such famous people who made a mark in history even though they were visually impaired in different fields like politics, art, music, sport and even science. These people did not step back in life just because they lacked the ability to see however met life head on and proved to the world that a person needs to have the willpower and confidence in themselves to achieve and fulfill their dreams.
So let us get to know these 10 famous visually challenged people and their achievements.
Helen Keller - (June 27, 1880-June 1, 1968)
Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama; USA was not born visually challenged. When she was 19 months old, she was diagnosed with an acute congestion of the brain and stomach. Though she recovered from the illness, she was left blind and deaf. She was the 1st blind and deaf person who earned a degree in Bachelor of Arts. She was also an American author along with being a lecturer and an activist.
Stevie Wonder – (Born May 13, 1950)
Stevie Wonder was born in Saginaw, Michigan; USA was the third child out of his six siblings was a premature baby due to which he was put into an incubator. Due to excess oxygen he became blind within hours after his birth. He made a mark as a singer, songwriter, record producer as well as a multi-instrumentalist. Over the years he has given the music industry many hits which marked his success.
Ray Charles - (September 23, 1930-June 10, 2004)
Ray Charles lost his sight at the age of five. He had a magical and soulful voice and was a great musician and pianist. He contributed to genres like rhythm and blues, rock and roll, jazz, country pop and gospel.
Claude Monet - (November 14, 1840-December 5, 1926)
Claude Monet was born in the 9th arrondissement of Paris made a mark as a painter. He also was the founder of the French Impressionist painting. He became famous by 1907 however started having visual problems resulting in total blindness. Though he was visually impaired, he never stopped painting. He painted many famous paintings like The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil, 1880, murals of water lilies, The Port Coton Pyramids, 1886, Weeping Willow, 1918–1919 etc.
Andrea Bocelli - (Born 22 September 1958)
Andrea Bocelli had visual problems from birth and turned blind at the age of 12. He lost his sight after an accident in the midst of a football game. He showed great interest in music and won his first competition at the age of 14. He made his mark in genres like adult contemporary, Latin pop, opera etc. He played various instruments like the keyboard, trumpet etc.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt - (January 30, 1882 April 12, 1945)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born in New York and along with being visually impaired had many other medical problems. He made his mark in American Politics and was the 32nd President of the United States of America. He earned a degree from the Harvard College and was a corporate lawyer after earning a degree from the Columbia Law School.
Thomas Gore - (December 10, 1870-March 16, 1949)
Thomas Gore was an American Democratic politician born in Webster County, Mississippi. He always dreamt of being a senator even though he was visually impaired as a child. His dream was fulfilled when he became one of the 1st two senators for the state of Oklahoma. He was also a member of the Democratic Party.
Harriet Tubman - (1820/21-March 1913)
Harriet Tubman an African American Civil Rights activist and was also a slave at the early ages of her life. She lost her eyesight after receiving a severe wound on her head. She never stopped fighting for the freedom and rights of her people. She helped to bring many of African American slaves safely through the Underground Railroad.
Louis Braille - (January 4, 1809-January 6, 1852)
Louis Braille was the designer and inventor of Braille writing that helps people who are visually impaired to read. He lost his eyesight when he in an accident where he accidentally stabbed his eye resulting to the loss of his sight. He was born in a small town named Coupvray, France, Southeast of Paris. He was also an author and published a book about the invention.
Marla Runyan - (Born January 4, 1969)
Marla Runyan was an American field and track athlete along with being a marathon and road runner. She was blind at birth but that never stopped her from living her dream. She was also the 1st legally blind athlete to take part in the Olympics. She won the national championship trice under the women’s 5000 meters. In the 2000 Sydney Olympics she finished 8th in 1500 meter as well as participated in the 2002 New York City Marathon. She now holds various other world records apart from the above mentioned.