Today we want to present a few of world’s eminent personalities who suffered from visual-impairment but still never let it become their weakness, rather they transformed it into their strength and flourished in every way possible. We can get such examples of famous visually impaired people since the beginning of time until now; Homer, Galileo Galilei, John Milton, Louis Braille, Claude Monet, Helen Keller, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Stevie Wonder are just to name a few such talented and strong people.
Homer was one of the earliest Greek writers, a distinguished poet and bard, popularly known as the author of the world-famous epics, ‘Iliad’ and ‘Odyssey’. His writings are amongst the most prominent works of ‘Ancient Greek Literature’ and he is still considered and duly appreciated by most of the literature critiques as the best writer of Epic genre of his time. His birth and timeline are still a matter of discussion but as he wrote himself to be a blind poet in ‘Odyssey’, it’s believed that his epics were mainly conveyed as oral traditions, from generation to generation.
Louis Braille was a French educator, popularly known for his invention of a reading and writing system extensively for the visually impaired, called ‘braille’. He used to say,”Access to communication in the widest sense is access to knowledge, and that is vitally important for us if we [the blind] are not to go on being despised or patronized by condescending sighted people. We do not need pity, nor do we need to be reminded we are vulnerable. We must be treated as equals – and communication is the way this can be brought about.” This system became a boon for the blind or visually-impaired masses and it is still used world-wide.
Helen Adams Keller was an American deaf and blind author, lecturer as well as a political activist. She was the first deaf-blind person to achieve a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Her most famous work of literature is her inspirational autobiography, ‘The Story of My Life’. As an activist, she supported the people with disabilities, campaigned for socialism, women’s suffrage, labour rights and many more such social causes.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
FDR was the 32nd president of USA, the only person to be elected four times as the president. He suffered from many physical ailments including polio and visual-impairmentbut he still managed his presidency quite effectively during the Great Depression and World War II.
Stevie Wonder is one of the most ‘wondrous’, American singer, songwriter and musician. He is considered a prodigy in musical industry due to his amazing performance in multiple genres, despite his vision-impairment. He is also an expert multi-instrumentalist with fans all over the world.
We wrote a brief history of these inspirational people as a reminder that everything is achievable with the right amount of dedication and determination. If these people never let their disability come in the way of success, then neither should you.
Team ITVI believes, if life puts hurdles in our path to success we need to jump higher, by putting more efforts. We want you to, “Be strong!”, keep your vigour for life alive and face all the challenges with utmost confidence. We are here to empower and encourage you with all our might.
Saumya Rani ( Team – ITVI )