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John Metcalf

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 13:22 -- admin

Road Builder

 

John Metcalf, or Blind Jack of Knaresborough, as he was commonly known as, was one of the first of his kind of professional road builders to emerge during the Industrial Revolution. Despite being blind, he became famous as the builder of roads and bridges using techniques that in the 18th century were revolutionary.

John was born in a poor family on August 15, 1717, in Knaresborough, Yorkshire. An infection of smallpox at the age of six, took away his eyesight and John became blind.

Elizabeth Jackson

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 13:16 -- admin

Elizabeth Jackson

A Business Woman

Visual impairment : Retinitis Pigmentosa since childhood

Born: May 11 1973

Elizabeth Jackson was born on the Isle of Sheppey, in Southern England. As a child, she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a severe eye disorder. Doctors told her family that she would be blind by the age of five.

Peter White

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 13:13 -- admin

Peter White

Radio broadcaster and journalist

Visual impairment : Born blind

Born: 1947

Peter White is an exceptional person. Blind since birth, he is a successful journalist with B.B.C. and a radio presenter with BBC Radio Solent. His determination earned him his job with BBC radio when the station was launched in 1971. He was then just 24 and had no prior experience.

Tim Cordes

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 13:11 -- admin

Tim Cordes
Medical Doctor

Visual impairment: Blind

"Things are only impossible until they are done." Tim Cordes is a living proof to this statement.

Tim Cordes is blind. However, this did not stop him from mastering Jujitsu (a genre of Martial Art) and water skiing. Besides composing wonderful music, Tim shows a keen interest in the subject of Bio Chemistry as well. Any one of these accomplishments would be impressive, but together they are dazzling.

Stevie Wonder

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 13:09 -- admin

American Pop Singer

Visual impairment : Blind since birth

Born Steveland Hardaway Judkins, Wonder now prefers to be known as Steveland Morris after his mother's married name. Placed in an incubator immediately after his birth, baby Steveland was given too much oxygen, causing him to suffer permanent blindness. Despite this handicap, Wonder began to learn the piano at the age of seven, and had also mastered drums and harmonica by the age of nine.

Ronnie Lee Milsap

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 13:07 -- admin

Country music artist

Visual impairment : Blind since birth

Ronnie was born with a congenital defect that left him blind. Born into dire poverty in the Appalachian town of Robbinsville, North Carolina, Milsap's mother viewed her newborn's blindness as punishment from God. Shortly after his first birthday, he was cast off and given to his grandmother to raise. At age six, he was put into the Morehead State School for the Blind in Raleigh, and the young boy faced barbaric disciplinary treatment all through his grade school and high school years.

Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 13:01 -- admin

Jazz saxophonist

     Roland Kirk was born on August 7, 1935 (the frequently seen 1936 birth date is incorrect) and got blinded soon after his birth. "When I was one or two a nurse came into work drunk or high or mad at somebody and she slipped and put too much medicine in my eyes."

Ray Charles

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 13:00 -- admin

Blues singer

Place of Birth : Albany , Georgia

Ray Charles was a pioneering soul singer who helped shape the sound of rhythm and blues and brought a soulful sound to everything from country music to pop standards to 'God Bless America'. His birth name was Ray Charles Robinson but he shortened it when he entered show business because of the fame of Sugar Ray Robinson.

Joaquin Rodrigo

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 12:55 -- admin

Composer

Visual impairment : Lost sight at the age of three due to diphtheria

Joaquin (pronounced "hwakeen") Rodrigo was born in Saguntum (now Sagunt), an ancient city in Valencia, in eastern Spain. When he was just three years old, an epidemic of diphtheria made him almost blind. Medical treatment was in vain and then he went completely blind due to glaucoma. He once said it was his blindness that led him to the field of music.

George Shearing

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 12:54 -- admin

Jazz Pianist

Visual impairment : Blind since birth

Blind from birth, Shearing was born in London on August 13, 1919 , the youngest of nine children. He received classical musical training at Linden Lodge, a school for the blind, where he also displayed his double threat abilities. Not only could he quickly memorize scores, he could effortlessly play by ear any tune he heard. A teacher at Linden introduced him to jazz.

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