One morning in October 1931, the twelve-year-old John Wilson’s life was to change forever. In a chemistry lesson at the Scarborough High School for Boys, he and his classmates had to carry out an experiment.
“I was sitting on a high stool, playing the blue flame from the Bunsen burner onto the test-tube when it suddenly exploded,” he said. “The chemicals had been wrongly labelled and it produced an explosive mixture.”
Visual impairment : Born legally blind due to ocular albinism
Caroline Casey a former management consultant was born legally blind.
Nature of visual impairment : Went blind and deaf due to illness eighteen months after birth.
Born : 27 June 1880
Died : 1 June, 1968
The daughter of Captain Arthur Henley Keller and Kate Adams Keller, Helen was born with full sight and hearing in Tuscumbia, Alabama, U.S. on June 27, 1880 in a white, frame cottage called 'Ivy Green.' Her father was the editor of a newspaper, the North Alabamian.
Visual impairment : Macular Degeneration
Born: January 22 1952
Joan Brock is a woman who believes in herself. And the world believes in her too. A belief that has helped her in achieving extraordinary personal goals, overcoming significant hardships in life.
Mahantesh, who had lost his vision due to typhoid at a very early age, has vowed to banish all the adversities the visually impaired students face. With a mission to guide, assist and encourage visually and physically challenged children to pursue higher studies he, along with two other visually impaired friends, started an organisation called Samarthanam Trust For The Disabled. In the local language, the word samarthanam means capable.
Visual impairment: Blinded in early childhood due to glaucoma
In 2005, Dipendra Manocha received national award for his contribution in the area of disability. Being visually impaired himself, since his early childhood, Dipendra overcame all challenges and graduated as a merit student. He also completed his M Phil in Indian Classical music. However, during his Ph. D, Dipendra was frustrated by his dependence on others for reading and writing. It was then that he decided to switch his interest from music and devote his life to finding a solution to this problem.