Famous People Who Are Blind
Blindness, visually impaired or no light perception are different
terms implying the same condition, which is a person's inability
to see. Visually impaired and blindness have different levels
of severity, such as partial blindness or temporary visual impairment.
No light perception is however a term that implies complete blindness.
A person having no light perception cannot even perceive light
and thus cannot see anything, any object or person.
The Braille Out
While there are more renowned and famous personalities who were
blind, it is perhaps most fitting to talk about Louis Braille
before others. You may or may not be aware of Louis Braille but
you have certainly heard of the Braille system. Louis was not
blind by birth. He got injured by himself with his father's awl
and then on he had been blind throughout his life. He developed
the Braille system so blind people like him could read and understand
what is written. Even today, Braille system is used to publish
books, papers and all kinds of documents for blind people to read.
Had Louis Braille not turned blind, then the world would have
been setback in regard to visually impaired reading.
List of Famous People Who Are / Were Blind
or Visually Impaired
||Johann Sebastian Bach
Jorge Luis Borges
Blind Lemon Jefferson
Blind Willie Johnson
|Wilma Pearl Mankiller
David Alexander Paterson
Bob C. Riley
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Makes You Wonder
Stevie Wonder, one of the finest songwriter, singer and musician
of all times, was born blind. Doctors said that excessive flow
of oxygen to his eyes during the incubation period while in his
mother's womb had damaged his retina and he had never seen the
light of the world. Yet, he has been instrumental in not only
showing the path to the world of music but to the world at large.
Blindness is a physiological problem but is not always caused
by physical factors or injuries. Neurological problems, genetic
factors or conditions during birth or before birth can also cause
blindness. Many people are born blind while others may become
blind at a certain age.
Age Old Matter
Blindness associated with old age was extremely common earlier
in time but today it is not as extensive a problem. Many conditions
that emulate blindness may be temporary problems of the eyes,
the retina or some other parts within which may or may not be
Pictured From Left to Right: Helen Keller, Ella
Fitzgerald, Harriet Tubman
In history, many people who were successful and globally known
had become blind or visually impaired and many blind people who
were either born that way or developed visual impairment have
gone onto become famous people.
There are dozens of fascinating accomplishments by people like
Helen Keller who was not only blind but also deaf but that did
not stop her from graduating or from becoming a world famous author,
speaker and activist. She was also the first deaf and blind person
in the world to graduate from college.