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    If you aint blind, dont assume you know what it is like to be blind.

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    If you aint blind, dont assume you know what it is like to be blind, period.

    Secondly, who said blind people can’t live independently with blindness? Do you think we wipe my brother backside and assist him with dressing? No! He does it himself! He listens to books, read book via braille, he cooks for himself, and he plays with his child. Yeah sure, the world didn’t adapt towards him. He adapted to the world. He is pretty successful.

    Their blindness will be tough. But what makes harder for them is people who tell them they CANT achieve anything!

    Famous Blind and Sight Impaired People:

    Helen Keller - (1880 - 1968) - Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 - June 1, 1968) was an American author, activist and lecturer. She was the first deaf/blind person to graduate from college. She was not born blind and deaf; it was not until nineteen months of age that she came down with an illness described by doctors as "an acute congestion of the stomach and the brain", which could have possibly been scarlet fever or meningitis. The illness did not last for a particularly long time, but it left her deaf and blind. Keller went on to become a world-famous speaker and author. She is remembered as an advocate for people with disabilities amid numerous other causes.

    Stevie Wonder - (born Steveland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Steveland Hardaway Morris), is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. Blind from infancy, Wonder signed with Motown Records as a pre-adolescent at age twelve, and continues to perform and record for the label to this day. It is thought that he received excessive oxygen in his incubator which led to retinopathy of prematurity, a destructive ocular disorder affecting the retina, characterized by abnormal growth of blood vessels, scarring, and sometimes retinal detachment.

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt - (January 30, 1882 - April 12, 1945) Franklin was the 32nd President of the United States of America and played a big role during World War II. Roosevelt eventually aided the poor and un-employed of America and restored order at various times during his Presidency. He was also the only President to ever get elected 4 years in a row mostly because of his help for the recovery of the economy. It has been said that Roosevelt had several disabilities including vision impairment.

    Harriet Tubman - (c. 1820 - 10 March 1913) Harriet Tubman was a slave throughout her youth, being treated as an animal until she eventually escaped captivity. When she had reached Canada she did not stay to enjoy her freedom. She returned to the lands and brought hundreds of black slaves back to safety, saving them from slavery by escaping from what they then called The Underground Railroad. After a severe wound to the head, which was inflicted by a slave owner before her escape, she became victim to vision impairment and seizures. Which did not keep her from tossing her fears aside and to keep fighting for the freedom of her people.

    Louis Braille - (January 4, 1809 - January 6, 1852) Louis Braille became blind after he accidentally stabbed himself in the eye with his father's awl. He later became an inventor and designed braille writing, which enables blind people to read through feeling a series of organized bumps representing letters. This concept was beneficial to all blind people from around the world and is commonly used even today. If it were not for Louis Braille's blindness he may not have invented this method of reading and no other blind person could have enjoyed a story or been able to comprehend important paperwork.

    Alec Templeton - (July 4, 1909, March 28, 1963) was a satirist and pianist who had moved from Wales to the United States where he played with several orchestras, eventually making it to his first radio performances on the Rudy Vallee Show, The Chase and Sanbourn Hour,The Magic Key and Kraft Music Hall. The way he would memorize his scripts before the show was by asking someone to read them 20 times in a row while he would listen. He was blind from birth but it did not stop him to doing what he wanted to do in the end.

    Galileo Galilei - (15 February 1564 - 8 January 1642) Galileo Galilei was a Tuscan (Italian) astronomer, mathematician, physicist, and philosopher being greatly responsible for the scientific revolution. Some of his accomplishments include improvements to the telescope, accelerated motion and astronomical observations. Galileo was the first to discover the four largest satellites of Jupiter which were named the Galilean moons in his honor. Galileo had also improved compass design and eventually opposed the geocentric view. His sight started to deteriorate at the age of 68 years old and eventually leaded to complete blindness.

    Andrea Bocelli - (born 22 September 1958) Andrea Bocelli had become blind at the age of 12 years old following a football accident in which he was hit in the head. At 6 years old Bocelli was taking piano lessons before also learning the saxophone and the flute. His family would always ask him to sing, bocelli once said "I don't think a singer decides to sing, it is the others who choose that you sing by their reactions". Bocelli has also sung with other great singers such as Pavarotti.

    John Milton - (December 9, 1608 - November 8, 1674)John Milton was a civil servant, English poet and prose polemicist. Milton was well known through his epic poem Paradise Lost and also for his radical views on republican religion. He never was well adjusted in school and once got expelled for having a fist fight with his tutor. Eventually he began to write poetry in English, Latin and Italian. John Milton became blind at the age of 43 in 1651, and has written books containing quotes of how the experience sometimes made him miserable.

    James Thurber - (December 8, 1894-November 2, 1961) James Thurber was a comedian and cartoonist most known for his contributions to New Yorker Magazine. While playing with his brothers William and Robert, William shot him in the eye with and arrow while playing a game of William Tell making him almost completely blind after the loss of an eye. At school James could not play sports with his friends due to this accident so he decided to work on his creative mind, putting his skills in writing.

    Claude Monet - also known as Oscar-Claude Monet or Claude Oscar Monet (November 14, 1840 - December 5, 1926) was a founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting. The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise. His popularity and fame grew. By 1907 he had painted many well-known paintings, but by then he had his first problem with his eyesight. He started to go blind. He still painted, though his eyes got worse. He wouldn't stop painting until he was nearly blind. In the last decade of his life Monet, nearly blind, painted a group of large water lily murals (Nympheas) for the Musee de l'Orangerie in Paris.

    Horatio Nelson - (29 September 1758 - 21 October 1805) Horatio was a British admiral and was one of the first to go against the conventional tactics of his time by cutting through the enemy's lines in the Napoleonic Wars. Horatio became blind in one eye early in his Royal Navy career, he would use his blindness as cockiness during certain fights. In those days a retreat or surrender was shown via a system of signal flags, when friendly or enemy ships would display the flags Horatio would bring his telescope to his blind eye and say carry on with the attack, I see no signals.
    Percy Wyndham Lewis - (18 November 1882 - 7 March 1957) was an English painter and author. He was a co-founder of the Vorticist movement in art, and edited the literary magazine of the Vorticists, BLAST. His novels include his pre-World War I-era novel Tarr (set in Paris), and The Human Age, a trilogy comprising The Childermass (1928), Monstre Gai and Malign Fiesta (both 1955), set in the afterworld. A fourth volume of The Human Age, The Trial of Man, was begun by Lewis but left in a fragmentary state at the time of his death. He also wrote two autobiographical volumes, Blasting and Bombardiering (1937) and Rude Assignment: A Narrative of my Career up-to-date (1950). Lewis spent World War II in the United States and Canada. Artistically the period is mainly important for the series of watercolour fantasies around the themes of creation, crucifixion and bathing that he produced in Toronto in 1941 - 42. He returned to England in 1945. By 1951, he was completely blind. In 1950 he published the autobiographical Rude Assignment, in 1951 a collection of allegorical short stories about life in "the capital of a dying empire," entitled "Rotting Hill," and in 1952 a book of essays on writers such as George Orwell, Jean-Paul Sartre and Andre Malraux, entitled "The Writer and the Absolute." This was followed by the semi-autobiograpical novel "Self Condemned" (1954), a major late statement.

    Brian McKeever - (born June 18, 1979 in Calgary, Alberta) is a Canadian cross-country skier and biathlete. In 2010, he became the first Canadian athlete to be named to both Paralympic and Olympic teams. He began skiing at the age of three and started competing at thirteen. At 19 he began losing his vision due to Stargardt's disease. At the 2002 and 2006 Winter Paralympics he competed in both cross-country skiing and biathlon. He won two gold medals and a silver in cross-country the first year and bronze medal for biathlon plus two gold medals and a silver for cross-country skiing in the later year. His older brother, Robin McKeever, competes as his guide when Brian skis in the Paralympics.

    Sabriye Tenberken - (born 1970) is a German socialworker and co-founder of the organisation Braille Without Borders. Sabriye became gradually visually impaired and completely blind by the age of thirteen due to retinal disease. She studied Central Asian Studies at Bonn University. In addition to Mongolian and modern Chinese, she studied modern and classical Tibetan in combination with Sociology and Philosophy. As no blind student had ever before ventured to enroll in this kind of studies, she could not fall back on the experience of previous students,so she developed her own methods of studying her course of studying. It was thus that a Tibetan Braille script for the blind was developed in 1992, which became the official script for the blind in Tibet. In 1997, Sabriye travelled to Tibet alone in order to assess the situation of the blind there. Returning in 1998, she founded the Centre for the Blind in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, to educate blind people. Before, the blind had not been able to attend school.

    Dr. Jacob Bolotin - (1888-1924) - The first congenitally blind man to receive a medical license. Dr. Bolotin lived and practiced in Chicago during the early part of the twentieth century and was particularly known for his expertise on diseases of the heart and lungs. He used his many public speaking engagements to advocate for the full inclusion of the blind in education, employment, and all other aspects of society. Awards named for him are presented each year by the National Federation of the Blind to individuals and organizations who have made substantial contributions toward achieving the goal of the full integration of the blind into society on the basis of equality. The awards are funded by the Alfred and Rosalind Perlman Trust, created by a bequest from Dr. Bolotin's nephew and niece. The first Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards were presented at the 2008 convention of the National Federation of the Blind.

    Jorge Luis Borges - (24 August 1899 - 14 June 1986) Jorge Luis Borges was an Argentine writer. His output includes short stories, essays, poetry, literary criticism, and translations. Borges was born on August 24, 1899 in Buenos aires, Argentina, to an educated family descended from famous military figures in Argentina's history; in accordance with Argentine custom, he never used his entire name. His family was comfortably wealthy, but not quite wealthy enough to live in downtown Buenos Aires. Instead, they lived in the then suburb of Palermo, famous for its knife-fights, where urban space gave way to the countryside.

    Joseph Plateau - (October 14, 1801 - September 15, 1883) Joseph Plateau was a Belgian physicist. In 1836, Plateau invented an early stroboscopic device, the "phenakistiscope". It consisted of two disks, one with small equidistant radial windows, through which the viewer could look, and another containing a sequence of images. When the two disks rotated at the correct speed, the synchronization of the windows and the images created an animated effect. The projection of stroboscopic photographs, creating the illusion of motion, eventually led to the development of cinema. Fascinated by the persistence of luminous impressions on the retina, he performed an experiment in which he gazed directly into the sun for 25 seconds. Consequently, he lost his eyesight later in his life. He died in Ghent.

    Marla Runyan - (born January 4, 1969) Marla Runyan is a marathon runner who is legally blind. She is a three-time national champion in the women's 5.000 metres. Runyan's career as a world-class runner began in 1999 at the Pan American Games, where she won the 1,500-meter race. The next year, she placed eighth in the 1,500-meter in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, making Runyan the first legally blind athlete to compete in the Games and the highest finish by an American woman in that event. In 2002 she finished as the top American at the 2002 New York City Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 27 minutes and 10 seconds to post the second-fastest debut time ever by an American woman.

    Ray Charles - (September 23, 1930 - June 10, 2004) known by his stage name Ray Charles, was an American pianist and musician who shaped the sound of rhythm and blues. He brought a soulful sound to country music, pop standards, and a rendition of "America the Beautiful" that Ed Bradley of 60 Minutes called the "definitive version of the song, an American anthem. In 1965, Charles was arrested for possession of heroin, a drug to which he had been addicted for nearly 20 years. It was his third arrest for the offence, but he avoided jail time after kicking the habit in a clinic in Los Angeles. He spent a year on parole in 1966.

    Sidney Bradford - (May 30, 1906 - August 2, 1960) went blind at 10 months of age but regained sight on both eyes after a cornea transplant at the age of 52. He was the subject of many scientific studies of perception by neuropsychologist Richard Gregory. His operation was able to reveal idiosyncrasies of the human visual system. For example, not having grown up with vision, Bradford did not perceive the ambiguity of the Necker cube. Nor was he able to interpret the perspective of two-dimensional art. Nevertheless, he could accurately judge the distance to objects in the same room, having been familiar with these distances before regaining sight by virtue of having walked them. In a similar analogy between vision and sightless (touch-only) experience, Bradford was able to visually read the time on the ward clock just after his operation. Before surgery Bradford was a skilled machinist, but upon gaining vision, he became confused and unable to work. He committed suicide two years after his operation.

    Thomas Gore - (born Governor Thomas Pryor Gore on December 10, 1870 - March 16, 1949) Thomas was a Democratic politician. He became blind as a child through two separate accidents but did not give up his dream of becoming a senator. In 1907, he was elected to the Senate as one of the first two senators from the new state of Oklahoma. He was re-elected in 1908 and 1914 but defeated in 1920. He was known as a member of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, who worked with Republicans such as Robert La Follette. He was to a large extent no different from any other politician because of his blindness, but there were problems, as La Follette recounts an example in his memoirs when, during a filibuster, Gore did not realize that the senator who was to take over speaking for him had left the room, and the filibuster failed because he did not continue to speak.

    William Prescott - (February 20, 1726 - 1795) was an American colonel in the Revolutionary War who commanded the rebel forces in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Prescott became widely attributed for the famous quote, "Do not fire until you see the whites of their eyes," an important instruction to his soldiers in order to conserve ammunition. The former town of Prescott, Massachusetts, was named in his honor. The town was disincorporated in 1938 as part of the building of the Quabbin Reservoir, and the land now makes up Prescott Peninsula, which divides the main branches of the reservoir. Prescott's likeness was made into a statue for a memorial for the Battle of Bunker Hill.

    Arnolt Schlick - Arnolt was a German organist and composer of the Renaissance. Though records of his early life are sparse, most likely he was from the area around Heidelberg (based on linguistic evidence). He was blind for much of his life. Schlick is best known for his publication of the book Spiegel der Orgelmacher und Organisten in 1511, the first treatise on building and playing organs written in German. It contains ten chapters, and covers topics such as size and shape of pipes, construction of bellows, wind production, and metallurgy; in addition he covers tuning, and gives advice on how best to position the instrument in the building.

    Esref Armagan - (born 1953) Esref is a blind painter of Turkish origin. Mr. Armagan is an important figure in the history of picture-making, and in the history of knowledge. His work is remarkable. He has demonstrated for the first time that a blind person can develop on his or her own pictorial skills the equal of most depiction by the sighted. This has not happened before in the history of picture-making. He was born blind to a poor family in Turkey, and has been drawing or painting since childhood. He has had exhibitions in Turkey and in Holland and the Czech Republic. In 2004, he was the subject of a study of human perception, conducted by the psychologist John Kennedy of University of Toronto.

    Frederick Delius - (January 29, 1862 - June 10, 1934) was an English composer born in Bradford in the West Riding of Yorkshire in the north of England. Although born in England and educated at Bradford Grammar School (where the singer John Coates was his contemporary), Frederick Delius felt little attraction for the country of his birth and spent most of his life abroad, in the United States and the continent of Europe, chiefly in France. Nonetheless his music has been described as 'extremely redolent of the soil of this country [i.e. Britain] and characteristic of the finer elements of the national spirit' by Felix Aprahamian.

    John Stanley - (January 17, 1712 - May 19, 1786) John Stanley was an English composer and organist. Stanley, who was blind from an early age, studied music with Maurice Greene and held a number of organist appointments in London, such as St Andrew's, Holborn from 1726. He was a friend of George Frideric Handel, and following Handel's death, Stanley joined first with John Christopher Smith and later with Thomas Linley to continue the series of oratorio concerts Handel had established, and succeeded him as a governor of the Foundling Hospital (continuing his tradition of performing "Messiah" for them).

    Kelvin Tan Weilian - born 5 October 1981) Kelvin Tan Weilian is a visually impaired professional singer in Singapore. On 1 September 2005 he shot to prominence when he won Project SuperStar, a Mandarin singing competition hosted by Singapore's MediaCorp TV Channel U, after garnering 64% of the 533,000 telephone votes. Kelvin is proficient in both piano and the guitar, and sings in a variety of languages and dialects. In his debut concert on 22 April 2006 at the Max Pavilion in Singapore, he sang in Mandarin, English, Thai, Cantonese and Hokkien.

    Omar Abdel-Rahman - (born May 3, 1938) is a blind Egyptian Muslim leader who is currently serving a life sentence at the Butner Medical Center which is part of the Butner Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, North Carolina, United States. Formerly a resident of New York City, Abdel-Rahman and nine others were convicted of "seditious conspiracy", which requires only that a crime be planned, not that it necessarily be attempted. His prosecution grew out of investigations of the World Trade Center 1993 bombings. Abdel-Rahman was born in Egypt in 1938 and lost his eyesight at a young age due to childhood diabetes. He studied a Braille version of the Qur'an as a child and developed an interest in the works of the Islamic purists Ibn Taymiyah and Sayyid Qutb. After graduating in Qur'anic studies from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the Egyptian government imprisoned him because he was an opponent of the regime.

    Thomas Rhodes Armitage - (1824-1890) Armitage was a British physician, founder of the Royal National Institute of the Blind. He was raised on the continent, first at Avranches, and later at Frankfurt and Offenbach. He attended the Sorbonne and later King's College, London. He became a physician, practising at the Marylebone Dispensary, in the Crimean War, and as a private consultant in London. He was forced to abandon his medical career because of declining vision, eventually becoming blind. Armitage decided to help solve the problem of making literature available to the blind through embossed type: in Britain this had become complicated by the proliferation of different standards. He formed the "British and Foreign Society for Improving the Embossed Literature of the Blind", later the "British and Foreign Blind Association for Promoting the Education and Employment of the Blind" and (after his death) the "National Institute for the Blind".

    Joseph Pulitzer - (April 10, 1847 - October 29, 1911) Joseph was a Hungarian-American publisher best known for posthumously establishing the Pulitzer Prizes (along with William Randolph Hearst) and for originating yellow journalism. In 1882 Pulitzer purchased the New York World, a newspaper that had been losing $40,000 a year, for $346,000 from Jay Gould. Pulitzer shifted its focus to human-interest stories, scandal, and sensationalism. At the age of 42 Joseph became blind due to retinal detachment leaving him no choice but to retire.

    Judy Heumann - (born 1947) is an American disability rights activist. Heumann's commitment to disability rights stems from her personal experiences, she had polio at the age of 18 months, and has spent most of her life in a wheelchair. Heumann graduated from Long Island University in 1969 and gained a Master of Science degree in public health at the University of California, Berkeley in 1975. She has been awarded honorary doctorates by Long Island University in Brooklyn, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Leonhard Euler - (born April 15, 1707) Leonhard was a pioneering Swiss mathematician and physicist who spent most of his life in Russia and Germany. Euler made important discoveries in fields as diverse as calculus and graph theory. He also introduced much of the modern mathematical terminology and notation, particularly for mathematical analysis, such as the notion of a mathematical function. He is also renowned for his work in mechanics, optics, and astronomy. Euler's left eye became blind from cataract and suffered from eyestrain caused by a strong fever in 1735.

    Rahsaan Roland Kirk - (August 7, 1936 - December 5, 1977) Rahsaan was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, playing tenor saxophone, flute and other reed instruments. He was perhaps best known for his vitality on stage, where virtuoso improvisation was accompanied by comic banter, political ranting and his famous ability to play a number of instruments simultaneously. Kirk was also very political, using the stage to talk on black history, civil rights and other issues, which he was always capable of tipping over into high comedy. He went blind at an early age due to poor medical treatment.

    Tilly Aston - (December 11, 1873 - 1 November 1947) better known as Tilly Aston, was a blind Australian writer and teacher, who founded the Victorian Association of Braille Writers, and later went on to establish the Association for the Advancement of the Blind, with herself as secretary. She is remembered for her achievements in promoting the rights of vision impaired people. Aston was also a prolific writer, particularly of poetry and prose sketches, though her writing was often interrupted by her teaching and other activities.

    Doc Watson - (born March 3, 1923) Doc Watson is an American guitar player, songwriter and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues and gospel music. An eye infection caused Doc Watson to lose his vision before his first birthday. Despite this, he was taught by his parents to work hard and care for himself. He attended North Carolina's school for the visually impaired, The Governor Morehead School, in Raleigh NC. The first song Doc ever learned to play was "When Roses Bloom in Dixieland". His father was so proud that he took Doc to the store and bought him his first guitar, a $12 Stella. Doc proved to be a natural and within months he was busking on local street corners playing Delmore, Louvin and Monroe Brothers' duets alongside his brother Linny. By the time he reached his adult years Doc had become a prolific acoustic and electric guitar player.

    Francesco Landini - (around 1325 - September 2, 1397) Francesco Landini was an Italian composer, organist, singer, poet and instrument maker. He was one of the most famous and revered composers of the second half of the 14th century, and by far the most famous composer in Italy. According to Villani, Landini was given a crown of laurel by the King of Cyprus, who was in Venice for several periods during the 1360s. Probably Landini spent some time in northern Italy prior to 1370. Evidence in some of his music also points to this: he dedicated one motet to Andrea Contarini, who was Doge of Venice from 1368 to 1382; and in addition, his works are well-represented in northern Italian sources.

    Sue Townsend - (born April 2, 1946) is a British novelist, best known as the author of the Adrian Mole series of books. Her writing tends to combine comedy with social commentary, though she has written purely dramatic works as well. She has suffered from diabetes for many years, as a result of which she was registered blind in 2001, and has woven this theme into her work. She married a sheet-metal worker and had three children under five by the time she was 22. She joined a writers' group at the Phoenix Theatre, Leicester in her thirties.

    Bernard Morin - (born 1931) Bernard Morin is a French mathematician, especially a topologist, born in 1931, who is now retired. He has been blind since age 6, but his blindness did not prevent him from having a successful career in mathematics. Morin was a member of the group that first exhibited an eversion of the sphere, i.e. a homotopy (topological metamorphosis) which starts with a sphere and ends with the same sphere but turned inside-out. He also discovered the Morin surface, which is a half-way model for the sphere eversion, and used it to prove a lower bound on the number of steps needed to turn a sphere inside out.

    Erik Weihenmayer - born September 23, 1968 - is the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on May 25, 2001. Erik was born with a disease called retinoschisis and became totally blind by the age of 13. He has also completed the Seven Summits in September 2002. Erik is also an acrobatic skydiver, long distance biker, marathon runner, skier, mountaineer, ice climber, and rock climber. In 2004, he led an expedition in Tibet called Climbing Blind project, including blind teens from the Braille Without Borders school for blind at Lhasa, Tibet.

    Maria Theresa Paradis - (also von Paradies) (1759-1824) was an Austrian music performer and composer who lost her sight at an early age, and for whom Mozart may have written his Piano Concerto No. 18 in B flat major.

    Jacques Lusseyran - (1924-1971) was a blind French author and political activist. He became totally blind in a school accident at the age of 8. In the spring of 1941, at the age of 17, Lusseyran formed a Resistance group called the Volunteers of Liberty with 52 other boys. He was put in charge of recruitment. The group later merged with another Resistance group called Defense de la France.

    David Alexander Paterson - (born May 20, 1954) is an American politician and the current Governor of New York. He is the first African American governor of New York and also the second legally blind governor of any U.S. state after Bob C. Riley, who was Governor of Arkansas for eleven days in January 1975. At the age of three months, Paterson contracted an ear infection which spread to his optic nerve, leaving him with no sight in his left eye and severely limited vision in his right eye.

    Tony Max - Canadian visual artist, 1957 - He was born legally blind, with ten percent vision, because of congenital cataracts. His vision was improved by cataract surgery as a teenager, but the surgery eventually led to glaucoma and three retinal detachments. He still had significant vision impairments, but despite that, went on to become one of Canada's most famous fine artists.

    Jeff Healey - Canadian folk singer (born Norman Jeffrey Healey, March 25, 1966 - March 2, 2008) was a blind jazz, and blues-rock vocalist and guitarist who attained musical and personal popularity, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s.

    Peter White MBE - (1947) is a British broadcast journalist and DJ. He was a regular presenter on BBC Radio Solent from the station's launch in 1971 until November 2006. Blind since birth (as was his older brother), he is closely associated with disability issues. He currently presents You and Yours and In Touch on Radio 4, and regularly contributes to other science, news or educational programmes to talk about disabilities. He was made the BBC's Disability Affairs Correspondent in 1995, and wrote a column for the Guardian 'G2' magazine which appeared on 8 September 2006 and provoked many positive responses.

    Johanna "Anne" Mansfield Sullivan Macy - (April 14, 1866 - October 20, 1936), also known as Annie Sullivan, was an American teacher best known as the instructor and companion of Helen Keller. When Anne was six her mother, Alice, died; and when she was eight her father, Thomas, left, after which Anne was sent to an almshouse. In 1880 Anne was sent to the Perkins School for the Blind. Anne Sullivan is an integral character in The Miracle Worker, by William Gibson, originally produced for television, where she was portrayed by Teresa Wright. The play then moved to Broadway, and was later produced as a 1962 feature film. Both the Broadway play and 1962 film featured Anne Bancroft in the Anne Sullivan role. Patty Duke, who played Helen Keller in the 1962 film version, later played Anne Sullivan in a 1979 television remake. Alison Elliott recently portrayed her in a 2000 television movie. Alison Pill played Annie Sullivan on Broadway in the 2010 revival of The Miracle Worker, with Abigail Breslin as Helen Keller. Both Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke won Academy Awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for their roles as Sullivan and Keller in the 1962 film version.

    Apl.de.ap - (Born November 28, 1974) Black Eyed Peas rapper apl.de.ap, (Allan Pineda Lindo, Jr.), is legally blind. He has been diagnosed with the disease nystagmus. apl.de.ap boasts of having overcome the condition and now being able to get up on the stage with his fellow BEP bandmates even if he can't see that well. "Until I discovered hip-hop, I felt I wasn't going to accomplish anything. When I dance, I picture myself and the floor in my head. I doubted myself for a long time. I'm comfortable not using my vision. I weave around my problems."

    Abdurrahman Wahid - former President of Indonesia (1940- )

    Al Hibbler

    Audre Lorde - Poet - Activist (1934 - 1992)

    Blind Lemon Jefferson - (1893 - 1929) - Blues musician & singer

    Blind Willie McTell - (1901 - 1959)

    Brandon Jardine - was stabbed in the eyes by his parents with red hot pokers in 1991.

    Clarence Carter - (born 1936)

    David Blunkett - (born 1947) - British ex-cabinet minister

    Denise Leigh - opera singer and winner of Channel 4's Operatunity

    Dorothea Lange - Photographer (1895 - 1965)

    Dr William Moon - inventor of Moon system of reading

    Eamon de Valera - (1882 - 1975) - President of Ireland.

    Eduard Degas - French painter

    Ella Fitzgerald - (1917 - 1996) - jazz singer - went blind as a result of diabetes in her old age.

    Enrico Dandolo - (died 1205) - doge of Venice - blind from trauma.

    Esmond Knight - British actor

    Fritz Lang - (1890 - 1976) - nearly blind at the end of his life

    Francisco Goya - (1746 - 1828) - painter - became blind and deaf in late life - painted blind(ed) subjects.

    Frankie Armstrong - English folk singer and voice teacher - sight degraded in late teens onwards from glaucoma

    George Shearing - (1919 - ) - jazz pianist.

    Gilbert Montagn

    Ginny Owens - Gospel singer - totally blind from age 2

    Harilyn Rousso - Disability Rights Activist/Psychotherapist (1946-)

    Henry Fawcett - UK Postmaster General - 19th Century

    Homer - Greek poet said to have been blind.

    Honor Daumier - (1808 - 1879) - French caricaturist - painter - and sculptor - blind later in life.

    Isaac the Blind - (1160 - 1235) - French cabbalist (possibly blind from birth)

    Isaac - biblical patriarch

    James Joyce - (1882 - 1941) - writer - at times blind - underwent several operations

    Jessica Callahan - singer - blind from retinopathy of prematurity

    Jhamak Ghimire - Nepalese Poet and Writer (1980)

    Joaquin Rodrigo - composer - from an illness at age three

    Johann Sebastian Bach - (1685 - 1750) - became blind in later life.

    John II of Aragon - (1397 - 1479) - able to see again after cataract surgery (couching) by Abiathar Crescas

    John Wesley Powell - Explorer - Geologist (1834 - 1902)

    Jose Feliciano - (born 1945) - blind from birth due to congenital glaucoma

    Joshua Reynolds - (1723 -1792) - British painter - blind later in life.

    Judi Chamberlin - Mental Patients' Liberation Activist (1944-)

    King John the Blind of Bohemia - (1309 - 1346)

    Mike May - (born 1954) - regained partial vision due to stem cell research.

    Ronnie Milsap

    Samson - Biblical character - blinded by the Philistines

    St. Paul - Apostle

    Stalebread Lacombe - Jazz musician - went blind in middle age

    Surdas - a Hindu poet - saint and musician of India

    Tim Cordes

    Tom Wiggins (1849 -1908)

    W.C. Handy - (1873 -1958) - Blues composer - went blind in middle age

    Wilma Mankiller - Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation (1945-)

    Zohar Sharon - blind pro golfer

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    It is no one business to tell any disabled person that their lives are doomed or to assume so. It is that kind of attitude that makes them depressed and less likely to accept and live with their disability.

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    Re: If you aint blind, dont assume you know what it is like to be blind.

    Yes. It is also no one else's business to tell disabled people that they should "fight." You are only proving my point. Not all disabled people want to conquer Mt Everest and not all disabled ppl want to start an orphanage. To put them in one category is idiocy.

    Many blind ppl, who loose their sight, have a legit reasons to die. They do not want to adapt to this world inhabited by those with sight. They cant tolerate feeling inadequate and lacking and they have every right to wish to die. To tell them otherwise is inhumane. To narrate to them stories of blind ppl who conquered mt everest is even bigger bigotry.

    Good that your brother adapted to his life, but he is no stronger than a blind person (many of whom I know from clinic) who just wish to die and not live anymore.
    If you aint blind, dont assume you know what it is like to be blind.

    Help me to escape from this existence
    I yearn for an answer... can you help me?
    I'm drowning in a sea of abused visions and shattered dreams
    In somnolent illusion... I'm paralyzed

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    List of well known and famous people who use and used wheelchairs.

    Stephen Hawking - Professor Stephen Hawking is a well-known example of a person with MND, and has lived for more than 40 years with the disease. Stephen Hawking: The internationally renowned Physicist, has defied time and doctor's pronouncements that he would not live 2-years beyond his 21 years of age when he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The symptoms are very similar to those of CP, Hawking cannot walk, talk, breathe easy, swallow and has difficulty in holding up his head. Hawking, 51, was told 30 years ago, when he was a not-very-remarkable college student.

    F.D. Roosevelt - Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 - April 12, 1945), He was the 32nd President of the United States. Elected to four terms in office, he served from 1933 to 1945, and is the only U.S. president to have served more than two terms of office. In August 1921, while the Roosevelts were vacationing at Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Roosevelt contracted an illness, at the time believed to be polio, which resulted in Roosevelt's total and permanent paralysis from the waist down. Roosevelt refused to accept that he was permanently paralyzed. He tried a wide range of therapies, including hydrotherapy. Fitting his hips and legs with iron braces, he laboriously taught himself to walk a short distance by swiveling his torso while supporting himself with a cane. In private, he used a wheelchair, but he was careful never to be seen in it in public. In 2003, a peer-reviewed study found that it was more likely that Roosevelt's paralytic illness was actually Guillain-Barre syndrome, not poliomyelitis.

    Teddy Pendergrass - Theodore DeReese Pendergrass, Sr. (born March 26, 1950 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). Pendergrass' career began when he was a drummer for The Cadillacs, which soon merged with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. Melvin invited Pendergrass to become the lead singer after he jumped from the rear of a stage and started singing his heart out. On March 18, 1982, in Philadelphia, Pendergrass was involved in an automobile accident when the brakes failed on his Rolls Royce and he hit a tree, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down with a spinal cord injury. After completing six months in rehabilitation, he returned to the studio to record the album Love Language, featuring the 1984 ballad "Hold Me", a duet with a then-unknown Whitney Houston.

    Christopher Reeve - Christopher D'Olier Reeve (September 25, 1952 - October 10, 2004) was an American actor, director, producer, and writer. He portrayed Superman - Kal-El - Clark Kent in four films, from 1978 to 1987. In the 1980s, he also starred in several films, including Somewhere in Time (1980), Deathtrap (1982), The Bostonians (1984), and Street Smart (1987). In May 1995, Christopher Reeve was paralyzed in an accident during an equestrian competition. He was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. He lobbied on behalf of people with spinal cord injuries, and for human embryonic stem cell research after this accident. He founded the Christopher Reeve Foundation and co-founded the Reeve-Irvine Research Center. Reeve died at age 52 on October 10, 2004 from cardiac arrest caused by a systemic infection.

    Itzhak Perlman - (born August 31, 1945) is an Israeli-American violinist, conductor, and pedagogue. He is one of the most distinguished violinists of the late 20th century. Perlman contracted polio at the age of four. He made a good recovery, learning to walk with the use of crutches. Today he uses a wheelchair or walks with the aid of crutches on his arms and plays the violin while seated. Critics say it is not the music alone that makes his playing so special. They say he is able to communicate the joy he feels in playing, and the emotions that great music can deliver.
    Joni Eareckson Tada - An evangelical Christian author, radio host, and founder of Joni and Friends, an organization "accelerating Christian ministry in the disability community." A diving accident in 1967 left Tada hospitalized and paralyzed (as a quadriplegic; unable to use her hands or legs.) After two years of rehabilitation and in a wheelchair, Tada began working to help others in similar situations. Tada wrote of her experiences in her international best-selling autobiography, Joni, which has been distributed in many languages, and which was made into a feature film of the same name.

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    I am talking about blindness, not using wheelchair. Being limited to wheel chair is not as disabling as being blind.
    If you aint blind, dont assume you know what it is like to be blind.

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    Famous People with Multiple Sclerosis
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    By Disabled World - 2008-01-22

    List of famous and well known people both living and deceased who have and had multiple sclerosis ms.

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    Multiple sclerosis (MS) formerly known as disseminated sclerosis or encephalomyelitis disseminata), is a chronic, potentially debilitating disease that affects your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).

    There is as yet no cure for MS. Many patients do well with no therapy at all, especially since many medications have serious side effects and some carry significant risks. However, three forms of beta interferon (Avonex, Betaseron, and Rebif) have now been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of relapsing-remitting MS.

    A physician may diagnose MS in some patients soon after the onset of the illness. In others, however, doctors may not be able to readily identify the cause of the symptoms, leading to years of uncertainty and multiple diagnoses.

    Multiple sclerosis affects an estimated 300,000 people in the United States and probably more than 1 million people around the world. MS effects twice as many females as males.

    Famous People with Multiple Sclerosis:

    Richard Pryor - Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 - December 10, 2005) was an American comedian, actor, and writer. He is also regarded as the most important stand up comedian of his time. Pryor grew up in his grandmother's brothel, where his mother, Gertrude L. Thomas, practiced prostitution. His father, LeRoy "Buck" Pryor (a.k.a. Buck Carter) was a former bartender, boxer, and World War II veteran who worked as his wife's pimp. In 1991, Pryor announced that he had been suffering from multiple sclerosis since 1986. In response to giving up drugs after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, he said: "God gave me this M.S. sh*t to save my life".

    Donna Fargo - (born Yvonne Vaughan on November 10, 1945 in Mount Airy, North Carolina) is a country music singer and songwriter. She is best known by pop fans for her 1972 country/pop crossover hit "The Happiest Girl In the Whole USA." Fargo's follow-up song, "Funny Face", proved to be another Country/Pop crossover hit. In 1979, Fargo announced that she had multiple sclerosis, yet vowed to fight it and continue on with her career. Although seldom discussing health issues in interviews, the disease appears to have been in remission for many years. Fargo has long been a source of inspiration for others similarly afflicted.

    William Hartnell - William Henry Hartnell (8 January 1908 - 23 April 1975) was an English actor, the first actor to play the lead role of the Doctor in the long-running science fiction television series Doctor Who from 1963 to 1966. Hartnell was cast as the first of eight actors to portray TV's Doctor Who. This internationally popular sci-fi series made Hartnell a star all over again however multiple sclerosis forced him to relinquish the role to Patrick Troughton in 1966. Hartnell entered the theatre in 1924 working under Frank Benson. In 1928 he appeared in the play Miss Elizabeth's Prisoner, by R. N. Stephens and E. Lyall Swete, along with the actress Heather McIntyre. Doctor Who earned Hartnell a regular salary of Pds315 per episode by 1966. In comparison, his co-stars Anneke Wills and Michael Craze earned Pds68 and Pds52 per episode at the same time. In early 1975, he suffered a series of strokes brought on by cerebrovascular disease and died peacefully in his sleep of heart failure on 23 April 1975 at the age of 67.

    Clive Burr - (born March 8, 1957, East Ham, East London) was the drummer in the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. Clive had a unique style of drumming when playing for Iron Maiden, often he would craft fills and beats which closely followed the riffs played by the bass and guitars. Excellent examples of this are "Phantom of the Opera","Wrathchild" and "Genghis Khan". Clive used Ludwig drums and Paiste Cymbals on the first two Maiden albums. His most recognised kit was his 1982 custom Tama kit used on the "Beast on the Road Tour". Burr has since been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the treatment of which left him deeply in debt. Iron Maiden staged a series of charity concerts and were involved in the founding of the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund.
    Laurie Elyse - Born in Virginia, Laurie is an American fashion designer and artist. While attending The School of Visual Arts she gained recognition for both her functional furniture creations using broken/new/used parts from instruments that were used to raise money for charities such as The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, and for her M16 Vibrator art piece that was almost banned from a NYC gallery show. Laurie Elyse has had Multiple Sclerosis for the last two years and on August 13, 2009 debuted her 2010 swimwear collection and many of the pieces proceeds were donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern California Chapter.

    Alan Osmond - Alan Ralph Osmond (born June 22, 1949) was a member of the 1970s music group The Osmonds and the head of the Osmond Family. Osmond dated the Carpenters' lead singer, Karen Carpenter. He married Suzanne Pinegar on July 16, 1974; they have eight sons. Alan kept the Osmond Brothers together for almost 40 years. Throughout the 1970s, he made every crucial decision and managed to keep a steady, equal pay for his younger brothers. Because of Donny Osmond's break with the group, Alan and the other members of the group were unable to perform live for almost two years. Eventually Alan was unable to perform due to multiple sclerosis. In 2000, Alan received the Dorothy Corwin Spirit of Life Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Socity.

    Margaret Leighton - (February 26, 1922 - January 13, 1976) was an English actress. Leighton's Broadway debut was as the Queen in Henry IV (1946) starring Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson during a visit to America of the Old Vic company, which performed a total of five plays from its repertoire before returning to London. She won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in Separate Tables (1956); she won another Tony in that category for The Night of the Iguana (1962), playing Hannah Jelkes opposite Bette Davis as Maxine Faulk. Margaret Leighton died of multiple sclerosis, aged 53, in Chichester, West Sussex.

    Jonathan Katz - (born December 1, 1946 [1]) is an American comedian, actor, and voice actor who is best known for his starring role in the animated sitcom Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. In 1996, Katz was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The initial symptoms began in 1996: "I was working on a TV show called Ink with Ted Danson, and after every episode we would take a curtain call and I noticed that I needed a head-start." Over time, he found it difficult to hide his physical condition behind his jokes: "I was producing a show, and it was too physical a job for me to get from one location to another and I had to pretend I could keep up with everybody. My manager and attorney said, 'In Hollywood you can't be old or sick.' Hiding his condition became too much of a burden for Katz and he eventually disclosed it. Now he speaks publicly as part of a tour sponsored by a manufacturer of medications used to treat MS.

    David "Squiggy" Lander - (born June 22, 1947) is an American actor, comedian, composer, musician, and baseball scout. David is also the Goodwill Ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Lander has appeared in numerous TV shows and movies including The Bob Newhart Show, Barney Miller, Happy Days, Married... with Children, Twin Peaks, The Weird Al Show, Mad About You, as well as voice roles for animation films like The Big Bang, A Bug's Life and the animated TV series Galaxy High as the six-armed Milo de Venus.

    Barbara Jordan - (February 21, 1936 - January 17, 1996) was an American politician from Texas. She served as a congresswoman in the United States House of Representatives from 1973 to 1979. In 1973, Jordan began to suffer from multiple sclerosis. She had difficulty climbing stairs, and she started using a cane and eventually a wheelchair. She kept the state of her health out of the press so well that in the KUT radio documentary Rediscovering Barbara Jordan, former president Bill Clinton stated that he wanted to nominate Jordan for the United States Supreme Court, but by the time he could do so, Jordan's health problems prevented him from nominating her.

    Alastair Hignell - (born September 4, 1955) Hignell is the son of a former Hampshire footballer. He won blues at Cambridge at both cricket and rugby union, and by the time he graduated from university in 1977 he had already made several England appearances at full back. He made his England debut in 1975 in a brutal encounter with Australia in Brisbane - eight days later he was playing for Gloucestershire against Middlesex at Bristol and five weeks later he made 60 in the Varsity match. Hignell continued to play and teach until he moved into journalism full time and became a respected reporter, as well as working extensively on BBC Radio. In 1999, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and has since been an active fundraiser.

    Annette Funicello - (born October 22, 1942) Annette is an American singer and actress. She was Walt Disney's most popular Mouseketeer, and went on to appear in a series of beach movies. When she was cast in her first beach movie, Walt Disney himself (for the sake of her virginal image) asked her not to appear in any provocative scenes or wear any attire that showed her navel. She (perhaps unintentionally) did not fully comply with the latter request. Annette Funicello has been battling Multiple Sclerosis since 1987.

    Joe Torsella - (born October 8, 1963) is President and CEO of the National Constitution Center located on Philadelphia's Independence Mall. Currently serving his second term as President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, Torsella led the Center from 1997-2003, and returned in 2006. Under Rendell, Torsella developed and implemented financial and labor reforms that led the city toward a fiscal rebound that the New York Times called "one of the most stunning turnarounds in recent urban history".

    Montel Williams - (born July 3, 1956) Montel is an American celebrity and former television talk show host. Williams enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1974 and completed his recruit training at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. While training at Twentynine Palms, he was selected for training at the Naval Preparatory School. Williams was the first African American to attend the prestigious prep school. A year later, he was accepted into the United States Naval Academy. Williams served on board the USS Sampson during the U.S. invasion of Grenada. His awards include the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, two Navy Expeditionary Medals, two Humanitarian Service Medals, a Navy Achievement Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals and two Meritorious Service Medals. After 12 years of military service he departed as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy.

    Paul Wellstone - (July 21, 1944 - October 25, 2002) Wellstone was a two-term U.S. Senator from the U.S. state of Minnesota and member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, which is affiliated with the national Democratic Party. Before being elected to the Senate in 1990, he was a professor of political science at Carleton College. He served in the Senate from 1991 until his death in a plane crash on 25 October 2002, 11 days before he was to stand in the midterm US senate election. His wife, Sheila, and daughter, Marcia, also died in the crash. They had two other grown children, David and Mark, who now co-chair the Wellstone Action nonprofit group.

    Carrel Cowan-Ricks - historical archaeologist and anthropologist - I have it on good authority that she did NOT have MS, she had Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus).

    Victoria Williams - (born December 23, 1958) is an American singer/songwriter and musician, originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, although she has resided in Southern California throughout her musical career. She gained fame for her descriptive songwriting talent, which she has used to immerse the listener of her songs into a vivid feeling of small-town, rural Southern upbringing and life. In 1993, Williams' life took a dramatic turn when she learned that she was suffering from multiple sclerosis.

    David Humm - (born April 2, 1952) is a former professional American football quarterback in the NFL for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, Buffalo Bills, and the Baltimore Colts. He played college football at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Humm, 49, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1988 and lost the use of his legs in 1997, when he called the Raiders to tell them he would have to resign after two seasons as the color commentator on their radio broadcasts because he no longer would be able to travel to games.

    Jacques Raverat - (1885 - 1925) was a French painter. He married the English painter Gwen Darwin, in 1911, the daughter of George Darwin and granddaughter of Charles Darwin. They had two daughters, Sophie (born ca. 1919) who married the Cambridge scholar Mark Pryor, and Elisabeth (born 1916), who married the Norwegian politician Edvard Hambro. He suffered from a form of multiple sclerosis. In 2004, his grandson, William Pryor edited the complete correspondence between Raverat, his wife and Virginia Woolf which was published as Virginia Woolf and the Raverats.

    Joan Didion - (born December 5, 1934) Joan Didion is an American writer. Famous for her journalism, essays, and novels. Didion contributes regularly to The New York Review of Books. In a 1979 New York Times review of Didion's collection The White Album, critic Michiko Kakutani noted, "Novelist and poet James Dickey has called Didion 'the finest woman prose stylist writing in English today. Didion is the author of five novels and eight books of nonfiction. Her early collections of essays, Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968) and The White Album (1979) - a book described in one review as helping to define California as "the paranoia capital of the world" -made her famous as an observer of American politics and culture with a distinctive style of reporting that mixed personal reflection and social analysis. This led her to be associated with members of the New Journalism such as Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson, though Didion's ties to that movement have never been considered particularly strong.

    Carl Laemmle, Jr. - (28 April 1908 - 24 September 1979) Carl was in charge of production at Universal Studios from about 1928 to 1936. He was the son of Carl Laemmle, the founder of Universal Pictures. Laemmle, called "Junior", by his friends and family, developed a reputation for spending too much money at the studios on several films that did not earn back their cost. By the end of 1935, the studio had spent so much and had so many flops that J. Cheever Cowdin proposed to buy out the Laemmles. The great success, financially and critically, of the 1936 screen version of Show Boat, was not enough to correct the downslide, and the two Laemmles, father and son, were both forced out of the company. Neither of them worked on another film again, despite the fact that Carl, Jr. lived another forty-three years.

    John Medica - Born March 18, 1969 in Toronto, ONT, Canada. He has been involved in some well known movies such as 1989 Movie Renegades. Filming Locations: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Logline: An undercover cop and a Native American Indian team up to recover a sacred spear. John started acting at a young age. CBC after school shows My Secret identity 1988, War of the Worlds television show (1988), Super dave (1988). John was diagnosed with MS at age 40.

    Adam Riedy - US Speed Skater

    Alison Peebles - Actress most famous for her Taggart role

    April Arvan - Basketball Coach

    Betty Cuthbert - Olympic Gold Medallist, Sprinting

    Beverly Graham - singer, charity worker

    Bobby Thompson - Banjoist

    Brenda Gildehaus - champion BMX bike rider

    Brian Irvine - Scottish soccer player

    Bruno Tassan Din - Italian publisher

    Bryan Forbes - actor, writer, director (married to Nanette Newman)

    Cathy Weis - Dancer

    Charlie Courtauld - British newspaper columnist (Independent on Sunday)

    Chrystal Gomes - stand up comedienne

    Cindy O'Connor - Poet

    Clay Walker - Country and western singer

    Clifford T.Ward - Singer/songwriter

    Dan Carnevale - American Footballer

    Danny Wallace - Soccer Player

    Danny Wallace - ex Southampton and Manchester United Footballer

    David "Teddy" Thomas - Cricketer

    David Maclean - UK Conservative MP - Chief Whip

    Dean Singleton - Newspaper Magnate

    Deanna Davis - Basketball player and coach

    Deborah Bruening - writer

    Deborah Downey - Cabaret Performer

    Denise Davis - Singer

    Diana Markham - Novelist

    Donal Coghlan - singer/songwriter

    Doug Robinson - Novelist

    Emily Mann - director and playwright

    Eric Simons - mountaineer

    Ernie McAlister - US Politician

    Eve Hayes - actress

    Fausto Rocha - Brazilian TV Actor

    Fiona MacTaggart - British Politician (Labour MP for Slough)

    Frank DuBois - New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture 1989-, champion teamroper

    Fred Hughes - Andy Warhol's financeer and manager

    Frieda Inescort - actress

    Guido Crepax - Italian comic

    Hal Ketchum - Country & Western Singer

    Heinrich Heine - German poet (1797-1856) posthumously diagnosed with MS

    Henry Steele - Basketball Player

    Ivalio Iordanov - Bulgarian International soccer player

    Jackie Bertone - percussionist for Beach Boys

    Jackie Waldman - Author and motivational speaker

    Jacqueline Creed Archer - Civil rights activist

    Jacqueline du Pre - cellist

    James LaRocca - Guitarist with MS

    James Scofield - poet

    Javier Artero - Spanish soccer player

    Jennifer Huget - Washington Post journalist

    Jim Oelschlager - financeer and philanathropist

    Jim Poulin - Basketball Coach

    Jimmy Heuga - Olympic skier

    Joan Sweeney - children's author

    John Mythen - cartoonist and writer

    John Pageler - author

    John Robson - Footballer

    Johnny Killen - 1960s singer

    Joseph Hartzler - Chief prosecutor for the Oklahoma bombing case

    Judy Graham - author

    Judy Grahn - poet

    Karen G. Stone - Author

    Kathryn Lindskoog - author

    Keith Snyder - composer, performer, and author

    Kelly Sutton - racing driver

    Ken Novak - Basketball coach

    Kevin Stevenson - Singer/Guitarist

    Khiawatha Downey - American Footballer

    Larry Tucker - Film and TV writer and producer (incl. The Monkees, Alice B. Toklas and Bob & Carol)

    Laura Mitchell - Public policy analyst, consultant and writer

    Lena Horne - Actress and singer

    Lisa Peck - Mountain bike rider (5th in 2000 Masters World Mountain Bike Championships)

    Lola Folana - singer

    Louise Arters - Actress (one of the Sparkle Twins)

    Luca Coscione - Italian Politician

    Lucien Herve - Architectural Photographer

    Lydwina of Schieden - Dutch patron Saint of Ice Skaters (1400AD) The earliest written record of someone with MS

    Madeline Rhue - Actress

    Maggie Weder - Golfer

    Marianne Gingrich - ex-wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

    Martin Bruch - Photographer

    Mary Mullarkey - Colorado State Supreme Court Chief Justice

    Maureen Manley - Olympic Cyclist

    Maxine Mesinger - Newspaper gossip columnist, Houston Chronicle

    Melanie Lawson - Anchorwoman, Ch.13 Houston

    Michael Blake - Hollywood screenwriter, "Dances with Wolves"

    Michael Frimkess - Potter

    Michael R. Duval - Investment Banker and White House Lawyer Under Nixon and Ford

    Michel Dupuis - Canadian football player (linebacker for Ottawa, Winnipeg & Toronto)

    Miquel Martm i Pol - Catalan poet

    Mitch Terpstra - Athlete and Althetics Coach

    Nancy Mairs - novelist

    Natalie Mandzhavidze - NASA Physicist

    Neil Cavuto - lead anchor on Fox News Channel

    Nicky Broyd - BBC Radio Journalist

    Nicola Griffith - Author

    Norah Vincent - Journalist

    Paul Novoselick - Chronicle staff writer and columnist

    Paul Willey - Virtual Golf Champion

    Paul Wolfskehl - 19th century German industrialist and amateur mathematician

    Rachelle Breslow - author

    Rich Warden - Racecar Driver

    Richard Berghammer - Wildlife Painter

    Richard Cohen - journalist (married to actress Meridith Viera)

    Richard Radtke - Scientist and Winner Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering

    Robert "Wingnut" Weaver - Actor

    Robin Gurr - poet

    Roger MacDougall - British playwright

    Roland 'Chubby' Cloutier - TV Entertainer

    Roman Gabriel - American football player (Los Angeles Rams 1962-72)

    Ronald Rogers - Concert Pianist

    Ronnie Lane - musician with The Faces (Rod Stewart's old band)

    Sarah P. Gibbs - Biologist - Winner of 2003 Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal

    Sean Coman - (Sean Donahue) - Californian disk jockey

    Sharon Summerall - model (married to Don Henley (singer with The Eagles)

    Sir Augustus Frederic D'Este - (1794-1848) - grandson of King George III of England, 1st documented case of MS

    Stan Belinda - baseball player

    Stanley Elkin - writer

    Stanley Knowles - Canadian Politician (1942-1984)

    Stephanie Stephens - golfer

    Stephen White - Author

    Stewart Henry - UK disc-jockey

    Susan Kisslinger - Author

    Tamia - R&B singer (Grammy Nominee)

    Teri Garr - Actress (Young Frankenstein, Tootsie, Close Encounters and others)

    Valerie Jankowski Skrabut - artist and musician.

    Victor Willing - Artist

    Vince Smith - Country singer Vince Smith had a hit record with a song called "My Annette" after his friend and idol Annette Funicello. Vince now has MS.

    Wally Wakefield - Ski jumper and sports columnist

    Wayne Dobson - magician

    Wendy Carol Roth - Television producer, writer and Advocate for the Disabled

    Wendy Lill - Canadian Politician

    William Newman - artist

    Yury Tynianov - Russian Novelist and literary critic.

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    Re: If you aint blind, dont assume you know what it is like to be blind.

    I don't know where this conversation is continuing from but let me just say that maybe the seeing should consider how much they have used their sight to their advantage.

    I don't think a Muslim who knows the hadeeth about the blessing that one will receive for being patient with his blindness with paradise is really going to complain. Some of the blind Muslim scholars have set a benchmark and have proved to be far more capable then the seeing (in some aspects) are scholars such as sh Ibn Baaz and the great scholar Ibn Katheer.

    Ladies, gentleman. Breath in, breath out.

    Use you're eyes and be thankful to Allah for the blessing that you have, and look at this picture and imagine being in a place far, faaarr away.

    relax 1 - If you aint blind, dont assume you know what it is like to be blind.

    Doesn't that feel better now?

    It does? Good .

    Then without further ado:

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    If you aint blind, dont assume you know what it is like to be blind.

    And verily for everything that a slave loses there is a substitute, but the one who loses Allah will never find anything to replace Him.”
    [Related by Ibn al-Qayyim in ad-Dâ' wad-Dawâ Fasl 49]

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