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Messi was one of five Barca stars taking on
the Spanish National 5-a-side blind football team ahead of the Paralympic Games
in Rio. We all know Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic are among
the best footballers on the planet - but how good are they when they're
blindfolded? That was the challenge when they Barcelona stars took on the
Spanish National 5-a-side blind football team ahead of the Paralympic Games in
Rio. And, as you can see, the normal balance and awareness which makes the
Barca players the best in the world completely evaporates when they lose their
ability to see.
Read the full story here:
Aurora’s Jenna Pezzack is making her mark as a young entrepreneur. While her
peers are preoccupied with social media and the happenings within the walls of
Aurora High School, 16-year-old Pezzack has co-founded a business and has
received an international patent on a product, all before hitting Grade 11. She
has spoken about her experience as a young entrepreneur at a number of events,
the most recent as a panel member for Ryerson University’s Generation Z
Entrepreneurs DMZ session. “We get a lot of reaction from adults not believing
that we have done all of this at such a young age,” she said. “Our friends and
family are surprised that we have come so far.” The Aurora teen is one of 10
founders of the business Classy Cyborgs. The group’s invention, Treasure Box
Braille, an app that teaches visually impaired children how to read braille,
has already caught the attention of the Perkins School for the Blind in the
United States and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.
Read the full story here: http://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/6842492-aurora-teen-making-her-mark-as-an-entrepreneur/
From the day Christian Guardino was born,
his mother, Elizabeth, knew that something was wrong with his eyes. They would
jiggle and jerk and roll up into his head. One eye turned inward. When she fed
him, instead of gazing up at her, Christian would stare at the brightest light
around—a lamp if they were indoors, the sun if they were out. It was
unsettling. The first eye doctor who saw Christian grimly referred the family
to a specialist at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital. The specialist performed an
electroretinogram (ERG), a procedure in which a tiny electronic sensor placed
on the eye measures the retina’s response to bursts of light. A healthy retina
will respond by firing an electrical signal down the optic nerve that produces,
on the ERG machine’s printout, a deep valley followed by a tall peak.
Christian’s ERG produced no such thing: only squiggles, ill-formed and weak.
Christian, the doctor told Elizabeth, had a retinal disease called Leber
congenital amaurosis (LCA). His vision, already bad, would never significantly
improve. Nothing could be done. The boy would see little of the world and would
always walk, once he learned how, with a cane. Christian did need a cane, and
his mother’s guiding hand, when in 2012, at age 12, he first visited a clinic
run by the University of Pennsylvania’s Scheie Eye Institute. Yet this January
he walked through the institute’s main building cane free and seemingly fearless.
Joking and chatting, the teen led a klatch of Ph.D.’s, M.D.’s, lab techs, and
me through the airy lobby. He marveled at the towering atrium, the shiny
balconies where people sat having coffee.
Read the full story here: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/09/blindness-treatment-medical-science-cures/
Ollie Cantos was a workaholic lawyer—the
highest-ranking blind person in the federal government. Then along came Steven,
Leo, and Nick: blind triplets who needed a dad. What happened next changed
their lives. On May 22, 2010, Leo, Nick, and Steven had pancakes for breakfast.
The date is as easy for the triplets to remember as their birthday. Because on
that particular Saturday, a visitor was coming, a man named Ollie Cantos.
Read the full story here: https://www.washingtonian.com/2016/09/07/meet-amazing-blind-man-raising-blind-triplets-2/
When Victoria Nolan was a kid, she thought
her eyesight was fine until one day, when she was performing in a play, she realized
her classmates could comfortably find their way through a dark gymnasium while
she had to hold onto another student’s shoulder to guide her. At age 18, she
was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that caused
the rods and cones in her retinas to deteriorate. Loss of night vision — in her case, the ability to see in
dark rooms — is
one of the first signs of the disease. She got a cane and connected with the
Canadian National Institute for the Blind for support. It was tough, she says,
but manageable. Years later, she and her husband had children — first a son, Tarabh, then a
daughter, Ceili — and the
pregnancies accelerated the disease. Her sight diminished from 10 percent to 3
percent. “I couldn’t take my kids to the park or to play groups,” she says.
“Even in the house, I was agitated because I couldn’t keep them both in my
sight.” Frustrated, depressed and looking for a way to prove herself,
especially for her kids’ sake, she took up rowing.
Read the full story here: http://www.chatelaine.com/living/ms-chatelain-paralympian-victoria-nolan/