Every Friday, we focus on people who are thriving with visual impairments. Here are three people who don't let vision loss stop their athletic pursuits.
Every month we celebrate people connected with vision loss. We have two special people today.
The first person I want to wish Happy Birthday is my dear grandma! She was born on July 26. She was kind enough to give me her perspective on losing vision due to Age Related Macular Degeneration. You can read what she had to say here.
My grandma is a tough act to follow, but I think you'll enjoy hearing about the other person we want to celebrate this month.
Alec Templeton was born on July 4, 1909 (there is some dispute whether it was 1909 or 1910). He was blind from birth, and had perfect pitch. He became a legendary performer in the 1930s through the 1950s. He had a radio show, and would memorize the scripts. He was a jazz musician and I found a few videos on YouTube that you might enjoy.
Happy birthday to both of you! To submit someone for birthday greetings, fill out our form here.
There are many videos about how to play goalball. I've selected a few for you to watch today. There are many more, but I thought these were particularly good.
I hope you've enjoyed learning about the sport of goalball this week!
If you'd like to learn how to play Goalball, you'll need a special ball that beeps. Here are a few that we found:
While you look at the the websites, take a look at all the other equipment they have for people with vision impairments. There is a large selection to choose from!
Goalball is a game specifically designed for blind athletes. It is played by teams of three players. Sighted athletes can play, but they wear eye-shades and patches to block their vision. The ball has bells in it, so the players rely on their hearing and sense of touch to play the game.
Here are some resources to learn more:
I'm the owner of Family First Braille, the author of this blog, and the editor of Family First Braille Magazine.