The boy who sees without eyes!

I like when his dad says, “If he can ride a bike, let him ride a bike.”

I also like how the doctor and his Mom says that “there is nothing impossible for him.” She has not enabled him nor allowed “the loss of his eyes to overshadow their lives.”

He walks and travels by using sound. Wow! What an amazing person. So much of the attitude of people like he or John Foppe comes from parents. Pity makes victims, expectation of success makes victors.

I applaud him and his mother and know that many times these stories don't have positive stories like this. And yet, it is worth celebrating him!

She says,

“I didn't ever want him to let him see me feel sorry for him, because I didn't want him to feel sorry for himself.”

With me and my own children who have learning disabilities. I will remember this woman. She has become a heroine of mine!

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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4 comments

Charlie A. Roy June 2, 2008 - 8:24 pm

This is awesome.

Amy Strecker June 2, 2008 - 7:30 pm

I have seen a bit of his story before (on Oprah, I think) but it’s still inspiring! What an obviously bright young man and a great role model for learning a new way of doing things. Connecting to edu content — I think of the teachers that I’ve heard who say the “can’t” do technology. If Ben can learn how to see with his ears — all educators can learn how to incorporate technology into the classroom!

Karyn Romeis June 3, 2008 - 9:45 am

An inspiring story!

It was on telly here in the UK as part of a series about extraordinary people, but I didn’t get to watch it at the time. Glad to have been given another shot at it!

As Amy says, it’s time we moved away from “can’t do” to “can do”

I am inspired to keep trying (in a far lesser way than Ben’s remarkable mother) to give my son the confidence to act on his excellent instincts and insights into people’s characters, even though he lacks confidence in speaking to people. He will often share his insights after an encounter and I think, “Wow!” But at the time he will either seem sullen and withdrawn, because he is too shy to engage, or he will act the clown to cover up his awkwardness. If he could just learn to act on his insight, I think he could really touch people’s lives.

I am going to show him this video clip tonight!

mrsdurff June 8, 2008 - 4:15 pm

Vicki you have got to read The Brain that Changes Itselfby Norman Doidge! Ben has a mom who never feels sorry or makes allowances. How lucky he is! I battle that all the time and find it very difficult to allow others to be sorry or to make allowances for me. I attended a retirement party for a colleague at my former school. Those are wonderful people who express pity to me and do not believe what I do for a living. I recognise that pity and pray Ben never feels it from those he knows, for he surely does from those who don’t know…..I pray I never have to lose my eyes!

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