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Vision & Hearing Loss

The Boy Who Refused To Disappear

In Sub-Saharan Africa, Peter Ogik is educating communities about people with albinism.

The Dyslexic Ophthalmologist Who Paints Alien Worlds

Stephanie Skolik's severe dyslexia couldn't stop her from a life of helping the visually impaired... or a second-life as a remarkable artist.

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The MasterChef Who Cooks With Four Senses, Not Five

Despite her severely impaired vision, Christine Ha's obsession with food has taken her to the highest culinary heights.

In Tandem, The Sighted Bicycling The Blind

In Mexico City, a group of tandem bicyclists gathers every Sunday to give blind and visually-impaired people a tour of the town.

The Limits People Place On Us When We’re Disabled

Growing up partially blind in India, I know my visual impairment isn't the problem. It's other people's attitudes towards disability.

How Motherhood Forced One Woman To Confront Her Hearing Loss

Sahel Chen managed to cover her measles-induced hearing loss for most of her life. But when she couldn't hear her baby crying, she knew she had to confront her disability head on.

The Treasure Hunters: Geocaching When You’re Disabled

Technology and a dose of true grit are helping these modern-day explorers take part in the global treasure hunt called geocaching.

Bird Box When You’re Blind

A better #birdboxchallenge would help sighted people understand the realities of visual impairment better.
A disabled man giving a thumbs up sign underwater in scuba gear, alongside his diving instructor.

The Big-Hearted Org That Brings Scuba Diving To Everyone

Disability doesn't exist underwater. Founded by Jim Elliott, Diveheart is an Illinois-based organization that wants to make sure everyone can experience what that's like.
A blind woman with occult macular generation standing before Denali.

Regaining Sight Of Her Happiness After Blindness

Losing her vision from occult macular degeneration could easily have placed Ashley J. Smith in a downward spiral. Instead, she chose joy.

This Deaf Medical Student Is Using Microsoft’s HoloLens To Fix A Huge Healthcare Problem

Not enough doctors know American Sign Language to treat deaf patients. That's a problem Ian DeAndrea-Lazarus, who is deaf himself, thinks augmented reality can help solve.