Blind adventurer describes putting back the pieces after losing his eyesight

In an accessible world, a blind man can do anything that a sighted person is able to, says Christopher Venter.

Venter is a blind adventurer, writer, explorer, motivational speaker and storyteller.

He's written an inspiring book about his safari on his scooter from South Africa to Ireland to raise awareness for paediatric care.

Also read: Blind motivational speaker shares how life changed after losing her eyesight

The book, titled How I Became the Blind Scooter Guy, tells the story of his transcontinental adventure and how he later lost his eyesight after catching a virus during the trip.

Venter opened up about his struggle and journey to regain his strength and determination after losing his sight in 2014.

I've always been a little bit of a crazy guy.

Christopher Venter, blind adventurer and writer

The journey was tough... I didn't want to give up. I didn't want to fail.

Christopher Venter, blind adventurer and writer

I had to find a way to turn the obstacles into stepping stones.

Christopher Venter, blind adventurer and writer

I never for a moment thought that it would end up costing me my sight. It was an unknown.

Christopher Venter, blind adventurer and writer

I thought that my dreams of becoming a travel writer and adventurer were over.

Christopher Venter, blind adventurer and writer

It's been a little over for years for me. For the first year, I was broken. I was being pushed around in a wheelchair unable to shower myself.

Christopher Venter, blind adventurer and writer

For the second year I was frustrated; the third year angry, and for the fourth year I published my book. I put the pieces back together and I decide that I will not let this beat me.

Christopher Venter, blind adventurer and writer

In an accessible world, a blind man can do anything that a sighted person is able to.

Christopher Venter, blind adventurer and writer

Listen to the inspiring conversation on The Pippa Hudson Show:

Gerhard Erasmus is also sight impaired and works for Edit Microsystems, as an eBraille Project Manager.

Erasmus explains to Pippa Hudson how technology is assisting visually impaired people.

Listen to the discussion on assistive technology:

Thumbnail image: BlindScooterGuy on Twitter.


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