When Kirk Adams, the CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind, was delivering a wildly inspirational keynote speech in Phoenix Arizona,

he asked the audience this question.

What does a blind child dream about being when they grow up?

Kirk Adams tells us the story of how he was told he could not be in a chemistry class as a senior in high school and was put in study hall instead…

Today, he is one of the most influential change agents and advocates in the blind community, supporting individuals with blindness and visual impairment find employment opportunities, achieve higher education, and ensure accessibility when there previously hasn’t been any.

What did you dream about being when you were growing up?

Maybe you dreamed of being an engineer? A teacher? A doctor?

Or maybe you dreamed of becoming President of the United States?

We all are aware of how true that statement actually is today…

As it has never been truer…

But what if there was something between you and that goal?

Something between you and your dream?

And that thing… That thing was something you were born into…

That thing was something that happened later in life…

And that thing was nothing you ever asked for.

Kids play together on the playground…

They play tag… They play baseball… They dance and they sing…

And they share with each other what they want to be when they grow up.

One young girl says firefighter.

Another young girl says helicopter pilot.

One young man says ice cream delivery man…

Ok, that was just me…

But what about the children who are mainstreamed in public schools, but aren’t playing on the playground.

What about the kids who are excluded…

Not because they don’t want to play…

But they’re sitting on the bench… On the sideline…

Because they’re blind.

What does a blind child dream of being when they grow up?

Technology today allows me to do so many amazing, mind-blowing things…

That were impossible just a couple short years ago.

And technology today allows me to write this blog post… Shoot this video…

And make this difference.

Despite the blackness, despite the darkness…

I can see the light. I can hold my vision.

And most importantly, I can hold my dreams.

I can do more than just hold them…

I can create them… I can live them…

Even as a blind medical doctor or helicopter pilot…

I just hope it isn’t ignorance, lack of awareness, or antiquated myths about disability…

And specifically on blindness and visual impairments…

That don’t kill those dreams dead in their tracks.

If we as a society can begin to look past the labels…

Past the ignorance… Past the past…

And see the human capital of today…

Understand how technology is taking us further, faster, and to new heights…

Dreams of blind children won’t be killed dead in their tracks…

But in fact, we can elevate all human capital to reach out, reach up…

And grab a hold of what’s truly possible for them…

And for us.

Tanner Gers is one of the best Motivational Keynote Speakers in the nation and motivation game!

As one of the top keynote speakers in the profession, Tanner works for corporations, associations, and universities to teach his method for success, inspire leaders, and maximize human capital. The result is Tanner taking people from where they are to their next level of possible…

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Tanner Gers lost his vision in an auto accident at age 21. From that moment, Tanner took action and control over his own life. Now he’s doing what he loves best as one of the top motivational speakers, motivating and inspiring audiences to greatness, achieve more success, and maximizing human capital!

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