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2017. April 23.
The blind cheerleader

"We’re doing something that nobody else has ever done before." Steph is an international cheerleader. She's also blind. (Via BBC Stories)
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1 year ago

Blind in one eye and I can't even judge the depth of a new staircase, or step off a pavement with confidence in knowing how far I'll drop... and this young lady cartwheels like a pro!? 😍😍😍

1 year ago

I was in winter guard in high school. One of my FAVORITE teams to watch was "Ability". A whole group of differently abled kids performing was amazing to watch! They were so good and I loved that their name was Ability! Never met another team with as much passion and enthusiasm as them. Their routines where incredibly creative and show stopping. They were perfectly ABLE to compete in our category and they proved it to everyone ❤

1 year ago

Cool story...I'm just confused as to why she switches back and forth between a British Accent and an American accent...

1 year ago

Can't believe people are commenting that she's not actually blind!! Try going about you lives with the limited vision this girl has before you type!!!😠. Huge respect to her and the rest of the crew. Amazing.

1 year ago

Ahahah her self awareness is fantastic! "I know you're going to make a joke about me putting my own makeup on".

1 year ago

I am not blind, but my vision is very bad without glasses or contacts. I know I can barely see what's in front of me and could not drive or go out on my own because I would recognize nothing and no one. How rude to say that she isn't really blind because it's just one eye and somewhat of the other eye. If you don't have visions problems then you don't know the struggle she faces and you probably don't know what it takes to actually be classified as blind. Unless you're fully blind in both eyes, then keep it moving.

1 year ago

Lost all vision in my right eye and I can tell you that girls blind. We don't navigate like you do because we can't. I can't judge depth or placement so I navigate from memory which is great till someone moves something or I'm put in a place I don't know. I struggle to watch TV on a large screen because my eye can't cope the image on the right side is distorted, it moves and changes and makes me nauseous and gives me migraines. If you can't rely on what your eyes 👀 are telling you, then you are blind. Plus seeing people, able people don't get to tell blind people, deaf people or disabled people they're aren't disabled enough. You don't because you don't know and most of you never take the time to find out Xx

1 year ago

I'm 95% blind in my right eye and this makes me so happy! Makes me feel like I can do anything i set my mind on despite my vision :) keep cheering ! And I do my makeup amazing anyways ;)

1 year ago

I would LOVE to watch a tv show about her and her team - they all probably have a lot of challenges, but seemed so nice and awesome. I vote that we have this instead of another horrible reality game show

1 year ago

So inspirational, shows the rest of us don't let anything stop you doing what your dream is. Life is far too short for that. Self doubt will stop you faster than anything else. Believe! Xxxx

1 year ago

Cheered for 8 years, coached for 3 - including All Star and national level. Cheerleading is not easy and I could never imagine doing any of the routines I did without my glasses or contacts, let alone with such limited vision. This is incredible. Love it! :)

1 year ago

My daughter cheers on an All-Star team in the US. Some of my favorite teams to watch at cheerleading competitions are the disabled teams. I love that the industry both in the US and internationally provides this to those that are disabled. I just love to watch them compete with such heart and determination. Good luck to Paracheer and all the disabled athletes heading to Worlds.

1 year ago

Shin she's blind and can do makeup and cartwheel better than me?? What is this??? xDD ahah but seriously, what a brave and inspirational woman ❤️

1 year ago

Watching this gives me so much hope! my little boy was born with an optic nerve and iris coloboma so watching this young girl fulfil her dreams is absolutely amazing and really makes me feel that my sons vision problems won't limit him in the future. Amazing ❤️

1 year ago

Commendable Steph. God bless you. With all the adversity,you are still smiling and Sure it's tough all the time to keep smiling. Prayers for you and all .I wish with help of Medical science and Technology all disabilities faced in this world are eliminated.

1 year ago

Maya Habash okay this girl went to our middle school and what she's doing is amazing but I swear she she did not have a British accent in middle school haha

9 months ago

I had cataract surgery in 2013 in both eyes at the age of 34. I couldn't see certain things due to light. I know how difficult things can get when so much is dependent on sight. After my surgery, I have difficulty with my peripheral vision as well as seeing shiny things. Watching this team just amazes me how people with certain disabilities are in fact very able to go through these challenges and come out on top!!! Very impressive

1 year ago

I'm blind in my right eye! I wonder what caused hers? I see fairly well I think, though sometimes when I have accidents like falling down the stairs and such I'm reminded that I do have a disability. But honestly iced lived so long I wouldn't know what to do with two eyes lol

1 year ago

I am blind in one eye as well and while I try to act like it's completely normal, it does comes with a world of challenges. I never really get a full picture of anything so I miss out of a lot of key details. People can't possibly understand unless they have it themselves. So I just try to keep this to myself..

8 months ago

Completely off topic BBC News but I’m not a fan of the crop you use for your videos. I think the videos that are made are great and really engaging but they have been reformatted in such a way where you cut out some people completely. I am fine with sticking to original wide and turning my phone to make it bigger. Does this square crop improve viewer time? If not I would love it to go back to the wide. Thank you

1 year ago

Wow.she found her source of joy and fulfilment in her disabled state..she is an inspiration. Thanks for posting this.now I know no matter the challenge, I can still excel only if I believe.

1 year ago

Laura Aoife Leah Eimear Niamh she's doing all them stunts and we can barely dance on time or let Laura down without her hurting herself😂😂😂

1 year ago

This is wonderful. I love that the different-abilities are all integrated. With a little (or a lot) of creativity & caring there is so much a person can do. Beautiful that a team has formed to support the inclusion of all abilities! "I get by with a little help from my friends!"

1 year ago

Absolutely fantastic all of you! So many people go on about what they can't do in life and then there are people like these that strive to achieve...wonderful!

1 year ago

Thanks for sharing💙 Steph love for the sport, her hard dedication and passion to achieving her goals and her team support and acceptance is brilliant and inspirational!

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