How Google Glass Helped This Blind Dancer Pursue His Big Dream


Thanks to a technological device, the world is a whole lot brighter for one teen.

Ben Yonnatan, 13, from Kalamazoo, Michigan, was diagnosed with retinal dystrophy last year and since then, his field of vision has dramatically narrowed, according to CBS News. Now, his range of sight is comparable to looking through a straw.

Being visually impaired is especially hard on Ben because his passion is dancing. Without the ability to see, the teen feared he would have to give up on his dream of someday being a choreographer.

Luckily, Ben’s mother had the idea to use Google Glass to expand his field of vision. Wearing the device, Ben found that his peripheral vision expanded 70 percent, allowing him to continue dancing.

To watch the world open for this kid the minute he started dancing,” Ben’s dance coach, Kyle Keiser, told CBS, “it’s like freedom emerged.”

Watch the video below to see how Google Glass helped Ben continue doing what he loves:

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