This Blind and Deaf Drummer Refuses to Accept Limitations


Vaughn Brown is deaf and blind. He’s also a percussionist and music educator.

Brown, 27, lost his hearing when he was less than a year old to a life-threatening illness, according to The Columbian. Then, at age 4, he began losing his eyesight due to a genetic condition. Despite all the physical challenges he’s faced, he continues to pursue his passion for music. In May he graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and is currently teaching private music lessons in Vancouver, Washington.

Disability is something every single individual on this planet has,” Brown says in the video below. “When it comes to physical as well as mental limitations, it’s something that society has taught — that you are limited. I would first ask yourself, ‘is this physical challenge really holding me back? Or is it the attitude that this physical challenge is holding me back?’ Which one is it?”

See more of Vaughn Brown’s inspiring story in the video below:

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