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Visionary A 1 . Read the following quotation and explain what the writer means in your own words . There’s none so blind as they that won’t see . Jonathan Swift ( 1667-1745 ) , Irish satirist 2 . Do you agree with the writer ? Discuss your views with a partner . B You are going to read a narrative by Jason Leib , a young man who was born legally blind . Look at the new words . Which of them relate to disabilities ? to appreciate award capabilities condition essay to excel to focus to graduate licenses to limit to participate representative to be scarred sight sportsmanship to struggle superior syndrome vision C Read the narrative and find out how Jason Leib overcame his disability . Visionary by Jason Leib When I was fifteen , I stood in front of my English class and read an essay I had written . I talked about how excited all my friends were to be taking driver’s education and getting driver’s licenses . I was jealous . I knew that I’d always be walking everywhere I went or else be dependent on others to drive me . I am legally blind . I have a condition that is called “ dry-eye syndrome” . I do have some sight , but I never know when I wake up in the morning exactly how much vision I will have that day . The reason for this is that my eyes do not produce enough tears to wet my corneas . As a result , my corneas are scarred . Glasses cannot help me . There are many things I cannot do . I can’t drive , read the blackboard in school or read a book comfortably . But there are far more things that I can do . In high school , I played basketball . My teammates gave me oral signals and I learned to know where the ball was from the sound of their voices . As a result , I learned to focus extremely well . I received the sportsmanship award in my senior year . In addition to basketball , I was a representative to the student council . I also participated in a Model United Nations program and traveled to Washington , DC with my class to see our government in action . After I graduated from high school , I studied in Israel for two years and then at Yeshiva University . 1 cornea the part of the eye that lets in light 2 oral signals spoken signals

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