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  • 1885 - William Perkins is a patent for a "Writing-Machine for the Blind." The typewriter-like invention provided "an improved writing-machine for the blind, whereby writing in embossed characters by puncturing sheets of paper may be performed much more expeditiously than can be done with the usual hand-slate and stiletto, and whereby, also, the embossed characters will be formed in the order in which they are read and in accordance with the code of characters usually employed." This device preceded the more durable, easier-to-use Perkins Brailler by over 60 years.[1]


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  • 1987 - Bobby Martin - American High School Football Player. Martin was born without legs due to a condition known as Caudal Regression Syndrome, but nevertheless succeeded in playing varsity football for his high school team while running on his arms. On July 12, 2006, Bobby won the ESPY award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability.[2]


References

  1. Writing Machine for the Blind. U.S. Patent #329,675.
  2. "Bobby Martin Biography." The Official Bobby Martin Website. Accessed on March 9, 2008.