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                           Quote from
                           Stevie Wonder
    Stevie Wonder is an American singer, songwriter,
musician,multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He plays
 the piano,synthesizer, talkbox, harmonica, congas, drums,
     bongos,bass guitar, organ, melodica, and clavinet.
       He is one of the most important figures in 2oth

Stevie Wonder was born on May 13, 1950 in Michigan. He
was not born blind, but became blind soon after his birth.His
mother gave him musical instruments to pass the time and
he began to learn to play the piano at the age of 7. He was
soon playing the harmonica and drums. At the age of 12, he
signed with Motown Records.
        Stevie was placed in an
     incubator immediately after
      birth. He was thought to
      have been given too much
    oxygen, but he was suffering
      from ROP (Retinopathy of
          Prematurity) It is a
      destructive ocular disorder
          affecting the retina,
      characterized by abnormal
       growth of blood vessels.

                The blood vessel growth
                 temporarily halted then
               took off branching out into
                 the Vitreous of the eye.
                When it reached a certain
               point it caused scar tissue
                     to pull at the retina
                  eventually causing the
                       retina to detach.
                The Retina is the inside
                   lining of the eye with
                photosensitive cells that
                         react to light.

One of the devices Stevie used is
the Eureka A4. It had a Braille
keyboard, voice output, in-built
modem, word-processing,
educational and personal
organizer functions, ROM-based
operating system, and an
advanced music composer. The
device has since been improved
by smaller and more powerful
devices for the blind.

Stevie became the first customer of the
Kurzweil Reading Machine in 1976. It was a
device designed for the blind that scanned
written materials and read them aloud in a
synthesized voice. Six years later Stevie
challenged the inventor of the product (Ray
Kurzweil) to create an electronic instrument
that blended acoustic sounds and with the
sound modification of electronics. Stevie
became the musical advisor of Kurzweil
Music Systems in 1982. He helped create
the Kurzweil 250, which was the first
computer based instrument that could play
sounds such as pianos, strings, choirs, and
other acoustic instruments with incredible
      “Sometimes, I feel I am
really blessed to be blind because
I probably would not last a minute
  if I were able to see things.”
          -Stevie Wonder

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