11-year-old visually-impaired San Francisco girl Sadaya Paige raising awareness about her disability septo-optic dysplasia


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — During Blindness Awareness Month, a visually impaired San Francisco girl is raising awareness about her disability.

Sadaya Paige, 11, of San Francisco says it’s a celebration for people like her.

It has a large Instagram following his followers and sharing his challenges, triumphs and the realities of being blind.

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“I like to sing and play the piano,” he sings, in what he calls a “blindness song.”

“I was born with septooptic dysplasia, which makes me completely blind,” he sings in the song.

He sings that he likes to do things that normal kids do despite their disability.

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“The optic nerve, which goes from the eye to the brain, is underdeveloped, which was not detected during my pregnancy,” said mother Dora J. “I was holding Sadaya in my arms, and I noticed that her eyes were moving uncontrollably.”

“Even though I have septo-optic dysplasia, I think it’s a blessing because not everyone has that diagnosis like I do,” Sadaya Paige said. “But I still think people with this diagnosis would have an amazing journey like I did.”

He got a device called OrCamMyEye that helps him identify products and people. You can also read books to him.

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The mother said the device was given to her by the company. Social media has allowed them to receive support and connect with other visually impaired children and families.

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