Sadaya Paige, an 11-year-old visually impaired girl from San Francisco, raises awareness about her disability septo-optic dysplasia


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

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

She has a large following on Instagram and shares with her followers her challenges, triumphs and the realities of being blind.

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She sings “I like to sing and play the piano” in what she calls her “blindness song”.

“I was born with septo-optic dysplasia, which for me makes me completely blind,” she sings in the song.

She goes on to sing that she likes to do things normal kids do despite her disability.

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“The optic nerve that goes from her eye to her brain is underdeveloped and that went undetected during my pregnancy,” her mother Dora J said. “I was holding Sadaya in my arms, and I noticed that his eyes were moving uncontrollably.”

“Even if you have septo-optic dysplasia, I think it’s a blessing because not everyone has the same type of diagnosis as me,” Sadaya Paige said. “But I still think people with this diagnosis would have an amazing journey like me.”

She got a device called OrCamMyEye that helps her identify products and people. He can even read books to her.

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Her mother said the company gave her the device. She said social media has allowed them to gain support and connect with other visually impaired children and families.

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