Blind, deaf man to lead expeditionTrip will take 20 children through Amazon
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Bill Barkeley spoke Monday downtown Grand Rapids in honor of the fifth anniversary of the Hearing Loss Association of America.
Barkeley has Usher's syndrome, which has caused him to progressively go blind and deaf starting at age 28.
But he doesn't let anything slow him down. In 2007, Barkeley conquered Mount Kilimanjaro, documenting his entire journey. Now, he is spreading his motivational message.
Barkeley will lead an expedition called Hear the World next year, taking 20 hearing-impaired children to the Amazon.
Hey I am all for people with disabilities accomplishing great feats in life. I think it puts an explanation point on how bad my life sucks. But the blind leading the blind in the Amazon Jungle is not something that I would want to be a part of.
What are the parents of these children thinking? Why would they ever let their blind kids go on a jungle safari with a blind and deaf person leading them. This has the recipe for a epic fail.
Here are my odds on what I think will happen.
- 2/5 someone catches a disease (malaria/yellow fever)
- 2/1 someone gets bite by a snake
- 100000/1 someone gets whacked in the face with a branch that someone thinks that they are holding for them
- 10/1 someone falls off or down a cliff
- 13/1 group gets attacked by indigenous people
- 4/1 group gets attacked by monkeys
- 2/1 someone gets lost