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The Clean Cut: Blind, autistic teen inspires with his voice

Posted September 19

Christopher Duffley, who is blind and autistic, shares his story through music. (Deseret Photo)

Christopher Duffley, a native of Manchester, N.H., is blind and autistic. However, in an interview with ABC News the 15-year-old said, “Yeah I have blindness and autism but it doesn’t stop me.”

Christopher, who was adopted by his aunt and uncle, uses music as a way to express himself, to communicate and to “bring joy to people.” His musical interest started when he was a baby, and soon his parents discovered that Christopher is blessed with perfect pitch. He emerged on the music scene when a video of him singing, “Open the Eyes of My Heart” was posted on YouTube in 2011.

“Singing is a gift I share,” he said to ABC News. “Because I’m blind, I see people with my heart for who they truly are instead of what they look like on the outside.”

Christopher has now released two albums, started a YouTube channel and runs a weekly podcast titled, “Mission Possible.” During the podcast, Christopher interviews a variety of people about their missions in life. He also engineers and edits each episode. “Everyone has a mission in life or at least a purpose for life,” he said. “That’s what everybody in this country should believe — that’s what everybody needs to believe.”

Learn more about Christopher on his website and YouTube channel.

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