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Precious Perez - Living With Blindness - 28 Mar 2014
Sixteen-year-old Perez has been blind since birth. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a working-class city on the outskirts of Boston. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries, blind or sighted. She walks with a friend to their public high school in the morning, takes voice lessons, plays goalball, and spends her time on social media.

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Precious Perez reads a braille sign to make sure she is at the correct room for Spanish class at a high...
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Precious Perez reads a braille sign to make sure she is at the correct room for Spanish class at a high...
Precious Perez reads a braille sign to make sure she is at the correct room for Spanish class at a high school in Chelsea, Massachusetts January 24, 2014. Sixteen-year-old Perez has been blind since birth. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a working-class city on the outskirts of Boston. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries, blind or sighted. She walks with a friend to their public high school in the morning, takes voice lessons, plays goalball, and spends her time on social media. Picture taken January 24, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION)

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Precious Perez listens during a class on United States history at a high school in Chelsea, Massachusetts...
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Precious Perez listens during a class on United States history at a high school in Chelsea, Massachusetts...
Precious Perez listens during a class on United States history at a high school in Chelsea, Massachusetts January 24, 2014. Sixteen-year-old Perez has been blind since birth. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a working-class city on the outskirts of Boston. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries, blind or sighted. She walks with a friend to their public high school in the morning, takes voice lessons, plays goalball, and spends her time on social media. Picture taken January 24, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION)

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Precious Perez uses a braille note-taker during a Spanish class at a high school in Chelsea, Massachusetts...
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Precious Perez uses a braille note-taker during a Spanish class at a high school in Chelsea, Massachusetts...
Precious Perez uses a braille note-taker during a Spanish class at a high school in Chelsea, Massachusetts January 24, 2014. Sixteen-year-old Perez has been blind since birth. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a working-class city on the outskirts of Boston. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries, blind or sighted. She walks with a friend to their public high school in the morning, takes voice lessons, plays goalball, and spends her time on social media. Picture taken January 24, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Precious Perez, Samantha Riche (C) and Evelyn Martinez (R) work on a lab project during their chemistry...
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Precious Perez, Samantha Riche and Evelyn Martinez work on a lab project during their chemistry class...
Precious Perez, Samantha Riche (C) and Evelyn Martinez (R) work on a lab project during their chemistry class at a high school in Chelsea, Massachusetts January 24, 2014. Sixteen-year-old Perez has been blind since birth. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a working-class city on the outskirts of Boston. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries, blind or sighted. She walks with a friend to their public high school in the morning, takes voice lessons, plays goalball, and spends her time on social media. Picture taken January 24, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION)

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A braille chart sits on a whiteboard in Precious Perez's chemistry class at a high school in Chelsea,...
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A braille chart sits on a whiteboard in Precious Perez's chemistry class at a high school in Chelsea,...
A braille chart sits on a whiteboard in Precious Perez's chemistry class at a high school in Chelsea, Massachusetts January 24, 2014. Sixteen-year-old Perez has been blind since birth. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a working-class city on the outskirts of Boston. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries, blind or sighted. She walks with a friend to their public high school in the morning, takes voice lessons, plays goalball, and spends her time on social media. Picture taken January 24, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION)

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Precious Perez and her friends walk back to class after lunch at a high school in Chelsea, Massachusetts...
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Precious Perez and her friends walk back to class after lunch at a high school in Chelsea, Massachusetts...
Precious Perez and her friends walk back to class after lunch at a high school in Chelsea, Massachusetts January 24, 2014. Sixteen-year-old Perez has been blind since birth. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a working-class city on the outskirts of Boston. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries, blind or sighted. She walks with a friend to their public high school in the morning, takes voice lessons, plays goalball, and spends her time on social media. Picture taken January 24, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION)

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Precious Perez uses her hands to feel the wire marking the out of bounds line during a goalball team...
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Precious Perez uses her hands to feel the wire marking the out of bounds line during a goalball team...
Precious Perez uses her hands to feel the wire marking the out of bounds line during a goalball team practice in Malden, Massachusetts January 27, 2014. Sixteen-year-old Perez has been blind since birth. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a working-class city on the outskirts of Boston. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries, blind or sighted. She walks with a friend to their public high school in the morning, takes voice lessons, plays goalball, and spends her time on social media. Picture taken January 27, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION SPORT)

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Precious Perez and her teammates do conditioning exercises at a goalball practice in Malden, Massachusetts...
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Precious Perez and her team-mates do conditioning exercises at a goalball practice in Malden, Massachusetts...
Precious Perez and her teammates do conditioning exercises at a goalball practice in Malden, Massachusetts January 27, 2014. Sixteen-year-old Perez has been blind since birth. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a working-class city on the outskirts of Boston. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries, blind or sighted. She walks with a friend to their public high school in the morning, takes voice lessons, plays goalball, and spends her time on social media. Picture taken January 27, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION)

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Precious Perez (R) and her team-mate Zhenya Pankova reach out to stop the ball during a goalball team...
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Precious Perez and her team-mate Zhenya Pankova reach out to stop the ball during a goalball team practice...
Precious Perez (R) and her team-mate Zhenya Pankova reach out to stop the ball during a goalball team practice in Malden, Massachusetts January 27, 2014. Sixteen-year-old Perez has been blind since birth. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a working-class city on the outskirts of Boston. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries, blind or sighted. She walks with a friend to their public high school in the morning, takes voice lessons, plays goalball, and spends her time on social media. Picture taken January 27, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION)

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Precious Perez hugs a horse from Cavalia's Odysseo show during a blind touch tour arranged by the show...
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Precious Perez hugs a horse from Cavalia's Odysseo show during a blind touch tour arranged by the show...
Precious Perez hugs a horse from Cavalia's Odysseo show during a blind touch tour arranged by the show with the Carroll Center for the Blind in Somerville, Massachusetts September 11, 2013. Perez has been blind since birth. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a working-class city on the outskirts of Boston. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries, blind or sighted. She walks with a friend to their public high school in the morning, takes voice lessons, plays goalball, and spends her time on social media. Picture taken September 11, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS EDUCATION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Precious Perez walks through the hallways to class at a high school in Chelsea, Massachusetts January...
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Precious Perez walks through the hallways to class at a high school in Chelsea, Massachusetts
Precious Perez walks through the hallways to class at a high school in Chelsea, Massachusetts January 24, 2014. Sixteen-year-old Perez has been blind since birth. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a working-class city on the outskirts of Boston. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries, blind or sighted. She walks with a friend to their public high school in the morning, takes voice lessons, plays goalball, and spends her time on social media. Picture taken January 24, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION)

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Precious Perez walks to her high school with her friend Amanda Rosario (R) in Chelsea, Massachusetts...
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Precious Perez walks to her high school with her friend Amanda Rosario in Chelsea, Massachusetts
Precious Perez walks to her high school with her friend Amanda Rosario (R) in Chelsea, Massachusetts January 24, 2014. Sixteen-year-old Perez has been blind since birth. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a working-class city on the outskirts of Boston. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries, blind or sighted. She walks with a friend to their public high school in the morning, takes voice lessons, plays goalball, and spends her time on social media. Picture taken January 24, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Precious Perez holds her brother J.J. (R) while talking to her mother Jennifer (L) at their home in Chelsea,...
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Precious Perez holds her brother while talking to her mother at their home in Chelsea, Massachusetts
Precious Perez holds her brother J.J. (R) while talking to her mother Jennifer (L) at their home in Chelsea, Massachusetts January 28, 2014. Sixteen-year-old Perez has been blind since birth. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a working-class city on the outskirts of Boston. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries, blind or sighted. She walks with a friend to their public high school in the morning, takes voice lessons, plays goalball, and spends her time on social media. Picture taken January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION)

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Precious Perez sits in her bedroom in Chelsea, Massachusetts January 28, 2014. Sixteen-year-old Perez...
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Precious Perez sits in her bedroom in Chelsea, Massachusetts
Precious Perez sits in her bedroom in Chelsea, Massachusetts January 28, 2014. Sixteen-year-old Perez has been blind since birth. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a working-class city on the outskirts of Boston. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries, blind or sighted. She walks with a friend to their public high school in the morning, takes voice lessons, plays goalball, and spends her time on social media. Picture taken January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION)

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Precious Perez poses for a picture as she shows a photograph of herself with her boyfriend, in Chelsea,...
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Precious Perez poses for a picture as she shows a photograph of herself with her boyfriend, in Chelsea,...
Precious Perez poses for a picture as she shows a photograph of herself with her boyfriend, in Chelsea, Massachusetts January 28, 2014. Sixteen-year-old Perez has been blind since birth. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a working-class city on the outskirts of Boston. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries, blind or sighted. She walks with a friend to their public high school in the morning, takes voice lessons, plays goalball, and spends her time on social media. Picture taken January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION)

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Precious Perez, a soprano, gets into a public transportation system called "The Ride" after performing...
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Precious Perez, a soprano, gets into a public transportation system called "The Ride" in Boston, Massachusetts...
Precious Perez, a soprano, gets into a public transportation system called "The Ride" after performing in the Handel and Haydn Society Vocal Apprenticeship Program's high school soloists winter recital at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts January 8, 2014. Sixteen-year-old Perez has been blind since birth. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a working-class city on the outskirts of Boston. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries, blind or sighted. She walks with a friend to their public high school in the morning, takes voice lessons, plays goalball, and spends her time on social media. Picture taken January 8, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION TRANSPORT)


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Precious Perez, a soprano, performs during the Handel and Haydn Society Vocal Apprenticeship Program's high school soloists winter recital at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts January 8, 2014. Sixteen-year-old Perez has been blind since birth. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a working-class city on the outskirts of Boston. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries, blind or sighted. She walks with a friend to their public high school in the morning, takes voice lessons, plays goalball, and spends her time on social media. Picture taken January 8, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION)

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Precious Perez, a soprano, sings during a voice class with Jennifer Sgroe (R) in the Handel and Haydn...
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Precious Perez, a soprano, sings during a voice class with Jennifer Sgroe in the Handel and Haydn Society's...
Precious Perez, a soprano, sings during a voice class with Jennifer Sgroe (R) in the Handel and Haydn Society's Vocal Apprenticeship Program in Boston, Massachusetts January 8, 2014. Sixteen-year-old Perez has been blind since birth. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a working-class city on the outskirts of Boston. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries, blind or sighted. She walks with a friend to their public high school in the morning, takes voice lessons, plays goalball, and spends her time on social media. Picture taken January 8, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION)

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Precious Perez, a soprano, practices during a voice class in the Handel and Haydn Society's Vocal Apprenticeship...
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Precious Perez, a soprano, practices during a voice class in the Handel and Haydn Society's Vocal Apprenticeship...
Precious Perez, a soprano, practices during a voice class in the Handel and Haydn Society's Vocal Apprenticeship Program in Boston, Massachusetts January 8, 2014. Sixteen-year-old Perez has been blind since birth. She lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a working-class city on the outskirts of Boston. Her life is both like and unlike that of many of her contemporaries, blind or sighted. She walks with a friend to their public high school in the morning, takes voice lessons, plays goalball, and spends her time on social media. Picture taken January 8, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION)

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Precious Perez, a soprano, performs during the Handel and Haydn Society Vocal Apprenticeship Program's...
Precious Perez, a soprano, performs during the Handel and Haydn Society Vocal Apprenticeship Program's high school soloists winter recital at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts January 8, 2014. Sixteen year-old Precious Perez, who has been blind her whole life, attends public high school like any other teenager, plays goalball with other blind and visually impaired children and takes classical voice lessons. Picture taken January 8, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY EDUCATION)

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