Ben Underwood – He Defied the Odds Just To Be a Normal Teenager!


Overall, Ben Underwood was your ordinary teenage boy – he liked to ride his bike, play video games, and hang out with his friends. But in one major way, Ben was anything but ordinary…..

At a very young age, Ben lost both of his eyes to cancer. However, Ben decided that he wasn’t going to let his visual impairment stop him. Instead, he learned a technique called echolocation that helped him be able to “see”, even without any eyes!

This video tells Ben’s incredible  story.

Additional Resources:

  • To learn more about Ben and his incredible life, visit his website!
  • Here is an article that tells more about Ben and his amazing echolocation!

Topics for Discussion:

  • What did Ben use to help him “see”?
  • Of the things Ben was able to do, what surprised you the most?

Take Action:

  • Try using Ben’s “clicker” method of echolocation for yourself! Can you do some of the things he did?
  • Visit the American Cancer Society website to learn more about Ben’s cancer and other types, and find out how you can help!

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.


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