Freedom Friday: A teen with autism and is blind inspires others with his voice

 In #zerobarriers, Freedom Friday

Music has always been an important part of Christopher Duffley’s life.

“Music to me is for one thing: it brings joy to people. Singing is a gift that I share. Because I’m blind, I see people with my heart for who they truly are instead of what they look like on the outside,” the 15-year-old told ABC News.

Christopher learned how to communicate with others through his love of music.

“It was the music therapy where we realized that he really had talent, that he had perfect pitch, that the harmonies we heard were definitely a gift that he had,” Christine, Christopher’s man, said.

Christopher has since performed for NASCAR, the Boston Red Sox, at national political debates and even during Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia in 2015.

“I like singing because when I’m at an event, I know that it brings joy to people,” Christopher explained.

Christopher hosts a weekly “Mission Possible” podcast as a way to connect with fans and to encourage others living with disabilities to dream big. He even edits and engineers each podcast.

Christopher has the same dreams and aspirations. He’s no different, he just does things differently,” Christine said.

To listen to and watch Christopher sing:  http://abcnews.go.com/US/christopher-duffley-15-blind-autistic-teen-inspiring-voice/story?id=42065557

To watch and listen to him sing “Open the Eyes of My Heart” in 2011 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkgbDu9iDqo

Christopher Duffley in playing a keyboard instrument and singing with his voice coach watching him

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