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Best Disability Advocate 

Belo Miguel Cipriani

Belo Cipriani was a fully sighted and successful gay man, working in the corporate world, when he was viciously assaulted in 2007. He was kicked directly in the eyes and left totally blind. Now 34 years old, Cipriani has reinvented himself. Blind: A Memoir, an award winning 2011 book, recounts the loss of his sight and his subsequent rehabilitation. The book serves to inspire other disabled people to fight back and to bounce back. The official spokesperson for Guide Dogs For the Blind, Cipriani writes a syndicated column called Seeing in the Dark. He offers weekly career advice on KKSF radio, and has appeared in informational videos produced for Guide Dogs and for The Exploratorium. He has also lectured at universities around the country. Belo Cipriani has not only shared his talents, he has shown untold numbers of people that life with a disability can be full, rich and rewarding.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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