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Blind Couple Shares Inspiring Outlook

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A Charlottesville couple is teaching friends and family that their disabilities are no match for their abilities.

On Friday, NBC29's Kristin Twiford sat down with Woody and Carolyn Berry to talk about their lifelong love story, their successful careers, and the ways they've shared their perspective with their children.

"The good Lord gave me a gift that I can sit down and listen to a song, after listening to it two or three times I'm able to play it," said Woody Berry.

Woody Berry has been playing bluegrass for 58 years.

"I started playing back when I was - right after I lost my sight," said Woody.

Woody lost his sight in a car accident when he was twelve, but he didn't let that slow him down.

"I really don't think about it all that much you know?  Seems like everything comes natural to me," said Woody.

In third grade, Woody met Carolyn - now his wife of 42 years - at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind.

"He likes to tell people we met on a blind date," said Carolyn.  

Woody worked in the X-ray department at the University of Virginia for 37 years.     

Now he works behind the scenes at the university's Observatory Hill dining hall, where he amazes coworkers by loading dishes at a record 16 plates a minute.

Carolyn works at the independence resource center, where she serves as a role model for people who have recently become disabled.

"They come in and they're depressed and most of the time we can make them laugh before they leave and that makes me feel good because that way I can say that I have impressed somebody," said Carolyn.

But the people Woody and Carolyn impress the most are their two children. Woody and Carolyn have shared their perspective and taught them to take advantage of the things that bring them joy - like the chime of a clock, the fun of reading a good book,  or playing  a family board game.

"They've inspired me to see things differently," said the Berrys' son, Scott.

The Berrys will celebrate 43 years of marriage in June.

If you want to catch Woody in action, he's playing his bluegrass Friday night at the Jefferson Park Baptist Church talent show, which runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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