Teen with autism and blind becoming viral inspiration

Posted at 5:34 PM, Sep 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-19 17:34:36-04

Christopher Duffley weighed in at 1 lb, 12 oz. when he was born prematurely.

Fifteen years later, the New Hampshire kid is doing more than surviving with his diagnosis, but thriving.  Duffley has autism and is also blind, but that doesn’t stop him from proving to the world he can do anything.  He just has to do it a little differently.

"We are made unique by God,” says Duffley who has 2.1 million views in one of his YouTube clips alone!  “We all have a gift to share and a mission in life."

Duffley’s gift is his voice.  When he was 10, he sang at a huge church event in New Hampshire and that was basically the start of his internet fame.  His rendition of “Open the eyes of my heart” not only brought tears to people’s eyes, but really proved the young man had a gift beyond his years.

He has performed all across the country, but some of the highlights include performing during Pope Francis’ trip to Philadelphia in 2015, he’s sung the National Anthem at a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway and even performed at NASCAR.

Duffley’s message can carry through all age groups, but one in particular, kids who bullied.  Right now, 30-percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying in the United States. Duffley wants them to know, they are beautiful.

"I want everyone to know that it is ok to be different,” he says.

For more on Christopher Duffley and his life, visit his website at