apl.de.ap might be a hard name to sell at first but he is at that point where he can go by just that which makes people forget that his name is actually Allan Pineda Lindo.
He is best known as one of the original founding members of the world renowned American hip-hop/pop groupÂ The Black Eyed Peas.
Born Allan Pineda Lindo on November 28th, 1974, LindoÂ hasÂ faced many challenges as a child growing up in the barrios of Angeles City, Pampanga Province in the Philippines. Despite these tough times, he has now made himself known as a Filipino-American rapper, dancer, music producer and philanthropist. Not bad!
You’re about to read about how one man’s handicap is overcome. Despite all the obstacles that we may face in life, we must find a way to get through them. It may be hard at first and you may think that there is no solution but then you are at that turning point where you have to push yourself harder. Apl.de.ap’s story shows strength and inspiration.
Read through to see the rest of the article to see howÂ Apple technology has changed the life of apl.de.ap.
The Black Eyed Peasâ€™ co-founder apl.de.ap is at the top of his game in the music industry and a total Apple fan. Heâ€™s also just beginning to speak out about his journey from a young boy with a visual impairment to his current status as a star vocal coach on The Voice of The Philippines.
â€œI was born with my eye condition,â€ apl.de.ap, aka Allan Pineda, told Cult of Mac. â€œToday, I feel much less handicapped by my legal blindness as technology has helped me a lotâ€¦. But that doesnâ€™t mean it wasnâ€™t extremely tough at times, and occasionally I still feel challenged by it.â€
He lives and breathes by his MacBook Pro, thinks Siri is amazing and messes about with music apps on his phone. He shared with Cult of Mac the story of his early life, the visual problem known as nystagmus, and his reliance on and use of technology and Apple products, which he says have helped him get through â€œa lot of things that would otherwise leave me helpless.â€
He was born in Angeles City, Philippines, to Cristina Pineda and a man stationed at a nearby Air Force base who left soon after his birth. He and his six younger siblings helped support the family by farming after school, which was an hour-long jeep ride away.
â€œIt was really tough growing up,â€ said Pineda. â€œI didnâ€™t have much in the Philippines. I did not know my dad while my mom was a struggling single mom trying to raise me and my siblings. I never saw a doctor for my eyesight back then because it was something we couldnâ€™t afford, nor was there access to great medical clinics and facilities.â€
He was sponsored to visit the United States through Pearl S. Buck International, a program that helps orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children. The foundation brought him to California at age 14 so he could get treatment for nystagmus, the eye condition that causes Pinedaâ€™s eyes to move involuntarily. The nonprofit organization placed him with a lawyer named Joe Ben Hudgens, who eventually adopted Pineda.
apl.de.ap and Apple
Pineda had an operation that helped but did not eliminate his visual problem. Since he still has problems with his eyes, you would think Pineda would be a hard-core user of the accessibility features built into iOS and OS X, but so far, heâ€™s just an admirer.
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â€œIâ€™m more into the music apps these days than games on my phone,â€ he said. â€œMusic is my life, so youâ€™re more likely to see me on SoundCloud than playing Clash of Clans.â€
About that Google Glass â€¦
He says he would like to see more tech in games of the future, though, with hot new ideas like the Oculus Rift and other virtual reality headsets. He wasnâ€™t blown away by Google Glass, though he sees the potential.
He thinks Glass needs some enhancements to its size and software for someone with his eye condition, but he also realizes that Googleâ€™s head-mounted wearable is in the development stage. Mostly, he used his Google Glass to take photos and video, like most of us would.
Challenges can be blessings
Pineda sponsors a charity to help children in the Philippines get eye care, but he is only now opening up about his own visual challenges. At first, he didnâ€™t want people to know he had any sort of disability. He tried to hide his nystagmus, not knowing how others in the music industry would react.
Pineda said he hopes the path he took will inspire others to overcome setbacks or physical challenges that might keep them from following their dreams. Ultimately, he sees his condition, while challenging, as a blessing.
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