Mario Arnauz Bonds is a multitalented motivational speaker and singer/songwriter. Made famous by NBC Universal's 2012 run of The Glee Project, season two, in which he showed the world that a person with a disability can rise to meet any challenge, Bonds enjoys entertaining and inspiring millions. He is the author of Without Sight but Full of Vision, a memoir recounting how he overcame a childhood marked by blindness, abuse, and abandonment.
One of a set of triplets, Bonds comes from a large family of nine siblings. He was born with Morning Glory Syndrome, a degenerative condition that destroyed the optic nerve in both of his eyes, leaving him totally blind by age eight. However, he has not allowed this to hold him back: he dances, acts, and is an accomplished musician, voiceover artist, and radio broadcaster.
As a gifted teen, Bonds attended Suitland's School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Forestville, MD, where he learned music theory and fell further in love with the performing arts. After high school, he went on to George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, where he graduated in 2010 with a degree in journalism.
In recognition of his work with students and the performing arts, and for his inspiring motivational speaking, Bonds was awarded the prestigious Imagination Award for 2012 by the Imagination Stage, a theatre arts organization for young people.
A powerful speaker known for his ability to quickly draw audiences in, Mario Arnauz Bonds blends personal experience, education, and entertainment to create memorable and thought-provoking presentations.