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What Should I Call Someone Who Is Blind?

Several years ago, a couple I knew was going to have a child and were undecided as to what to name the baby. It was fortunate that human gestation takes nine months because they could not agree on a name. She liked traditional names where he wanted something more contemporary. Finally, tired of having all of her suggestions vetoed, the

“Blind Skills” You Didn’t Know You Had

When most people think of losing their vision, I imagine, after thinking of all the things they wouldn’t be able to do, the next thoughts are of how they could never learn to make the adjustment. To be sure, there is a learning curve in mastering Braille or mobility skills; but, believe it or not, some of the basics in

How Does Braille Work?

There are many things about vision loss that society views as negative, but the use of Braille is not one of them. Whether small child or adult, most people are fascinated with Braille and curious to know how it works. I offer the following quick and dirty summary as a public service to satisfy that curiosity. First, think of learning

Carless in a Car Culture

Trying to explain what it is like to live without a car in contemporary American life is like trying to explain what it is like to live without water to a fish. Just as the fish can’t imagine life without water, it’s virtually impossible for most Americans to imagine life without a car. Personally, while I’m firmly convinced that the

The Class Every Blind Student Dreds

Technically, this title isn’t completely true. There’s always an exception, a true statistical outlier, but 99.9998% of all blind or visually impaired students Dred math class. No, there’s not a genetic link between blindness and math phobia. The reason is a bit subtler. Once you get beyond the basic arithmetic of elementary school, the more advanced math classes of middle

When Saying “Yes” Means “No”

If I had been asked, when I was about nine or ten, what I wanted to do when I grew up, I would have said that I wanted to play center field for the St. Louis Cardinals. Not only was I not fast enough and didn’t have a good throwing arm, but I couldn’t even see the batter from center

Lawrence of Arabia and the Road to Hell

Not too long ago, I was struck by a comment I read: “Chinese students are constantly striving to excel, to separate themselves from their peers while Americans, with more privileges than any other people in world history, are often content to just coast.” I’m certainly in no position to testify to the accuracy of the generalization, although years of college

How I Lost 125 Lbs.

Since March, Club VIBES members have been involved in the National Fitness Challenge sponsored by the United States Association of Blind Athletes in which they are committed to walk 10,000 steps, roughly five miles, daily for six months. This guest blog outlines some of the more dramatic benefits of the program. Jared Jackson A little over two years ago, I

The Nearly Perfect Question

The Nearly Perfect Question Not too long ago, a friend stopped me to ask for some advice. Now, I’m absolutely certain that the world would be a far better place if more people did this, maybe the President, Congress, or even the board of my condo association. So, I was primed to share the benefit of my wisdom when asked.

Being Healed – Whether You Want It or Not

As I’ve mentioned from time-to-time in this blog, being blind or visually impaired increases the likelihood of you having some bizarre experiences that most of humanity misses out on. I was reminded of this not long ago when swapping “You’re not going to believe this” stories with a couple of visually impaired friends. The fun began when the other three

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