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Ten Facts About Braille

In the past, I’ve written a couple of posts about Braille: Do I Really Have to Learn Braille? and How Does Braille Work? The last one was several years ago and, because many people are curious about the topic, I’m reprinting a post from the Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired on the subject. I’ve taken the liberty of

Be My Eyes

The following article, App Helps Visually Impaired with Daily Tasks By Marisa Iati, originally appeared in the Washington Post on December 18, 2018. The program she describes, while several years old, is still as popular and widely used today. The alert flashed across the screen of Christina De Leon’s smartphone on a recent morning: “Someone needs your help.” De Leon,

4 Secrets to Making the Old-fashioned Ask

I’m convinced that one of the reasons I’m on earth is to provide comic relief for the people I meet by just doing the bizarre things that are just a natural part of being me. I was reminded of this recently when I sent my ten-year-old granddaughter into gales of laughter by thanking Alexa after it answered by request for

How Do Blind People Know What Money They Have?

Pop Quiz – close your eyes, open your billfold or purse and count your money – no peeking. You probably did pretty well with the coins. After all, with their seriated edges and distinctive sizes, the dimes and quarters probably stood out, and, after a little thought, you could probably distinguish pennies from nickels. This exercise may not have been

Horses, Zebras, and the Secret Medical World of Blind People

As well as I can calculate, I’ve undergone at least twenty major surgeries. To be clear, let me define my terms. In order to be classed as major, a surgery must meet all of the following criteria: 1. Before they operate, I’ve have to be asked if I have a living will. 2. I have to be asked if I’m

Some of the Best and Worst News You’ve Probably Never Heard.

As a child, for some obscure reason, the only two structures in our neighborhood that were suitable as a polling place were the local Jewish synagogue and our garage. I thought the synagogue, grand as it was, was certainly appropriate but I couldn’t help but think Jefferson and Franklin would have been more than a little embarrassed by the use

Only One Blind Person at a Time and No More

The story is told that, one day at the Burning Tree Golf Course, Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas was getting more and more exasperated by his poor play. When the ball disappeared into the rough one more time, he turned to his caddy and said, “You must be the worst caddy in the world.” Without missing a beat, the

Secrets of Hotel Stays as a Blind Person

Several years ago, a blind acquaintance of mine was attending a convention in a large metropolitan city. He was late arriving at his hotel, checked into his room, and, exhausted after a long day, thought he’d relax by taking a hot shower. After exiting the shower, still naked, he unpacked, reviewed the convention program, and returned several phone calls before

14 Things I’m Glad I Can’t See

Several years ago, a friend and I used to play a game when shopping at Wal-Mart. Once we got back in the car, she had to choose the weirdest person she’d seen in the store and describe them. To be sure, sometimes this was a tough decision, and she had to choose among several contenders. On the day in question,

A Note of Thanks

I am writing this between Thanksgiving and Christmas, a time of year when we tend to reflect on the blessings in our lives, something that is especially appropriate as we near the end of 2020, a time that has been uncommonly depressing and isolating. When I received the following story several days ago, I immediately thought of those of you

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