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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

Making a House Livable for Someone Who Is Blind

Some years ago, one of the more distinctive shows on television was a program titled “Life Styles of the Rich and Famous.” It was just what the name promised, a voyeuristic tour of the homes of celebrities accompanied with the narration of the cheesiest announcer in the history of broadcasting. So, although it will lack the pizzazz and tackiness of

Visiting the Museum of Modern Art with a Visual Impairment

Frequent readers of the VIBES blog know what a fan I am of Veronica Lewis’ blog. The large majority of her posts deal with accessible technology, but, from time-to-time, she includes other topics such as the one below. There are several sections of the original that refer to more sophisticated technologies that she uses to access the art and, because

10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Virtual Class

With the emphasis on much of education becoming virtual because of Covid-19, the following post from Veronica Lewis provides some useful guidance. To facilitate reading, I’ve deleted a number of related links she provides in her original post. To read these, visit 10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Virtual Class As students of all ages begin planning registration for

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