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You Must Have Super Hearing

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The short answer is “absolutely not.” The more complete answer is a little more complicated. What the audiologists say. Most of us will experience presbycusis, or age-related hearing loss. We’re not exempted from this happening just because we’re blind. In the last fifteen years or so I’ve lost about 8% of the hearing in my left ear and 4% in

How Do You Give Directions to Someone Who Is Blind? Part 2

Give Directions: Compass pointing to the word Trust

As I discussed in my last post, giving directions to someone who is blind sometimes means rethinking how we use visual language like “over there” and “here” that we are used to using when the other person can see what we’re talking about. In this post, I’ll be looking at a few other things to keep in mind when offering

The Dumbest Questions I’ve Ever Been Asked As a Blind Person

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Almost every question I’ve ever been asked as a blind person has been prompted by a genuine, and quite understandable, lack of knowledge. Below are some notable exceptions. Whoever said that there are no dumb questions never met the people who asked these. All of these really happened. I couldn’t make up this stuff. “Do you know how to fasten

I Think You Can’t; I Think You Can’t

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One of the unfortunate and unavoidable consequences of losing, or never having, vision is that many people, and this may include family, friends, and teachers, to say nothing of the general public, may have a lower expectation of you. We all get negative feedback that doesn’t enhance our self-image, sometimes subtle (Bob, I’d love to go out with you but

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