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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

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

Facial Blindness

Facial Blindness

A Note from John:  Please welcome guest contributor Lakenzie Crawford to our “Freedom to Fly” blog. Lakenzie Crawford is a junior at the University of Tennessee where she is studying to pursue a career involving practice, research, and policy making as they relate to special education through the College Scholars Interdisciplinary Honors Program. She is one of the founding members of

New Tax-exempt Savings Plan for the Disabled

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Now, before you think you will need an amphetamine to get through this, let me say that this appears to describe legislation that can have direct financial benefit for a large number of people who are blind/visually impaired. Don’t let some of the high-dollar figures in the document lead you to believe this is something only for those in the

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