Entries Tagged as 'blind'

Gene Therapy Helps Children With Congenital Retina Disease

Comments   2   Date Arrow  October 26, 2023 at 12:20pm   User  by Mark Willis

I wrote about the complex relationship between my genetic disease and its possible “cure” in Not This Pig. At my age and stage of blindness, I don’t know whether I’d choose the experimental gene therapy published Oct. 24 in The Lancet (reported below by Jocelyn Kaiser in ScienceNOW), but I can understand its prospect for young children with retina diseases.

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“They also serve who only stand and wait’

Comments   2   Date Arrow  December 9, 2023 at 11:50am   User  by Mark Willis

Today is the 400th anniversary of the birth of John Milton. Over the years of my losing sight, 35 years to be precise, I’ve conducted a lengthy and private dialogue with this man. Sometimes it is disputatious, sometimes profoundly loving. I cannot begin to say how I have internalized his XIXth sonnet. I like to [...]

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When the Flawlessly Hip Need the Blind (to exploit)

Comments   2   Date Arrow  October 1, 2023 at 6:33pm   User  by Mark Willis

Some things have to be documented, no matter how repulsive. A blogger named Spots in San Francisco linked here to snatch Paul Strand’s iconic photo,  Blind. She probably grabbed it off Google Images, and certainly never thought twice about the context of its use here. She needed it to amp up a joke that wasn’t [...]

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Playing By Ear: The Sound of Rain

Comments   0   Date Arrow  May 31, 2023 at 7:00am   User  by Mark Willis

“Playing by ear” is my shorthand for a process of letting go of sight, or, more precisely, letting go of the will to see, so attention can shift away from the deficits of blindness to experience the richness of other sensory possibilities. I love how the process sometimes becomes play: joyous, instructive, and surprisingly [...]

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Flying On Other Vectors: The Airport Ecosystem

Comments   1   Date Arrow  April 24, 2023 at 6:00am   User  by Mark Willis

I don’t mind flying, but airports oppress me. When I fly, I try to remember an epiphany I had in Atlanta several years ago: airports are complex ecosystems, and a blind traveler navigating through them with a white cane is just another bottom-feeder plying the food chain.
That day began with carefree dancing in the street [...]

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Augmented Illusions: Tapping

Comments   0   Date Arrow  April 15, 2023 at 12:15pm   User  by Mark Willis

Alex de Jong recommends headphones for the full effect of tapping. The video is accompanied by this text:
Natural behaviour of blind people is all too often seen as deviant. Many who are are blind are told not to click, tap their canes loudly, or stomp slightly. These are all echolocation methods and are [...]

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Brendan The Navigator: Just A Little Fog

Comments   2   Date Arrow  April 8, 2023 at 12:05am   User  by Mark Willis

Fog at Isle Royale [Source: wildmengoneborneo.com]
We set a westerly course midway between Wright Island and shore. I sensed something uneasy about the way Brendan hunched in his life vest. He wasn’t talking.
“Want to go for Hay Bay?” I asked, hoping that an absurd proposition would loosen him up.
“You’re crazy, Dad. Ten miles there, ten miles [...]

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