The five senses (that we know of) are Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste, and Touch. And we’ve all at some point pondered what it would be like to lose one or some of those senses. Many people who can currently see consider blindness a scary prospect.
But the thing is, when we sighted people try to imagine being blind? It’s nothing more than our best guess. And that fear you might feel at the thought of having a severe vision impairment - or no vision at all, no light, no color - that fear is a kind of illusion, too.
Today, you’re going to meet five people who are blind, and hear about how they’ve customized their lives to live on their own terms.
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- Daniel Kish is the Founder of and lead instructor at World Access for the Blind. He has been using sonar to navigate the world since losing both of his eyes to cancer as a baby
- Alisha Browne is a YouTube reviewer and commentator who has Stargardt’s Disease, a genetic eye disorder that causes progressive vision loss
- Louise Polio is a weaver with the Hartford Artisans Weaving Center. She is 73 and lives in Wethersfield
- Carmen Lopez, 57, is a weaver with the Hartford Artisans Weaving Center
- Derrick Lewis is a weaver with the Hartford Artisans Weaving Center. He is 36 and lives in Farmington
Catie Talarski contributed to this show.