Maryland (March 12, 2019): The National Federation of the Blind, the nation’s oldest
and largest organization of blind Americans, issued the following statement
today from its President, Mark Riccobono, regarding the portrayal of blind
characters and specifically the forthcoming CW television series “In the Dark”:
“The entertainment industry has produced dozens of movies and TV shows portraying blind characters, usually offensively or inaccurately, and not even one of them has featured a blind actor in a recurring lead role. If blind people are included, they play supporting roles, and sometimes there is a single blind writer or consultant. If organizations like the National Federation of the Blind are consulted at all, the consultation occurs after production, and the producers seek validation rather than collaboration. The forthcoming midseason replacement series ‘In the Dark’ is no different. Its producers sought to justify their exclusion of a blind actor from the leading role in a session full of excuses at a recent conference.
HAPPY JANUARY 4th! Today represents the birth of
one of the most amazing and monumental inventors in modern history. The
invention of this individual single-handedly has made a positive difference in
the lives of tens of millions of people around the world.
You are probably wondering, who is this guy talking about?I can’t think of anybody famous born this day. Whether you know who I’m talking about or not, today really is an important, life-changing day for many people.
We celebrated National White Cane day on October 15th. Generally, the white cane has become the symbol we use to celebrate our independence and our acceptance that blindness is only a nuisance and characteristic, but not an obstacle in of itself. In reality, both the white cane and guide dog represent the same things. They give us a vehicle to help us travel and function independently in the world.
Sighted people have their own mechanisms to “help them” although they do not acknowledge them as devices of reasonable accommodation and help. Just challenge a sighted person to travel around a building at night with no available light and see how well they do. The electric light invented by Thomas Edison and others is nothing but a reasonable accommodation for light dependent people. Continue reading →