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A new perspective

Howdy,

I'm an American living in rural Japan, and am an aspiring novelist. I'm having some trouble right now with my novel, most notably with one of characters, a blind female. The trouble, though stems not from the fact that she is blind, but from the fact that I don't have the perspective of a blind person.

Since I am sighted, and always have been, I've been wondering if y'all would mind terribly helping me out with such questions as:

What forms the first impression of a new person when you're blind? (Is it a person's smell, the sound of their voice, what?)

What do blind people do when they are forced to go to a museum? (Do they wander aimlessly, do they doggedly ask the tour guide to describe the exhibits?)

Are things like Disneyland exciting for the visually impaired?

Romantically speaking, do blind women tend to prefer sighted or unsighted males?

How do blind people tend to fare when singing karaoke?

And if you have any stories that you would like to share with me, by all means, please do. And since I am ignorant on some of the intricacies of politically correctness in this community, I apologize.

Thanks,

Bruce
bruce.wardlow@gmail.com

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I think it depend on the life experiences and circumstances of each blind individual!Re: A new perspective




I have to say first of all that I think you are to get given a salute for having courage and foresight to ask for real blind people's opinions on this matter. First of all, as was stated, blind people come in as many varieties and types as the rainbow of colors in this world, just as do sighted people. Not all people are born blind, so some of the blind community deal with blindness with a more "sighted" perspective" while others born blind may not be quite as concerned with the things surroun




many personalities



Blind folks come with a variety of different personalities just as do sighted folks. There are lots of biographies of blind people which may be valuable to you. You may also want to ask yourself what function your character's blindness has in your novel. I say this, going back to my original point that blind people vary in personality just a sighted folks do. Also, being blind is quite possibly socially different in different countries and cultures. I know being female is. (smile)
So,nobody "forces" me to go to anywhere I choose to stay away from. Others may be more willing to be "forced" into doing things. That depends on the kind of character you develop for this individual more than on whether she is blind. Think of it this way. She has a character and her blindness is part of that character rather than making up her entire character.
If I knew I was going to go to a museum, I would get in touch with them beforehand and talk about the things they have on exhibit and find out if they had any programs for Accessible exhibits. You may want to investigate the Smithsonian or the big U.S. museums for such programs. If I come across any, I will post them here. Again, I do not know what Japanese museums do.
I am in the United States and your character is Japanese and in Japan. I know very little about how Japanese culture participates in this kind of public access.


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