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I am writing a book and one of my characters is a blind teenager and I want to portray her correctly. I was wondering what it's like for the difference in a a blind person's senses versus a sighted person's senses? Would there be certain difficulties for a blind teenager particularly? Is social interaction more difficult for a non sighted person? I'm asking these things because I want to do this part right!

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You would probably do better to ask a blind person what it's like to be blind instead of blindfold yourself..
A blind person's senses would be better because they don't rely on their sight, so they would be sharper because they get used more.
I'm writing about a blind character too, and the best thing to do is do your research..
Hope I helped!


Hello! I am also writing a book featuring a blind girl.

What I've generally heard (and I could be wrong) is that blind people interact fairly well with sighted people. It's different than someone who is, say, deaf, because the deaf have their own community and rules of etiquette.

I'm not blind, so the hardest part for me when writing is portraying the way my character interacts with her environment correctly. Sometimes I'll have her doing things like immediately finding an object in a drawer, instead of having to feel around for it. I really have to check myself a lot.

It may sound silly, but I've tried this and it works: Blindfold yourself and go about your daily business in your home for an hour or so. It really helps you to get into your character's shoes.

Hope this helped, and good luck with your book!


the girl in the book doesn't lose her sight until she is 11 years old and she loses it completely and her parents teach her things and she has a seeing eye dog what do you think? your responses have been amazing!


Much of what you ask depends on a few factors... how much remaining vision does she have? Or is it total?

As well, how much visual memory does she have? Kids who lose their sight at even 4 or 5 may only have fragments of their visual memory and not be able to utilize it properly.

A major factor in social interaction is how they were taught while growing up. I know a teen whose parents always remind him to look the person in the face, not rock back and forth, and to shake hands while talking. He is learning to do it, although he forgets sometimes. If the parents/caregivers never bother teaching social etiquette, it is unlikely they will pick it up from elsewhere.


hey i am the person that posted this and just wanted to add that my character doesn't lose her sight until she's seven years old would that have any effect on how she feels?

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