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Hey there! I'm writing a book, and I'd like it to be realistic

Hi! One of my characters, Sam, is fully blind. He was in an accident and his Optic Nerve was severed. I have a few questions so I can make this as realistic as possible.
(I'm sorry if i seem really ignorant on some of these)

1. Do fully blind people see darkness? Or do they see white? Anything similiar to that?
2. Do they make cell phones for the blind? I understand some companies were making prototypes but is there any available to the public right now? (Specifically with read aloud text messaging or Braille keyboard or the like)
3. Do you order Braille books online, or is there a store or library you can get them from?
4. He dreams in images, as he was not always blind, but it has been a long time, so would they not be very clear? Or would he just focus more on the audio aspect of the dreams?
5. I know that there are certain products so that blind people can cook, but what are they specifically.
6. What audio programs are the most useful for watching moies, surfing the internet, ect. ?
7. He has a guide dog. They are allowed in school and such, correct?
8. How easy or hard is it to memorize layouts of different places???
Thank you so much!!!!

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You might want to check out my blog, it talks about modern life/love as a couple living with a visual impairment. I'm sighted and my partner is not, and it might help answer some of your questions about life in general and relationships in particular. Hope this helps!
www.lovensight.blogspot.com


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Wow! That was so helpful and detailed! Thanks so very much, and tell your husband I said hi!


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One of my characters, Sam, is fully blind. He was in an accident and his Optic Nerve was severed. I have a few questions so I can make this as realistic as possible.

1. Do fully blind people see darkness? Or do they see white? Anything similiar to that?
My husband's optic nerve was damaged in an accident, and so now this nerve is dead and non-functioning. He now sees only total blackness, after 55 years of having had perfect vision. Since the optic nerve delivers no information from his eyes to his brain, there is absolutely no light perception delivered to his brain.

2. Do they make cell phones for the blind?
Yes, definitely! His phone speaks to him, using an audio software program. It's too difficult for him to type text messages, so he prefers audio voicemail. His phone directory is all audio. He relies on the bump on the number pad, to type in new phone numbers, but once they're already in the address book, he can listen to them and audio dial by announcing the name, or pressing a "connect" key. Since this phone is now 5 years old, we are curious is he can upgrade to an Android phone or iPhone. We hear that some accessible apps are being written for the Androids and iPhones.

3. Do you order Braille books online, or is there a store or library you can get them from?
He does not like Braille. He took and passed the first class from the Hadley school and then he decided he didn't need any more Braille, since he can read audio books, which are available everywhere, and his computer and many appliances have audio or tactile controls he can use.

4. He dreams in images, as he was not always blind, but it has been a long time, so would they not be very clear? Or would he just focus more on the audio aspect of the dreams?
My husband dreams vividly colored dreams, as clear as when he was sighted. He loves to dream.

5. I know that there are certain products so that blind people can cook, but what are they specifically.
We have a large tactile timer; a small device that is set inside a glass or bowl, which beeps when the content nears the top; bumps placed on the electronic microwave and dishwasher panels for easier use; and we use one piece Cascade soap/softener packets in the dishwasher, which are easy to load. Our measuring tools have tactile readings.

6. What audio programs are the most useful for watching moies, surfing the internet, ect. ?
To do emails and surf the Net, and use Microsoft Office, JAWS audio software Is the best audio computer software. Movie DVDs are set to play automatically on the computer. Descriptive video service (or DVS) is very helpful, as sets, characters and actions are described in detail as the movie plays. Not all movies provide descriptive video, however.

7. He has a guide dog. They are allowed in school and such, correct?
Service dogs go everywhere (as far as I know.)

8. How easy or hard is it to memorize layouts of different places???
It's not easy for my husband, but he does it. He usually likes me to draw a map in his hand when he's in an unfamiliar area.

9. Would his ireses have any pigment or would they be foggy?
My husband's eyeballs are perfect. The pupils in his eyes stay dilated, since his brain gets no signals to make them grow smaller in bright light. His pupils are black and large.


Good luck on your book!





One of my characters, Sam, is fully blind. He was in an accident and his Optic Nerve was severed. I have a few questions so I can make this as realistic as possible.

1. Do fully blind people see darkness? Or do they see white? Anything similiar to that?
My husband's optic nerve was damaged in an accident, and so now this nerve is dead and non-functioning. He now sees only total blackness, after 55 years of having had perfect vision. Since the optic nerve delivers no information from his eyes to his brain, there is absolutely no light perception delivered to his brain.

2. Do they make cell phones for the blind?
Yes, definitely! His phone speaks to him, using an audio software program. It's too difficult for him to type text messages, so he prefers audio voicemail. His phone directory is all audio. He relies on the bump on the number pad, to type in new phone numbers, but once they're already in the address book, he can listen to them and audio dial by announcing the name, or pressing a "connect" key. Since this phone is now 5 years old, we are curious is he can upgrade to an Android phone or iPhone. We hear that some accessible apps are being written for the Androids and iPhones.

3. Do you order Braille books online, or is there a store or library you can get them from?
He does not like Braille. He took and passed the first class from the Hadley school and then he decided he didn't need any more Braille, since he can read audio books, which are available everywhere, and his computer and many appliances have audio or tactile controls he can use.

4. He dreams in images, as he was not always blind, but it has been a long time, so would they not be very clear? Or would he just focus more on the audio aspect of the dreams?
My husband dreams vividly colored dreams, as clear as when he was sighted. He loves to dream.

5. I know that there are certain products so that blind people can cook, but what are they specifically.
We have a large tactile timer; a small device that is set inside a glass or bowl, which beeps when the content nears the top; bumps placed on the electronic microwave and dishwasher panels for easier use; and we use one piece Cascade soap/softener packets in the dishwasher, which are easy to load. Our measuring tools have tactile readings.

6. What audio programs are the most useful for watching moies, surfing the internet, ect. ?
To do emails and surf the Net, and use Microsoft Office, JAWS audio software Is the best audio computer software. Movie DVDs are set to play automatically on the computer. Descriptive video service (or DVS) is very helpful, as sets, characters and actions are described in detail as the movie plays. Not all movies provide descriptive video, however.

7. He has a guide dog. They are allowed in school and such, correct?
Service dogs go everywhere (as far as I know.)

8. How easy or hard is it to memorize layouts of different places???
It's not easy for my husband, but he does it. He usually likes me to draw a map in his hand when he's in an unfamiliar area.

9. Would his ireses have any pigment or would they be foggy?
My husband's eyeballs are perfect. The pupils in his eyes stay dilated, since his brain gets no signals to make them grow smaller in bright light. His pupils are black and large.


Good luck on your book!


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Thank you so much!!! Every answer was really helpful :)


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I am legally blind and can not answer all of these questions but I will answer them off of personal experience because I used to go to school at the Alabama School for the blind where I worked with blind students everyday.
1. They see dark but in areas of bright light they see a little white like if a regular person closed there eyes.
2. No I am not aware of any cell phones for the blind.
3. Most braille reading students I know get there books from similar libraries such as AIRCB and they are mailed by using a postal service called FREE MATTER FOR THE BLIND where instead of placing a stamp on a package you just write FREE MATTER FOR BLIND also you can get mor info on the libraries at aidb.org
4. I cannot answer this question because the students I worked with were born blind.
5. There are several types of braille cooking supplies such as braille measuring cups, stoves with Braille written on them, and simple products like that.
6. Surfing the Internet- zoom text watching videos- audio encrypted videos by the library of congress where a voice describes what the actors and set are doing reading a book- you can have audiobooks mailed by the libraries I mentioned above.
7. In different facilities there are different rules most blind people use a cane to navigate.
8. It can be very difficult but can be don within a week or so.

I hope this information was helpful if you have any questions you can contact me at jd061397@yahoo.com


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Hey! One more question: Would his ireses have any pigment or would they be foggy?


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