My daughter goes to kindergarten, and there is a boy there who is blind.

She didnโ€™t understand what this meant, so I explained.

The next day when I picked her up, I found her sitting across from the boy with her eyes closed, describing what trees looked like. The boy was grinning from ear to ear.

—  Unknown
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Mr. Magoo The Blind Kitty Will Steal Your Heart

Mr. Magoo was found wandering the streets of Philadelphia like so many other cats that are abandoned and left to fend for themselves. Mr. Magoo was different, he is a specially abled kitty who managed to survive living on the streets for 2 years blind. Magoo has what’s called Microphthalmia in which his eyes and lids did not fully develop, he does have eyes but they are very small. The Vets did confirm he is legally blind but he does have a very limited amount of peripheral vision and can see some light and shadows.

Photos/text by ©Mr. Magoo Who? “The Blind Kitty Who Stole My Heart”

If you can’t think something nice… An anonymous fear submitted to Deep Dark Fears - thanks! The Deep Dark Fears book has been nominated for a 2016 Eisner Award, so if you are a comic artist (web, print, etc) or work in a related field, I’d really appreciate your vote! You can vote at http://eisnervote.com/ - thank you!

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Watch: This smart device could help visually impaired people “see” the world.

Text captions:

[Blind man opening medicine cabinet]
I don’t think I’m different. I think how I interact with the world is different.

[Man reaches for sight guide]
I have no light perception, no colors, no anything. I see everything pitch black.

[Service dog helps man across the street]
I have to plan ahead a lot. When I’m indoors I’m trying to figure out where the doors are, where the elevators are.

[Service dog helps man across the street]
I’m always decoding and investigating. Sounds, scents, landmarks. Trying to figure out where things are.

[Man puts on BLAID device]
Using cameras BLAID can detect various features that are important to the blind community. Doorways, restroom signs, exit signs.

[BLAID Engineer gestures to bathroom and door]
It will scan the environment and tell you what you see.

[BLAID guides man to bathroom]
The second button on there you would say “Take me to the bathroom” and the device would guide you to the bathroom.

[Computer screen shows BLAID model]
The ability just to get up and leave to wherever you want, whenever you want would just be awesome.

[Man touches BLAID, smiles]
BLAID would change my life.

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Did these people [in academia who claim that they are not exposed to disabled people] realize that when they encountered the work of Rosa Luxemburg (who limped), Antonio Gramsci (a crippled, dwarfed hunchback), John Milton (blind), Alexander Pope (dwarfed hunchback), George Gordon Brown (club foot), [Jorge] Luis Borges, James Joyce, and James Thurber (all blind), Harriet Martineau (deaf), Toulouse-Lautrec (spinal deformity), Frida Kahlo (osteomyelitis), Virginia Woolf (lupus), they were meeting people with disabilities? Do filmgoers realize when they watch the films of James Ford, Raoul Walsh,ย Andrรฉ de Toth, Nicholas Ray, Tay Garnett and William Wyler that these directors were all physically impaired? Why is it when one looks these figures in dictionaries of biography or encyclopedias that their physical disabilities are usually not mentioned โ€“ unless the disability is seen as related to creativity, as in the case of the blind bard Milton or the deaf Beethoven? There is an ableist notion at work here that anyone who creates a canonical work must be physically able. Likewise, why do we not know that Helen Keller was a socialist, a member of the Wobblies, the International Workers of the World, and an advocate of free love? We assume that our ‘official’ mascots of disability are nothing else but their disability.
—  Lennard J. Davis, Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness, and the Body