Sunglasses

 

You probably think that most people without sight wear sunglasses for appearance reasons.  Whether blind from birth or through accident or illness, many of us with impaired vision consider our God-given eyes more liability than asset.  Of course some people without sight can see enough that the sun’s glare also hurts their eyes.  Others wear them for protection.  Although my eyes don’t work, for instance, they still feel pain.  So when I smash into a low-hanging tree branch, I wince and probably swear.

But now there’s another reason yu might see us in sunglasses, and it’s all thanks to Snapchat. Our sunglasses just may contain built-in cameras.  So beware, because we just may be recording your every embarrassing move.

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About Sally Hobart Alexander

Blinded at the age of twenty-six, I left California and elementary school teaching for life in Pittsburgh, Pa. There, I met my husband, got a Masters' degree in social work, had two kids, now 35 and 32, and became a writer. Surprisingly, the writing career led me full-circle to teaching, and I teach in Chatham University's M.F.A. program and lead two writing critique groups. Always, since the age of 26, I have traveled, not in the stereotypic darkness attributed to blindness, but a mist. My blog then, "traveling through the mist" will deal with issues in my culturally different life as a blind writer, teacher, speaker, and human being.
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