Understanding Blindness: 7 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To
Our sense of sight is probably the one that we rely on the most. The ability to see or the lack thereof makes a world of difference as it is the primary way we access information from our surroundings. Nearly 1% of the world is estimated to be blind – that’s over 49.1 million people. For something that affects such a large part of the population, it's important for people to understand blindness better and the best way they can support those with visual impairment.
Different people experience vision loss in different ways, so we’re here to make it somewhat easy for you and your loved ones. We have compiled a list of podcasts that might help you in your journey to understand what it means to live a life without sight.
An encouraging podcast hosted by Tim Schwartz, Life After Blindness showcases the possibility of living a normal and enabled life with blindness. This podcast is an excellent resource, not only for visually impaired people but also for their friends and family. Through personal stories, interviews, reviews, walkthroughs, this podcast helps its listeners understand the challenges that come with vision loss and navigate them so that they can enjoy an enabled life.
Why listen: A 360-insight into life after vision loss, for not only blind people but for their loved ones as well
What better way to understand blindness than the technologies required to make the world more accessible? Hosted by Brian Fischler and Ed Plumacher, each episode of this podcast takes its listeners into a world of different assistive technologies for people with blindness and low vision, giving you a thorough rundown of accessibility tools, products, and services to keep an out for. If your morning tea tastes better with a side of a tech review, That Real Blind Tech Show is just the perfect pick for you!
Why listen: The good, bad, and ugly of everything new in the world of assistive technology
Ever wondered how visually impaired people travel the world? Or how blind people raise sighted kids? What about dating and relationships?
The Be My Eyes podcast offers a unique insight into the world of blindness, sight, and their nuanced overlap. Through conversations with individuals from the blind community, the host shares their personal stories, inviting listeners to look at the world through their perspective. Regardless of whether you’re blind, low vision, or sighted, this podcast is a must listen to understand what it means to be visually impaired in a very visual world.
Why listen: A glimpse into living life without sight through the stories of people who know most about it
Having been blind since birth, popular YouTuber Tommy Edison hosts this podcast and shares his journey so far. He borrows from his life experiences and answers his listeners’ questions about managing day-to-day activities with blindness through anecdotes and a tinge of humor. This podcast is for you if you would like to know more about how a visually impaired individual’s day looks different from a sighted person’s.
Why listen: Taking it one day at a time through the experience of a person who was born blind
Hosted by John Grimes, Ambiguously Blind explores the struggles and experiences of people who suffer from partial vision loss or have lost their vision later in life. Having suddenly lost his sight to bacterial meningitis, the host talks of his own experience of adapting to vision loss and shares the stories of others in the community who are thriving after coping with visual impairment and overcoming the challenges that come with it.
Why listen: Articulating the struggles of people who suffer vision loss to various degrees and at different stages in life
Presented in a conversation-style spoken word format, Bumping into Walls is a podcast about the challenges that accompany vision loss and visual impairment. This podcast tells it as it is, celebrating successes and acknowledging the hardships of living a life without sight.
Why listen: Frank conversations about the upsides and downsides of living with blindness
Hosted by Jonathan Mosen, the Mosen At Large is an exciting podcast that allows listeners to join in the conversation – all you have to do is dial in when the host is recording! It is an engaging listen for those who want to learn more about blindness, as this podcast helps you look at the world through the lens of the blind. Every episode is distinct from the other as the conversation spans across topics of assistive technology, health, politics, music, and self-improvement, among other things.
Why listen: Explore the world through the perspective of the visually impaired and join in the conversation if you like
Go listen to these amazing podcasts and let us know about other ones that we might have missed.
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