Life with a Visual Impairment

Many people can close their eyes and imagine what life would be like if they were unable to see, but actually having a visual impairment is not that simple. Those with a visual impairment usually have some kind of residual visual, even if it is not very useful. Perceptions of light, peripheral vision, or blurry vision are just a few things that may be different for a person with a visual impairment. Only one out of ten people with a visual impairment use Braille, while others use large font.

For a person with a visual impairment, mobility training begins as early as possible. At preschool age a child learns how to travel around their surroundings. As a child becomes older, they learn textures and positions, such as in front of or behind. From there, they learn to cross streets at busy intersections, ride buses, use compass directions, plan a route of travel, and shop or travel independently with the support of a guide, a cane, or an electronic machine.

Dialog in the Dark is an exhibition for people to experience life with a visual impairment. This hour-long experience involves visually impaired guides that lead visitors through daily environments in complete darkness. Textures, sounds, and scents become alive and are experienced in an entirely new way. Sense in the City was created to show New York City, the place of Dialog in the Dark’s newest exhibition, through the eyes of someone visually impaired. Take the test and see if you can see New York in a whole new way.




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