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“So, what’s it like to be blind?”

Cassaundra Bell

It was a Monday night at the Olive Garden, and the question was asked by an incredibly eager busboy. He nodded at my white cane as I swept it in front of me, while he ushered us to our table. I was dining with one of my best friends, Emily, that night. We hadn’t seen each other in such a long time, and I was looking forward to our catching-up. I was already weary from my incredibly busy day as a new social worker with an ever-increasing caseload. And the only question I wanted to be asked by the Olive Garden staff was, “Would you like to sample our wine tonight?”

Instead, I was asked that “What’s it like to be blind?” question.

Research for Treatments

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center

The University of Michigan W.K. Kellogg Eye Center and the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (ABVI) have created a unique alliance to improve access and rehabilitation services for individuals who are visually impaired.