“When she was in fifth grade, her mother, who has the same eye condition, sat her down and told her that she had a choice: She could look away from people’s faces in order to see them, or she could look directly at them — and not see them. ‘If you choose to look away,’ her mother warned, ‘the world we live in will treat you differently.'”
Excerpt from Is there a right way to act blind? by on the New York Times.
In this piece, Andrew Leland explores the public misconception of how blind people should look, and the systemic realities that lead to non-blind actors being cast to play the roles of blind characters.