Imagine if the most severe physical pain and sorrow in your life were inflicted by the people you trusted most. In the spring of 2007, Belo Cipriani was beaten and robbed of his sight at the hands of his childhood friends.
Blind: A Memoir chronicles the two years immediately following the assault. At the age of twenty-six, Belo found himself learning to walk, cook, and date in the dark.
Armed with visual memory and his newly developed senses, Belo shows readers what the blind see. He narrates the recondite world of the blind, where microwaves, watches, and computers talk, and where guide dogs guard as well as lead.
Today, Nearsighted welcomes a post by blind singer and actress Caitlin Hernandez. There are certain times when family, friends, and specialists, however diligent, well-meaning, and highly-trained, cannot find catch-all solutions. Patience, expertise, and time aren’t always enough to help a soldier fight depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Bullying and ostracism wear on many teens, but... Read More
Nearsighted is pleased to welcome Guide Dogs for the Blind apprentice trainer Jason Bellucci-King. Belo Cipriani: Did you have any dogs growing up? Jason Bellucci-King: My mom got us a Jack Russell Terrier mix for my 11th birthday. Her name was Sally and she lived until she was 17. She was an amazing pup that... Read More