Belo Cipriani with his guide dog Oslo
Best Disability Advocate 2015 - Belo Cipriani

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.

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Writing

Call for Submissions: Essays by the Disabled on Rites of Passage

When I lost my sight in my late twenties, I thought the rest of my life would be dull and boring. Boy was I wrong. Still, my initial misconception stemmed from two thoughts: First, I had never seen a blind person be mischievous, sexy, or fun in any form of media. Secondly, the lack of... Read More
Belo Cipriani in Project Blaid - The Toyota Effect - Toyota

Belo Cipriani in Project BLAID (Visual Aide) | Toyota

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