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 representation of people with disabilities at large in popular culture gave me the false impression that the disabled community didn’t have much to share. Read More

From Fear to Fearless: Blind, Lesbian Author Susan Krieger

In a world where members of the GLBT community have gained access to the many mediums of communication, from RuPaul’s Drag Race on the Logo Network to more gay characters in mainstream movies, it can be easy to forget how different life was for the GLBT family just a few decades ago. Stanford University professor, author, and voice in feminist and gender studies Susan Krieger beautifully depicts the struggles and concerns of lesbians in a not so distant past. Read More

A Bay Area Action Alert to Preserve BART Accessibility

For those of us with disabilities, BART is often the best option we have to get around. And although the service isn’t perfect, the BART cars have generally been accessible to people with disabilities. However, with the new BART cars that have been designed and scheduled for release in a few years, that will not be the case. Read More

Blake Harrison: Brain Injury Survivor to Hottest Trainer in SF

Nearsighted is stoked to chat with Blake Harrison, who was recently voted San Francisco’s hottest male trainer in a poll by Racked. But Blake isn’t just another striking face in the world of fitness, he is also a brain injury survivor. During his senior year in high school, he was kicked in the head by a drunk guy who crashed his homecoming party. Left blind and in a wheelchair, he used fitness as a way to build himself back up. Blake recovered his eyesight and slowly gained mobility and his fitness abilities back. He is now a highly sought out trainer in San Francisco. Read More

An Interview with The Blind Cook, Christine Ha

Today on Nearsighted we welcome chef and writer Christine Ha, who was the first blind contestant on Fox’s reality cooking show MasterChef, and the winner of its third season in 2012. She is also the author of the cookbook Recipes from My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food (Rodale Books, 2013). Read More

Reinventing Yourself: How to Plan for a Reset

As a child, one of my most frustrating moments came when Mario froze mid-jump. Just as I was about to avoid the last fiery ball in the concrete castle to save Princess Peach, the game suspended, and no amount of punishing to the red and black buttons made the action begin again. I shrieked and pleaded with my mother and father that I couldn’t start over. I couldn’t redo the brilliance of my last attempt to defeat the level. After pouting and stomping for a few minutes, I finally pushed the reset button and led Mario to bounce past the next set of obstacles. Read More

Traveling with a Disability: The Applause

I buckled my seatbelt and reached toward the floor to caress Madge’s velvety ears. The flight attendants began to voice the emergency exits and I could feel the plane slightly glide up and down, reminding me we were actually moving. The ticket agent instantly fell in love with Madge and bumped us up to first class; something I felt a little guilty about accepting, but got over quickly once I rested my tired limbs on the plush seat. Read More

Traveling with Disabilities and Training the Travel Industry to Adapt

Nothing arouses my senses quite like a new city. In major metropolitan centers, there are a multitude of things that scream out, “Here! Come here. We’ve got something fascinating in store for you.”

A street full of manic traffic informs me it’s a major thoroughfare and I should use it to navigate this new domain.

The smell of coffee whispers, “We can awaken your brain with a delicious cup of brew.”

The distinct scent of certain chemicals gently reminds me I’m due for my bi-weekly haircut. Read More

The Healing Arts: BodyTalk, Reiki and Tapas Acupressure

Nearsighted is pleased to have Dr. Sandy Wong stop by today to tell us about BodyTalk, Reiki, and Tapas Accupressure.

Anxiety and chronic pain plague so many people of all ages in our modern, fast-paced society. We know that stress has a profound effect on our body’s ability to heal and function at an optimal level. Every experience and every choice in our life contributes to our current — and future — state of health. Read More

‘Walk Me Home’: A Theatre by the Blind Production

Nearsighted is happy to have Caitlin Hernandez back with another post about CRE Outreach.

After writing and acting in my own musical, Dreaming in Color, through the nonprofit theater company CRE Outreach, I wrote a second original play especially for my fellow blind actors and actresses. Inspired by the close, intense friendships I’d established with the Dreaming in Color cast, and my complex feelings I felt after returning to my northern-California home after my summer in L.A., Walk Me Home tells the story of two blind teenagers whose friendship and love for one another is tested when their life paths seem to be leading them in opposite directions. Read More