I very much appreciate this insightful (best available word) exploration of a problem I struggled with recently when trying to write a play about a relationship in which one character’s physical blindness provoked her lover to reexamine his mental blindness.

My closest blind friend (a classmate in a music class) is less bothered by ablist language than I am and says “I see” and “See you later” all the time. What she wishes sighted people would open their eyes to is the social obstacle of her handicap, that she can’t make friends on campus by approaching and introducing herself to people sitting alone, for instance, but must depend on others approaching her, which few do.

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