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  • - If you broke your arm, do you still have an arm?

  • (playful upbeat music)

  • Hi, I'm Brit.

  • - Hey, I am Julian.

  • - I am blind and visually impaired.

  • So sometimes I'm completely in the dark,

  • sometimes I can see a little bit.

  • - And I'm here to answer some commonly Googled questions

  • about blindness.

  • Well, I've certainly heard the gamut of questions

  • all throughout my life, so. (laughs)

  • - Yes, I would say we dream.

  • I went blind two years ago.

  • So I still dream in full color and audio.

  • Since I lost my vision, I dream as though I can see,

  • but I'm getting around with a cane.

  • And they've definitely become more audio.

  • - Yes, we absolutely do.

  • The stuff that's in my dreams is based

  • on what I have experienced or sensed in life.

  • Most people who are blind have some level of,

  • at the very least even, light perception.

  • In my case, because I have some vision,

  • there is some visual component to my dreams.

  • I don't feel like I see extra in my dreams

  • versus what I see when I'm awake.

  • But it just doesn't matter.

  • The lack of vision in my dream doesn't get in the way

  • of doing anything.

  • - In my dreams, the people have become more shadows,

  • and the people that I think about

  • or dream about are more about what they make me feel like

  • or what they smell like

  • or what they sound like.

  • - My favorite dreams are the dreams

  • where I'm flying. (laughs)

  • (upbeat jazz music)

  • - If you broke your arm, do you still have an arm?

  • The answer is yes.

  • We still blink.

  • That has to do with the autonomic system.

  • As far as I know, the people that have fake eyes,

  • they still blink.

  • So yes, I think blind people blink.

  • - Yes, I do.

  • I do have friends also that are totally blind,

  • and I believe they blink as well.

  • Even if you don't perceive any light

  • or anything through your eyes

  • as long as they're there

  • and your eyelashes and your things are there,

  • you're gonna blink.

  • (upbeat orchestral music)

  • - I would say blindness

  • is like seeing the back of your head.

  • It's nothing.

  • There is darkness, but it's more of a lack of vision.

  • I don't see black.

  • I see nothing.

  • Some people that are blind do see actual black or dots.

  • Or sometimes with me,

  • my vision looks like a broken, static television,

  • but my blindness changes by the day,

  • which is why I'm also visually impaired.

  • - I know I do, because again,

  • I do have some vision.

  • So for me, black is like night.

  • There's no light.

  • There's nothing that I can be seeing.

  • So it's just total darkness.

  • (soft orchestral music)

  • - Yes, yes we cry.

  • We're normal people.

  • We just can't see like everybody else.

  • - We are humans, like everybody else.

  • We do have emotions.

  • And yes, we experience sadness, loss, pain.

  • We cry.

  • (playful upbeat music)

  • - No, it doesn't help your hearing.

  • - No, the answer is we do not have better hearing.

  • Again, we are not Daredevil.

  • We don't have this ability to turn our ear

  • and hear something from a mile away.

  • What it is, is that we rely on our hearing

  • more than if you are lacking in one sense,

  • the brain is gonna tap the other senses a little bit more

  • to try to get that information.

  • - Since I've lost my vision,

  • I have gained the abilities to know

  • which one of my family members is approaching me

  • based on footstep.

  • I can hear things on the other side of the house,

  • because I put an effort into it.

  • So it's not that we get better hearing.

  • It's that we have to focus

  • and work on our other senses.

  • - We do not have extra bionic supersonic hearing.

  • That's a myth.

  • Blindness is not the characteristics that defines us.

  • It's not our badge, identification badge. (laughs)

  • If all you see is blindness,

  • then you're missing out on a whole lot.

  • You're missing out on possibly meeting some great friends.

  • You're missing out on possibly hiring some

  • of your best and most loyal, dedicated employees.

  • The unemployment rate is so high in our community.

  • It's somewhere in the neighborhood of 70900:04:18,399 --> 00:04:21,799 of working age blind people are either under

  • or unemployed.

  • It's just a matter of giving us a shot

  • and understanding that you need to look beyond

  • that white cane or beyond that guide dog.

  • Know that blindness is not the thing

  • that's gonna stand in our way,

  • and you shouldn't let it stand in yours.

  • - There's also a feeling

  • that we have in our youth that we live forever

  • and that nothing bad will ever happen to us.

  • But it's really not true.

  • I went blind overnight,

  • and I could say it could happen to anyone at any time.

  • And I feel very fortunate to have that perspective,

  • 'cause I appreciate every day as if it's my last,

  • and I seize every moment I can.

  • And that's one of the reasons why going blind

  • made me happier.

  • This is a vessel that you live in,

  • and it can get hurt,

  • and you're not invincible.

  • I understand what life's actually about,

  • and it's not about the little things that stress you out.

  • It's not about focusing on those.

  • It's about the things that really matter to you.

  • For me, it's my family.

  • I love to create.

  • I love my career.

  • I love writing.

  • And that's what keeps me going.

  • And I hope that maybe even if you're sighted

  • or have no disabilities, you could take that perspective

  • and use it on yourself.

  • And I hope that you could enjoy your life

  • with all of the senses that you have.

  • (upbeat music)

- If you broke your arm, do you still have an arm?

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