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  • Do blind people have heightened senses?

  • What do blind people see when they dream?

  • Can blind people work?

  • Of course we can work.

  • I'm Lucy Edwards.

  • My name is Simon Brown.

  • My name is Dr Amit Patel.

  • And I'm totally blind.

  • And I'm registered severely visually impaired.

  • And I'm severely sight impaired.

  • There's all sorts of questions floating around the internet

  • So let's clear the air.

  • [We put some of the most asked questions on the internet

  • to our guests…]

  • [The questions you'd love to know the answer to,

  • but might be too embarrassed to ask…]

  • Do blind people care about their appearance?

  • Yes, yes, yes! We do.

  • Just because we can't see ourselves in a mirror

  • doesn't mean we don't want to feel good and look good.

  • I actually wrote the first ever blind beauty guide.

  • Absolutely. I love shopping.

  • I love going out and shopping for myself,

  • so I rely on people in the shops to tell me, and describe things to me.

  • I'm obsessed with make-up. It's part of me. It's part of Lucy.

  • Just because I went blind doesn't mean I lost Lucy.

  • I definitely take pride in how I look.

  • I lost my sight in 2006.

  • I was in operations in Iraq and I was shot in the head by a sniper.

  • It ripped the optic nerves off my left eye

  • and there was catastrophic compression damage to the right eye.

  • Age eight, I went for a routine eye check with my parents

  • and they said, “Quick, rush her to the hospital.

  • Your little girl has something wrong with the back of her eye.”

  • Age 11, I lost my right eye,

  • and age 17 I lost my left eye,

  • and now I only have a bit of light perception.

  • No sense can actually improve.

  • What happens is you get better at using the other senses.

  • I learnt to tune into my hearing a little bit more -

  • focus on what I needed to hear. Same with touch.

  • I can understand why people might think we have supersonic hearing

  • but no, unfortunately. I wish.

  • Now personally, I don't see anything. I just have thoughts when I dream.

  • I have vivid dreams. I lost my sight overnight,

  • so I saw my wife in the evening.

  • Next morning, I woke up I was completely blind,

  • so I kind of hold onto that memory.

  • I see my wife and myself having dinner a lot of the time.

  • Not all blind people have guide dogs, but this one does.

  • And how do you work, Olga?

  • If Kika my guide dog hasn't ever been to a location,

  • she will never know where it is.

  • So guide dogs are taught to go from kerb to kerb.

  • That means avoiding obstacles -

  • be it lamp posts, bins, people on the streets -

  • and then they'll wait for directions left, right, or cross the road.

  • I think the most common question for me is,

  • Is your guide dog a sat-nav?” And my answer isNo.”

  • If you see someone struggling whether they're blind or not,

  • then I think there's an obligation for those of us who can,

  • to support, and ask if they need support.

  • There is a problem when it comes to crossing the road,

  • and just being taken.

  • A good way to get a blind person's attention

  • is with the back of your hand on the upper arm,

  • because it's a non-aggressive place to touch somebody.

  • Introduce yourself, ask them if they need support.

  • What I would also say is, don't be offended if they say no.

  • And you never know, that tiny, that two minutes out of your life,

  • will make such a difference to someone like me.

  • How do I help someone who's visually impaired?”

  • That's probably the question

  • that would probably make my life a lot easier.

  • Don't be ashamed to ask, "What happened?"

  • Don't be ashamed to ask, "What's it like?"

  • There's so many different questions that I would be happy to answer

  • if people were happy to ask.

  • Sometimes it would be nice to see the person behind the dog

  • and say, “Hi Lucy, how are you?”

  • It would make me smile.

  • Yeah.

  • Thanks for watching.

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    Summer posted on 2020/04/23
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