My name is Rachel and I was in New York a couple of weeks ago and went to Dialog in the Dark. I was part of a group of British geography students that Stephanie took around the exhibition. Afterwards we asked if we could speak to you and we asked you a few questions about what it’s like to live in New York when you’re visually impaired.
Firstly, I’d like to say thank you very much for sitting down and talking to us for so long! (I hope you didn’t get into trouble for being late for your next tour). It was so interesting getting a totally alternative perspective from someone who experiences New York in such a different way, we learnt so much from both you and Stephanie. I must say I’ve never met anyone before with so much life in them and I wish I could have spoken to you for longer, you are truly inspiring.
Secondly, I’d like to tell you how amazing I thought the exhibition was. On a personal level I found that the tour was my favourite part of visiting New York. My mum has been blind since she was very young so it was a real insight for myself on how she gets around and has to be so aware of her surroundings to stay safe. Visiting Dialog in the Dark has also lead me to the decision that I’ll be doing my final year dissertation on the way in which technologies affect the way people who are blind or visually impaired are excluded and included in society. If it’s possible I’d love to be able to send you some questions regarding this when I begin my research at the end of this year but I realise you are very busy with your work so you might not be able to. I really hope to raise some awareness by doing this and will hopefully be volunteering at an RNIB college my mum teaches Braille at to get even more of an insight.
Again I’d like to thank you for talking to my group, we had such as amazing day and have been recommending the exhibit to everyone since we got back!