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The Be My Eyes Podcast

Be My Eyes, Will Butler
28 episodes
The Be My Eyes Podcast is about blindness, sight and the sometimes blurry in-between. On this bi-weekly podcast, Will from Be My Eyes talks to interesting and insightful individuals from the blind community to see the world through their eyes. Whether you are sighted, blind or low-vision, tune in to learn much more about accessibility, life with a vision impairment and other exciting topics from the people who know most about it.

Disclaimer: the content and artwork of this podcast are the property of its owner and are not affiliated with nor endorsed by Audiotrails.

What's it Like to Get Your Vision Back?

This week is a collaboration with the 13 Letters Podcast : From having his story written in Crashing Through to founding Accessible GPS company Sendero, Mike May has been a household name in the world of access and inclusion for decades. Mike joins us this week to talk about what it was like to…

The First Deafblind Actor to Attend the Oscars

When Robert Tarango was cast to star in Doug Roland's short film Feeling Through , he was a kitchen assistant at the Helen Keller National Center. On Sunday, he'll walk down the red carpet at the 93rd Academy Awards. Here's his story – and why it's so important for the future of inclusion in film …

How do Blind People Shop for Groceries?

Some of our favorite podcast guests share their tips and tricks for shopping blind at the grocery store.

Inside the Mind of a Blind Psychologist

Blind psychologist Heidi Joshi gives advice for better mental health, finding the right therapist and her own experience navigating the medical profession.

White Canes and Guide Dogs: What's Actually the Difference?

Bryan Bashin (LightHouse for the Blind and Visualy Impaired, San Francisco) and Theresa Stern (Guide Dogs for the Blind) sit down to debate the merits, drawbacks, pros and cons of white canes and guide dogs.

How do Blind People Skateboard?

Blind skateboarder Dan Mancina talks about how he gained confidence as a skater, his career as a pro skate team and the normal everyday struggles that make him no different than anyone else.

Growing Up Blind with a Sighted Mom

Kristin Smedley, author of  Thriving Blind and founder of the new Assistive Tech Tank accelerator program, has a simple message: It's not blind peoples' responsibility to make the world more accessible, it's the responsibility of everyone to be inclusive. Kristin raised her two boys, Mitchell an…

Blind Film Club: Does Al Pacino Play a Good Blind Guy?

Will Butler, Andrew Leland, Sheri Wells-Jensen, and Byron Harden join forces for the premiere of Season 3 to review the Oscar-winning drama, Scent of a Woman . The film starred Al Pacino as an infamous, grumpy blind man set against the world and starring alongside a young Chris O'Donnell. The ques…

Can Blindness Be Funny?

For centuries, people have been laughing at caricatures of blindness in TV, film and entertainment – but how often are they laughing with us? Amir Rahimi has begun exploring the art of standup comedy as a fledgling comic in the Washington, DC comedy scene. Rahimi became blind as a teenager, and aft…

She Didn't Know She Was Blind

What’s it like to hide your blindness from the world? Or not even know you’re blind in the first place? Caroline Casey was in denial for the first 28 years of her life. Her parents never told her she was legally blind, and by the time she got into the working world, she didn’t know how to be open a…

Exploring the Senses with a Blind Chemist

Growing up in the rolling hills of Northern California, Hoby Wedler always had a passion for exploration. Blind since birth and profoundly curious, Hoby explored phenomena small and large. He hiked mountains and rode bikes through rural landscapes. He learned about the plumbing and electrical wirin…

Deaf-blind in the White House

This week: a very special interview from the 13 Letters Podcast. 'Fearless' is a word many would use to describe Haben Girma, the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School. A disability rights lawyer, memoir author, and public speaker, Haben has certainly pushed the boundaries of how society…

How Blind Folks Dealing with the Pandemic?

In the last two weeks, the whole world has changed. The global economy has all but slammed to a halt, people are locked in their houses and not allowed to leave except for essential tasks, and the self-isolation has presented humans with a whole new set of challenges they probably never imagined ha…

Sounds Ambitious

What would you do with $25,000? That's what the Holman Prize is all about. Any blind or visually impaired adult in the world can apply – and every year, the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco grants the Holman Prize to three lucky individuals. Initial submissions for th…

Best Apps, Wearables and the Future of Blind Tech

Podcasters Robin Christopherson (Dot to Dot) and Steven Scott (Double Tap Canada) join forces every week on RNIB Connect radio to talk tech. Both longtime tech early adopters and well-known voices of the UK’s visually impaired community, the two are opinionated, adamant and any other adjective you …

Is the Music Industry Accessible?

Byron Harden has a mission: to teach as many blind people as possible to work in recording studios, produce music and edit audio like pros. Working in the music industry might seem like a natural for the visually impaired, but the truth is huge barriers still remain – and Byron runs the only school…

Blind Girls Can Do Their Own Makeup

Confident; in control; beautiful. Are these words you associate with blindness? When Lucy Edwards became blind in 2013, she didn’t. Over the last five years, though, she’s become the first blind ambassador for Cover Girl, an accomplished journalist, and built up a considerable following on her YouT…

Two Blind Brothers Running a Clothing Company

Two Blind Brothers are "obsessed with soft." The 34 and 27 year old entrepreneurs have Stargardt disease, which gradually reduces the central vision and results in functional blindness. and they quit their day jobs a few years ago to pursue 2BB full time as a social enterprise. We caught up with th…

Hollywood's Go-to Blindness Consultant Has a Big New Show

99% of the word can see, 1% can not –– but what if it were the other way around? That’s the premise of Apple’s first original fantasy TV series, “See,” which premiered in November on their new streaming video platform, TV+. In order to tell the story of a world that has evolved to live entirely wit…

Can Blind Artists Compete with Those Who Can See?

Blind artists are often lauded for “continuing to work” despite their disability, but can they compete alongside artists who can see? Has a blind artist ever really “made it” in the art world? How about Claude Monet? Emilie Gossiaux rose to national attention when an Episode of Radiolab chronicled …

Why You Should Meet More Blind People

Ask Mark Riccobono for one piece of advice, he will reliably say: meet blind people. This isn’t about sight loss support groups or intensive training – it’s about finding people you respect, who you can laugh with, adventure with, and support you as you combat the many barriers to access that will …

How Do You “Watch” Your Kids If You Can’t See Them?

Stacy Cervenka joins Will and Julia from Lincoln, Nebraska for our second episode in a series about blind parenting. Stacy is not only an awesome mom, but is also the Director of Public Policy at the American Foundation for the Blind and the founder of the Blind Travelers Network, a community for b…

What Blind People Need to Succeed at Work

When starting a new job, you want to know what you’ll need to succeed. If you’re blind, an accessible workplace is essential, but rarely a given. Where does accessibility start in the workplace? Creating a culture of inclusion among employees is one thing; Giving hiring managers or recruiters the t…

The Blind Cannabis Farmer

Although its use and commerce are legalized in several parts of the U.S., it is still slightly taboo. For Rob Trotter, it’s his passion. When it comes to cannabis cultivation, he’s your guy. Rob is the owner and founder and Pot Zero , Colorado’s most organic weed farm. Will and I invited him on fo…

What Tools do Blind People Need in the Digital Age?

Technology is a world of possibility. It offers greater knowledge, ease, and access, these days in the palm of our hand. If you're a blind or low vision consumer with a smartphone, you can use it to get visual information on demand – whether from a robot or a real person. Chancey Fleet is a tech ed…

How This Blind Dad Prepared Himself For Fatherhood

How do you prepare to be a first-time parent? Taking on the role of raising a human being is pretty daunting. Developmental psychologists preach a multitude of different parenting approaches, there are tons of gadgets and gear out there, podcasts to listen to, advice columns to read, support groups…

Why I Stand Up Straight and Run Fast

We live in a sighted world. What does that mean for blind kids who are learning about the world? What is the best way to teach blind kids? What are the most important skills for blind kids to learn? Is it better to learn from sighted teachers or be taught by teachers who already live non-visually? …

How Do You Watch Movies if You Can’t See?

Why don’t we see more blind people in movies? How are people with a visual impairment or blindness portrayed when we do? Hold on a second — can blind people watch movies at all? Yes. And how we represent and reflect people in films matters. Expert Cathy Kudlick joins Hans and I for a discussion abo…