Sight Privilege and You

Anthony Butler on the New School campus.

Anthony Butler on the New School campus.

It is the spring semester of 2014, and I am currently the only undergraduate student at the New School who is blind.  At times it has proven to be very difficult: making friends has been immensely challenging, as well as finding my way around campus, or even locating an accessible computer to print my assignments. Since coming to this university, I have suffered from a number of anxiety attacks, some instances of racism, and a multitude of broken guide canes, but overall it has been one great experience. As I walk the hallways of The New School, competing to find my way on to packed elevators, dueling with other students to make that right turn on the 5th floor, I think to myself, “How can these people be so damn rude?” But then I remember, it’s not their fault.

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