where he refused to use braille even though
> he knew it.
Susan: I'd call that a false pride.
Ray: There was nothing false about Sam He refused to be considered or to consider himself to be handicapped--and he wasn't. After spending my first day with him at the center for the partially sighted, I realized that I was the one who was handicapped. He was able to do things that the partially sighted weren't supposed to be able to do--effortlessly.
I do not know
> statistically how many people who learn and use
> braille when they lose sight later in life, but I
> think the numbers are low. To be able to pick up
> and read a physical book, to turn the pages, to be
> able to read without light, etc - well it was well
> worth every effort and persistence for years as I
> have found every day of my life since. This person
> you are talking about evidently had an element of
> focal vision, unless you can show that he was
> unable to read even large print at more than a
> single word at a time.
Ray: (from article)
He preferred to use what little sight he
had, even if it meant holding a book up to his
Susan: Of course, but he could still do that.
Ray: not very well--that's why he invented his first device--a primitive version of what you use today. It opened the gates to funded projects like his device worldwide. You don't know it, but your ability to participate at GHMB today is partially due to the genius and special character of Dr. Sam Genensky.
> but it is only rarely that, when the computer goes
> wrong, I've had to have yet another course of
> anti-biotics, when the prospect of not being able
> to continue dancing with the same amount of energy
> as before all come at once, I do give in to a
> moment or so of self pity.
> Stop thinking you know more about being blind than
> Oh, and by the way, people talking about the
> number of well-known people they know or are
> acquainted with has never impressed me in the way
> they think it should.
Ray: Sam's life had an especially happy ending, since the ophthalmologists at the nearby Jules Stein Eye Institute found a way to surgically partially restore Sam's eyesight. He joyfully took trips all over the world to actually see all the places he had only fantasied about for over 70 years.