Andrew Leland shares a deeply personal story of losing his vision due to retinitis pigmentosa. He shares some of the challenges and necessary adjustments that come with acquiring with his gradual disability. With courage and humor, Andrew navigates the complex emotional terrain of coming to terms with his changing abilities and sheds light on what can be found when losing sight.
In this episode, you will be able to:
- More deeply understand the journey of acquiring a disability
- Understand the nature of identity and how it changes throughout stages of life
- Develop compassion and curiosity for those with with unique challenges
- Identify what it means to balance independence and interdependance
- Foster better communication for those living with differing abilities
Andrew Leland is the author of The Country of the Blind: A Memoir at the End of Sight , which was longlisted for the 2023 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. It was also named by Publishers Weekly as one of the ten best books of the year. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, McSweeney’s Quarterly, and The San Francisco Chronicle, among other outlets. From 2013-2019, he hosted and produced The Organist, an arts and culture podcast, for KCRW; he has also produced pieces for Radiolab and 99 Percent Invisible. He has been an editor at The Believer since 2003.
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