It's estimated macular degeneration affects nearly 2 million people in the United States. In this video Modie Risher, who lost his vision to the disease, talks about the lessons the blind must teach the sighted.
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In working with each other for instance if -- do you know if as a blind person if you -- if I were to -- if you said I'll help you across the street then I will teach you how to handle me. In other words, I became -- if you walk me across the street I am like the Seeing Eye though. I will pick your arm, and I will stand behind you and I will walk behind you because when you stop, I stop. Because nine times out of 10, if I'm walking -- if people want to hold person who want to -- that's no, no and they want to pull you, no you don't do that and if you do it that way you find yourself falling on your face. If we go across the street and you and I'm walking on the side of you and you step off the sidewalk I don't see the sidewalk and I am in trouble. So I walk behind you, you get to the end of this corner and you stop, but well, if I know that there is a sidewalk there and I will explain to you if you get to sidewalk, if you get the step. Let me know when you are going down, let me know when you are going up. These things that the blind person is supposed to instruct the person who's going to let them, who is going to guide them. Now, if we get to the sidewalk and this happens quite a bit. The person who is supposed to be your guide, they will walk off and leave you and walk, -- walk -- don't leave the walk and all of a sudden you miss, what are you supposed to do? Don't walk stand, stop. In other words, if you are leading me and you step up the sidewalk and you walk -- I am going to stand right there. After you listening, after while and this happens quite a bit when you are with somebody they and it's not their fault. They don't think about it and then you stop and they keep on their walk and then they remember there was somebody with me. Then they will come back and get you.

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