Carole Blueweiss

Blind from Birth: A Stepmother Shares


Julie Burch is an accomplished author (pen name: Juliet Brilee) and stepmother to Josh, who was born blind. Now 48 years old, he lives independently with his seeing-eye dog, Lou. In this episode, Julie shares what it was like to raise a blind child. She introduces us to how she helped Josh spatially map his environment,  and talks about how the brain’s map differs for people who have vision versus people with no vision. Julie is a mindfulness coach, and she emphasizes the importance of patience, embracing “failure,” using tough love to support independence, and enhancing the senses through mindful practice.

In the next episode, Dr. Blueweiss interviews Josh, who shares his perspective on life in a world built by sighted people.


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