Going Blind in New York City

Going Blind in New York City

With almost no vision, she learned to navigate the avenues.

Actress Elizabeth Savage moved to New York City 20 years ago, knowing her vision was badly compromised by uveitis.

But she was determined not to let her disability get in the way of pursuing her dreams.

“I had a decent string of roles Off Broadway, and I could say I lived the dream. But as I recently stood at the corner of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, I realized I could no longer read the signs. Was I at 43rd or 45th Street?” she wrote in today’s New York Times.

“When you can’t see, you find ways to survive. You count streets. (It’s four blocks between Jane Street and West 11th.) You learn the best exit to get off the subway to bring you to the correct corner, and which side of the street has odd numbers.

“You learn the flow of traffic: Sixth, Eighth and Tenth Avenues go uptown. You always leave early because you’ll probably get lost.”

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