Temporarily Blind

May 1974: Three students at Northeast High School in Philadelphia participated in a medical experiment in which for five days they experienced what it was like to be blind.

I'm guessing this kind of experiment would never be allowed nowadays in a high school.





Source: Temple University digital collections (image one, image two)
Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 09, 2017
Category: School, Experiments, 1970s





Comments
It seems pretty innocuous to me. Schools these days have pregnancy and infant care simulations that are supposed to influence teens to avoid pregnancy. Ironically, they seem to have the opposite effect.

As part of an orientation and mobility class that I took, I had to wear a blindfold and find my way around. Part of the exercise was what used to be called "sighted guide," wherein the blind person holds onto the arm of the guide. These days it's called "human guide" because the person you're holding onto could be blind himself. A blind student who acted as a human guide for a blindfolded sighted student described with delight how terrified the sighted student was when he led her across a Manhattan intersection.
Posted by ges on 10/09/17 at 11:16 PM
This reminds me of one of the characters from the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." series, who is blind and has the ability to teleport. The makeup for the character has the eyes covered in a similar fashion. Did any of the subjects here disappear for periods of time without explanation?
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 10/10/17 at 09:12 AM