BLIND PERSON IN COVERT AFFAIRS
Posted 03 September 2010 - 03:23 PM
Posted 03 September 2010 - 04:08 PM
THANK YOU to Chris Gorham, cast, and crew for the GREAT way that all of you are handling having a blind person in the series. ..
Thanks for your input, and glad to hear your cheers for Gorham's portrayal of a blind man done well.
Got a kick out of your video ("butterfly equals a fire-breathing dragon" LOL) - enjoyed the Thor vid, too (he's a talkative one!).
My #1 fave series these days is "Haven" and wow, if they didn't have a blind man being pushed around by the arm in a recent episode. It was very strange to see it on a current series as I anticipate most productions doing minimal research, at the very least, if necessary.
Anyway, totally agree that Gorham and all have done a great job!
Edited by leejixiken, 03 September 2010 - 04:09 PM.
Posted 20 June 2011 - 10:22 AM
Chris Gorham got some intensive blind-skills training at CNIB for this role, and his hard work shows.
He does an *excellent* job of portraying a blind person realistically. He and the Covert Affairs writers make Auggie easily the most authentic and multidimensional blind character ever on TV. Chris knows this:
To walk with a sighted guide, the blind person takes the SIGHTED person's arm - not the other way around. Otherwise, the blind person would feel yanked around and shoved through space by someone, without being able to get their bearings. For details on proper technique, see the links below. (In some countries it's called 'sighted lead' but in the USA we tend to call it 'sighted guide.') If the blind person is using their cane to navigate and a sighed friend wants to tag along, fine; the sighted person can hold onto the blind person for companionship/intimacy reasons. But that's not guiding. That's just walking together, while the blind person navigates on his/her own in the usual way.
((Maybe I should post these tidbits on a Haven forum, but that episode is over, so can't rectify it now.))