Karen Karsh: "Blindness is one of the scariest concepts on the planet to people who aren't blind"

This coming Monday, the American Council of the Blind of Colorado (ACBCO) challenges you to step out of your comfort zone -- and into the shoes of a visually impaired person. In honor of White Cane Day, the council is holding its first-ever Raisin' Cane event. At the crack of 8 a.m. on October 15 in Skyline Park, sighted participants will start walking down the 16th Street Mall with a cane or personal guide -- blindfolds are optional -- in a "race" to promote awareness of visual impairment, eye health and accessibility.

In advance of Raisin Cane, Westword spoke with singer-songwriter and ACBCO Board Chair Karen Karsh and the organization's executive director, Barbara Boyer, about the myths around being blind in contemporary society and the work the group does to support the community at large.

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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