The author, Bob Gumson grew up on the exciting streets of his newly developing neighborhood of Canarsie, Brooklyn. As he went blind in childhood, he never let vision loss get in the way of anything. He was taught that blindness was an inconvenience not a sentence. He leap-frogged across America, overseas and through an abundance of musical experiences and friendships. This past year he was inducted into the New York State Disability Rights Hall of Fame. His lifelong antics will have you laughing out loud, understanding the inner workings of adjusting to disability and realizing that life is filled with drive and purpose.
I met Bob Gumson in the summer of 1972 at Syracuse University where we were both attending a six-week orientation for visually impaired college students. With his charismatic personality, Bob soon set the pace for the social scene at this program, and I was happy to have been included in that circle. A couple of years later, after realizing that my initial college choice wasn’t a good fit, it was through my growing friendship with Bob that I chose to transfer to Harpur College. I fondly recall several of the incidents he relates during our undergraduate years there. This riveting yet introspective autobiography comprises a rich tapestry of vividly remembered experiences which, taken together, have made Bob the accomplished, self-assured man he is today.
— John McCann, Former Virginia Commissioner for the Blind
In Blind Sight is such a delightful and unexpected collection of stories. While there were times his disability proved to be a barrier, as Bob Gumson eloquently notes and his memories demonstrate, it seemed more often “the spark that gives a twist to otherwise ordinary circumstances.” It is no wonder that Bob’s experiences and network of endearing friends, family and peers led him to the world of independent living.
— Lindsay Miller, Executive Director of the New York Association on Independent Living