DEDICATED TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE

Day Three – June 21 – Father’s Day

In “How Did I Do As A Blind Dad,” Mike Lambert reflects on the trials and triumphs of bringing up his sighted daughter, now a university student. “Caitlin insists that being an occasional guide always felt natural, never a chore. ‘It’s like you’re an extension of me and I have a sense of the space we’re taking up,’ she explains. I remember when she was very young, those roles were in reverse. I protected her and it felt like it was she who could be described as a natural extension of me.

David Kosub, a biomedical researcher and Federal employee, wrote “Parenting While Legally Blind: Secrets of a Visually Impaired New Dad” on Fatherly.com. His hints for new dads who are blind are written with reverence and good humor. “I sense that my newborn’s love language is touch. She cannot get enough skin-to-skin contact with mom and dad. She calms down when grasping my finger. And she zonks out when I have her in my wearable carrier. To the visually impaired new dads out there: Please wear your baby!