While scrolling through Twitter this evening, I came across a post from a fellow blogger saying how excited her daughter was to see a blind character on TV. This brought me up short: when was the last time I saw a blind character on a TV show? Postman Pat, Peanut’s current show of choice, has a child in a wheelchair, but so far, no one with a long white cane. I don’t remember seeing anyone with a cane on Thomas and Friends, Bob the Builder, or even on Sesame Street. Where are the strong blind role models for my admittedly tv-obsessed child?
I did a quick search on the internet prior to writing this post, and I can’t say that the results are very inspiring. Most of the results seem to be of the “blind seer” variety, although some of those seers, such as Pam on Supernatural, seriously kick @ss. There’s little that’s recent, and nothing that’s really appropriate for a 4-year-old boy.
Does anyone have suggestions for good shows with at least one strong blind character for my little guy?