Robert Branco is a life-long resident of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Legally blind since birth, Robert attended “sight-saving classes” in the public school system until his parents learned of the Perkins School for the Blind.
Robert has since self-published four books, including one chronicling his life at Perkins, two collections of essays, and a cookbook.
He is currently the publisher of the online newsletter Consumer Vision Magazine and the president of a bowling league for disabled persons.
He also loves sharing his views on numerous issues pertaining to blindness, including legislation, discrimination, employment, adaptive technology, and myths about the visually impaired.
People have lots of questions about the blind. These include what was it like growing up without sight, how did it feel going away to a special school at the age of 12, what was it like living at Perkins School, and so much more.
My life experiences have convinced me that there are many people who simply do not feel comfortable asking these kinds of questions, but who really are interested in knowing the answers.
If you, as a sighted person, have ever wondered what a blind person is capable of doing, the answer is that we’re no different from the sighted. What we don’t know, we are taught.
Books by Robert
1. What We Love to Eat
A cookbook featuring recipes which were all contributed by blind individuals.
This is available only from the author; see below for contact information.
2. My Home Away from Home: Life at Perkins School for the Blind
Here, Robert takes you along on his eight-year journey through Perkins. He shares his perceptions of how significant changes in legislation and policies like “mainstreaming” affected his school experience. He also shares his daily experiences, such as cottage life, academics, extracurricular activities, and the inevitable high-jinks that all adolescents experience.
3. As I See It: From a Blind Man’s Perspective
In this book, Robert discusses numerous issues pertaining to blindness, including legislation, discrimination, employment, myths about blindness, and adaptive technology. This second edition includes two dozen new essays on website accessibility, relationships, Beep Baseball, personal care issues, and much more.
4. Weighing Things Up: Essays on Trends, Technology, and Present-Day Society
This book includes 30 essays on issues pertaining to blindness and the blind, then another 73 short essays having to do with bureaucracy, holidays, legislation, politics, sports, scams, technology, and social issues. Numerous editor’s notes and links to articles add more information and occasionally a different point of view.
Note: All the books except the cookbook are available in e-book and print formats from Amazon, Smashwords, and numerous other online selling sites. For more details, cover images, free text previews, and buying links, see the author’s book-related website, which is the first of the two websites listed below.
You can hear Robert at the links below.
Robert T. Branco
359 Coggeshall St.
New Bedford, MA 02746
His two websites: