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The Blind Can Do

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Sound | 1960s

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  •  Young adults with visual impairments discussing their jobs 
  •  Title Card: The Blind Can Do? 
  •  Students being given tests to determine ability 
  •  Importance of independence 
  •  Learning of daily skills 
  •  The abilites of children with visual impairment 
  •  Different vocational and everyday skills that students were introduced to 
  •  Student work in canteen 
  •  Developing of job opportunites 
  •  Students performing a mock interview 
  •  Student working in an office and sitting in on a career day meeting with other students 
  •  The importance of students with visual impairments going to college 
  •  Employers discussing the students who work for them 
  •  Student, Michelle, being shown around where she will work 
  •  Student, Jeff, discussing getting to work by bus, by himself 
  •  Discussing how visually impaired students could easily join in other vocational programs 
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The Blind Can Do documents an experimental summer program provided through the Texas School for the Blind in the 1960s to increase visually impaired students' independence and self-confidence. Students participated in intelligence tests written especially for the visually impaired and designed to discover their individual abilities and limitations. Based on their individual abilities, participants in the program were given training in daily-living and work skills, as well as hands-on training at local Austin businesses. The film has some noteworthy members on the production crew. Lou Perryman, an actor whose filmograpy includes Last Night at the Alamo and small roles in Poltergeist, The Blues Brothers, and Boys Don't Cry is part of the production unit. The soudtrack was done by Jim Schulman, who played the role of Jim in Tobe Hooper's 1969 film, Eggshells.