Comments: 1147 • Responses: 71 • Date: 2012-10-21 01:47:56 UTCsource
graeleight365 karma2012-10-21 02:53:04 UTC
Does he play a mean Pinball?
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Lirsh222 karma2012-10-21 02:59:49 UTC
I just let him try on my iPhone , he got a respectable 21,100
FuckedUpMyLife44 karma2012-10-21 05:35:49 UTC
Came here to ask this. Guess I am not the only old fart on Reddit.
tawling79 karma2012-10-21 08:09:59 UTC
You don't have to be an old fart to listen to great music.
Lirsh215 karma2012-10-21 12:46:04 UTC
"Most of the time you fart while listening to music"
Sparta209435349 karma2012-10-21 05:37:31 UTC
How can he tell the difference between dreams and real life?
Lirsh826 karma2012-10-21 05:40:17 UTC
Sparta209435336 karma2012-10-21 05:44:50 UTC
I cant answer that:(
Lirsh474 karma2012-10-21 05:49:43 UTC
Neither can he
flagamuffin91 karma2012-10-21 10:04:25 UTC
what the flying fuck why can't i come up with an answer to this that makes sense
Lirsh123 karma2012-10-21 11:21:48 UTC
See, it's a legitimate question now
cole2buhler10 karma2012-10-21 15:39:26 UTC
how often does a flying monkey throw plates at you, in reality?
Lirsh22 karma2012-10-21 15:44:28 UTC
"Enough that I've needed to get a holding (I think restraining) order on it"
[deleted]238 karma2012-10-21 01:55:15 UTC
When you jack off, do you think of Helen Keller?
Lirsh298 karma2012-10-21 02:31:25 UTC
He laughed, don't worry
fecalmatterplatter56 karma2012-10-21 09:15:36 UTC
Seriously though, what does he jerk off to?
jeh506100 karma2012-10-21 12:27:30 UTC
Porn For The Blind I suppose...
Lirsh55 karma2012-10-21 15:09:15 UTC
Vladlen92213 karma2012-10-21 04:16:51 UTC
1.Is he excited that due to modern science one there is the possibility he could see and even speak again?
For TV, does you said you have to describe a lot of stuff for him, does he not use/not like the DV Audio (Description for people who are visually impaired)?
Does he workout or run, and if so how does that work, is it more difficult or more or less the same?
Lirsh120 karma2012-10-21 04:22:50 UTC
First off, he said great question, +1 karma for you,
Second, no, DV audio isn't that adaptable to him, it sometimes uses colors and that makes him unhappy, and for the most part he doesn't ask about to many things, and I've learned to describe it singe understands.
Now to the exercise, he can run if someone is holdin on to him, he can use treadmills under supervision, stuff like that
DesireenGreen204 karma2012-10-21 04:31:04 UTC
What's been the hardest thing for him so far?
Lirsh599 karma2012-10-21 04:33:32 UTC
Not being able to remember what his parents look like
tillerwills147 karma2012-10-21 05:08:02 UTC
Does he have a crush on anyone? (personality wise obviously)
Lirsh366 karma2012-10-21 05:14:51 UTC
He's not telling me, which I assume yes
tillerwills225 karma2012-10-21 05:25:31 UTC
i believe in his lady slaying skills
Lirsh513 karma2012-10-21 05:29:38 UTC
So do I, because he is blind he is allowed to ask girls to feel their face, and his hands may "accidentally" go low to start with, and the girl never cares. He a lucky man
P2000Camaro366 karma2012-10-21 08:03:17 UTC
BRB. Poking my eyes out.
Lirsh300 karma2012-10-21 11:37:42 UTC
He says you'd think it's great but not worth it
chrismuthadamnsipe142 karma2012-10-21 05:29:26 UTC
How do you know when to stop wiping?
Lirsh286 karma2012-10-21 05:32:55 UTC
And I quote "Go to bed, you're either tired or drunk", but to answer , you just keep wiping till you are sure
corrodesnudo138 karma2012-10-21 05:45:17 UTC
Question for friend. Did you have a background in ASL before befriending Brendan or did you learn it for (or with) him? If you learned it for him that makes you even more of a badass friend than I thought.
Thanks for the AMA, by the way. It's the most interesting one I've read in quite some time.
Lirsh326 karma2012-10-21 05:50:34 UTC
I started learning when I was 6 after realizing that I could never understand my friend again
Cinema1996136 karma2012-10-21 01:58:02 UTC
What does he see in his dreams? I've always been curious about this.
Lirsh236 karma2012-10-21 02:00:45 UTC
Just light an dark, and "stuff". He can't describe it since he can't remember seeing much, he never learned colors
stochastic_forests100 karma2012-10-21 03:42:08 UTC
How did he go about learning sign language when he can't see?
Lirsh130 karma2012-10-21 04:05:06 UTC
Your hands are moved for you, it took him 5 years to start being fluent, and he still has trouble, if you check I have left some things how he signed them to show this fact
nrshaffer2192 karma2012-10-21 04:22:08 UTC
Are artificial eyes/vocal chords a possibility for him in the future?
Lirsh154 karma2012-10-21 04:25:56 UTC
Eyes are not, when he is 18, he is allowed to sign up for a vocal cord transplant (or insert)
corrodesnudo79 karma2012-10-21 05:40:33 UTC
Why does he have to wait to be 18 to sign up for a vocal cord transplant? This sounds like they are taking "children should be seen and not heard" far too literally.
Lirsh116 karma2012-10-21 05:46:22 UTC
There's stuff in law that makes it difficult for kids to get transplants, plus when he's 18 he'll be growing less so they don't have to worry about that, that way his wick cords won tear
Indrus_au161 karma2012-10-21 06:48:34 UTC
Speech Pathologist here.
The larynx, where the vocal cords are housed is not fully matured until around 20-25 years old. Any growth of that area could lead to tearing of the transplanted vocal cords, so typically a recipient needs to be older. I'm not sure about the legal side (also I'm Australian so it's different here).
I'd be very interested to know if he has had any speech-language pathology intervention growing up, and if yes, what kind and for how long.
Lirsh75 karma2012-10-21 06:57:16 UTC
He says thank you, and he'll find out
vvppaall62 karma2012-10-21 05:14:01 UTC
Why are artificial eyes not an option? Is there no such a thing, or is it a difficult procedure? I am complete ignorant about this.
Lirsh131 karma2012-10-21 05:26:12 UTC
it is to dangerous for how much he cares about seeing (not a big deal)
Stef4185 karma2012-10-21 05:18:40 UTC
Hi Brendan, thanks for taking the time to do this interesting AMA! My question is more directed at your friend that is here typing for you: do you notice Brendan having extremely good hearing? My close friend is blind and she can hear EVERYTHING; it amazes me how heightened her hearing sense is! It's obvious as to why it would increase in sensitivity, but it just fascinates me to no end and never fails to surprise me. She'll hear the tiniest things that I never pick up on. Do you notice anything similar with Brendan?
Lirsh343 karma2012-10-21 05:24:34 UTC
Yes, he can hear the smallest things, it's really funy because he has a cat, and as you all know seein how thisnisnteddit after all, cats can hear the faintest thig and they'll turn their head, he does the exact same thing. So there will be a sound I can't hear, but he and his cat both turn their heads to the same exact spot which is pretty funny
yacht_boy67 karma2012-10-21 01:55:57 UTC
What's are the things that are hard for him to do and what things can he do that would surprise us?
Lirsh213 karma2012-10-21 01:59:42 UTC
He's amazingly good at the piano, eating meals is probably the most frustrating thing he says, you would think its easy, but not being able to sea food (yes he signed it that way) is very annoying. Otherwise, he says he is ok with just about everything else, he wishes he could watch TV, play video games, see a cat, and small things like that
spin182119 karma2012-10-21 12:10:13 UTC
"see a cat", spoken like a true reddditor.
Lirsh68 karma2012-10-21 12:16:14 UTC
He has a cat as I mentioned before, let's just say that cat has been takin crazy pills way to long
themanof3940 karma2012-10-21 05:54:13 UTC
Can you show us a clip of him playing pano?
Lirsh86 karma2012-10-21 05:55:14 UTC
Sure, give us a day, he's staying at my house for the weekend and I don't own a piano
Attackoftheglobules67 karma2012-10-21 10:02:04 UTC
No, the man wants to see a pano being played
Lirsh69 karma2012-10-21 11:20:55 UTC
Oh, we'd have to go buy a pano, unless someone here has one for rent?
yacht_boy30 karma2012-10-21 06:29:09 UTC
Would be awesome to see a video of him playing piano. This is the first ama that I've gotten a reply to. Thanks for taking the time to translate and type it out.
Lirsh42 karma2012-10-21 06:30:58 UTC
no problem, we're trying to reply to everyone
Gan0n57 karma2012-10-21 04:57:10 UTC
What are your favorite foods? What is particularly easy to eat?
Lirsh141 karma2012-10-21 05:00:44 UTC
Steak is his favourite, anything that is easy to stab with a fork
creamcup46 karma2012-10-21 07:13:06 UTC
How does he like his steak done?
Lirsh96 karma2012-10-21 07:13:44 UTC
xxblueyedgrlxx56 karma2012-10-21 05:26:23 UTC
Weird and personal question but I'm curious to know.... most guys are turned on from things they see (boobs, but, etc). So what turns you on? I won't be insulted if I don't get an answer, I'd be pretty uncomfortable answering that
Lirsh78 karma2012-10-21 05:32:15 UTC
He says sorry, but if you want that answer you'd need to send us a message, he'll answer I there, not on this thread though
The_Derpening50 karma2012-10-21 02:10:04 UTC
What caused him to go blind and mute when he was three?
Since he had some experience with sight and speech, does he ever miss it?
If he were to actually try to talk right now, what would it sound like?
Lirsh58 karma2012-10-21 02:20:09 UTC
Genetics degenitory disease
Bass_to_the_Max45 karma2012-10-21 02:07:20 UTC
How does he function at school? And does he have to have someone with him all the time or can he do things alone?
Lirsh67 karma2012-10-21 02:29:59 UTC
Someone is with him at all times assisting him.
Bass_to_the_Max46 karma2012-10-21 03:04:38 UTC
Thank you for the reply. And good luck too him. I know it can be hard with even a single disability. My friends mom is deaf and I can only just barley communicate with her and can't comprehend the trouble it is. Let alone blind and mute. Best of luck :)
Lirsh216 karma2012-10-21 03:08:11 UTC
He says thank you very much fish_to_the_top, that's that he signed
ItsBrine44 karma2012-10-21 03:29:09 UTC
Can he laugh? I don't understand the whole vocal cords thing.
Lirsh104 karma2012-10-21 03:35:26 UTC
He can laugh, but it's just wind, he can't make sound anything other than like whistling(he's great at it) and breathing
WhoFan38 karma2012-10-21 14:09:03 UTC
Has he ever tried talking through his whistling? When I whistle, I can control the amount of air to create sounds that 'somewhat' sound like speech. And the tongue controls so much of speech (instead of just vocal chords), can't he make Tuh and Puh and Kuh sounds with his lips and tongue?
I mean, it's no way perfect by any stretch the least bit. Would have to do it slow. But you never know with practice. Maybe get half words out?
Lirsh45 karma2012-10-21 14:27:34 UTC
he had never thought to try that
thclvr140 karma2012-10-21 04:01:49 UTC
Does he ever just listen to TV?
Lirsh80 karma2012-10-21 04:08:26 UTC
Yes, we have to give extra details sometimes, but he likes the news and more informational pieces of television
skeena124 karma2012-10-21 06:06:21 UTC
Does "descriptive video" on TV help? You know where someone narrates the action on the screen? It seems like their voice combined with the dialogue would be difficult to follow.
Lirsh44 karma2012-10-21 06:11:38 UTC
He said it is
CS0137 karma2012-10-21 06:01:56 UTC
what would be his ideal girlfriend? :)
Lirsh112 karma2012-10-21 06:24:28 UTC
Someone who accepts him as who he is, she is nice, "she got a nice rack" she's got a sense of humor, and she would or coul learn ASL
CS0172 karma2012-10-21 10:06:34 UTC
Awesome. I fit the criteria. <3
Lirsh155 karma2012-10-21 11:22:23 UTC
He's says "Pleased to meat you"
Lampanator48 karma2012-10-21 14:17:53 UTC
Heh. He's pleased to "meat" her.
Lirsh71 karma2012-10-21 14:20:14 UTC
You got his joke
CS0138 karma2012-10-21 11:46:57 UTC
I also play drums! So if I ever visit PA we should totally write music together.
Also, if he's still single by 30, he should contact me. I'll come for a visit. XD
Lirsh44 karma2012-10-21 11:53:59 UTC
Ok, I'll tell him
Pessime19 karma2012-10-21 15:13:48 UTC
If he ends up gettin laid in the future, make another post!!
Lirsh25 karma2012-10-21 15:18:29 UTC
Ok, he said will be done
WNCaptain35 karma2012-10-21 03:20:14 UTC
I heard that blind people see nothing. By nothing, I mean like seeing out of your elbow nothing.
Is this true?
Lirsh211 karma2012-10-21 03:26:40 UTC
He sees what I'm assuming are different shades of "grey" like brighter and darker, and I might as well say it. He can see 50 shades of grey
McFistykins11 karma2012-10-21 14:19:27 UTC
My Grandma lost her sight when she was in her 20-30's so she does remember color and such. She told me that all she sees are different shades of grey, and that is no joke.
Lirsh17 karma2012-10-21 14:39:12 UTC
Told you all
billymule33 karma2012-10-21 06:47:25 UTC
How did you guys meet? What were the initial interactions like? What are his social interactions like in school?
Very interesting AMA, thank you very much!
Lirsh82 karma2012-10-21 06:52:08 UTC
I was friends with him before he lost his sight and voice. After he lost his Sight and Voice i would try and visit him almost everyday in the hospital (which he was in for 6 months) after which i wasn't able to see him for 6 more months, after that, we could meet again, and i started to realize i couldn't ever be able to understand what he was trying to say. So then I also started learning American Sign Language.
Normally Either a teacher, my other friend, or I accompany him around school so he can communicate, and like i said before, if someone messes with him, I mess with them.
NYPorkDept33 karma2012-10-21 04:43:28 UTC
Is his handwriting legible? Like would he be able to have a conversation with someone who doesn't know sign language by writing? How does he use Reddit?
Lirsh62 karma2012-10-21 04:47:24 UTC
I read reddit to him, along with his parents, and his dog has a piece of paper explains some easy commands he will sign if no one is around. he can not write
MrSm1lez59 karma2012-10-21 08:05:04 UTC
Oh dear god I couldn't handle my parents reading Reddit to me...So much awkward.
sub_xerox249 karma2012-10-21 08:55:50 UTC
"Well son, the next link is titled "[F]irst time, be gentle"
signs - "Yeah, open that one!"
Lirsh146 karma2012-10-21 12:53:30 UTC
Haha, that made him laugh so much
cherchellito933 karma2012-10-21 02:50:57 UTC
Why were his vocal cords removed?
Lirsh44 karma2012-10-21 02:52:29 UTC
YellowFeverBeaver32 karma2012-10-21 05:16:49 UTC
msg me when he is 18 and ill make sure to get him a massage in chinatown
edit1: on ya, in NYC...dunno where you are.
Lirsh34 karma2012-10-21 05:21:50 UTC
Philadelphia surrounding area is all we're saying
ckypop32 karma2012-10-21 04:09:36 UTC
What does he do in his free time (e-books, books in Braille, etc?) and how much assistance does he require for doing everyday things?
EDIT: Has he smoked weed or done any other psychedelic substances? If yes, what was it like?
Lirsh100 karma2012-10-21 04:14:57 UTC
He isn't very good at learning Braille, he says it's all just bumps to him, so he gets audio books, he loves playing instruments, listen ing to music, Pandora especially, stuff like that
P.S. between you all and me, he is scary good at pool (billards) for not being able to see
EDIT1: he has not done drugs
redlinezo667 karma2012-10-21 06:17:26 UTC
Not gunna lie, If I got beat at pool by a blind guy I would... well I don't know what I'd do. Something drastic and ridiculous.
Lirsh221 karma2012-10-21 06:20:22 UTC
Like flip a pool table?
maltesa31 karma2012-10-21 06:59:37 UTC
Well I just went through the thread.. First off, you're a really amazing friend. I wish I had friends like you who would be as understanding as you are... seesh. I hope you guys get to got to a Coldplay concert. While it is visually very fun, it can be fun for a blind person too! They have this confetti that blows out and it can be interesting to feel it fall around you while you listen to Every Teardrop.
Anyways, I'm just curious, what is your buddy planning on doing when he graduates high school? You're older than him by a year, so you're going to graduate sooner. Obviously, he has his family to help him. Is he going to college? Any career path? Gonna say 'screw that' and run off to Switzerland?
Answer whatever you're comfortable answering, and thanks.
Lirsh53 karma2012-10-21 07:02:27 UTC
We have gone to two, One in Camden NJ, the other in Philadelphia PA. He said that colleges offer opportunities for him, and there is support for him. Like he said before he wants to help other people with disabilities when he is out of college. He also said he doesn't think Switzerland is very blind person friendly with all the mountains
blueangel1930 karma2012-10-21 06:34:07 UTC
I don't mean to be rude but how does he go to the restroom? Does someone help him? Like you?
Lirsh82 karma2012-10-21 06:42:16 UTC
No, I dont help him, the dog does
hsvp27 karma2012-10-21 01:49:01 UTC
How much money he got in his wallet?
Lirsh61 karma2012-10-21 01:49:45 UTC
None, others carry it around for him
PixelCookie32 karma2012-10-21 04:09:50 UTC
Does he always have others with him? Has he considered getting a service pet?
Lirsh100 karma2012-10-21 04:11:40 UTC
He has a German Shepard
TheNotUptightMe26 karma2012-10-21 05:44:06 UTC
Is the dog coming to school with him? Are they such an independant team that he can go out alone with the dog? And before you said he can only run when holding onto someone. Why?
Lirsh50 karma2012-10-21 05:47:51 UTC
Sort of, it's easier when Simone else is there
movenine25 karma2012-10-21 08:52:46 UTC
In what language/sign language do you think?
Lirsh23 karma2012-10-21 12:50:36 UTC
He says he never thought about it, but he thinks it might actually be in ASL, like he sees signing in his head, great question
evil_monk25 karma2012-10-21 06:35:17 UTC
Are you good at math?
Lirsh44 karma2012-10-21 06:42:39 UTC
Nioxa25 karma2012-10-21 03:20:28 UTC
What do you do for a living? Or are you a student?
Lirsh44 karma2012-10-21 03:25:02 UTC
LMRGg24 karma2012-10-21 03:55:36 UTC
What does he want to do after his scolarity?
Lirsh63 karma2012-10-21 04:03:36 UTC
He would like to work with others with communication impairments
Theshli24 karma2012-10-21 04:45:51 UTC
How does he learn pieces for the piano?
Lirsh64 karma2012-10-21 04:50:13 UTC
By hearing them first
A1steaksa19 karma2012-10-21 04:56:37 UTC
What is your favorite sensation?
Lirsh28 karma2012-10-21 05:00:12 UTC
He wants to know what you mean by this?
A1steaksa17 karma2012-10-21 05:02:57 UTC
Of all the things hes smelled, felt, heard or any other sense, which is his favorite.
Lirsh146 karma2012-10-21 05:06:02 UTC
Sound, he said he believes that sound lets you see the world through the eyes of Earth.
Not exactly sure what it means but interpret how you like
opie9215 karma2012-10-21 17:58:08 UTC
Are you being held against your will by this karma greeding man? If so tap your feet twice.
Lirsh19 karma2012-10-21 18:03:00 UTC
fritos4life15 karma2012-10-21 04:46:32 UTC
A couple of questions.
Lirsh33 karma2012-10-21 04:51:36 UTC
Fanta (Orange Soda)
Music, but if that doesn't count, then science
Fali9514 karma2012-10-21 04:01:22 UTC
how does he communicate with people?
Lirsh31 karma2012-10-21 04:08:45 UTC
American Sign Language
undergradpepper26 karma2012-10-21 06:35:31 UTC
i assume that acronym confuses people
Lirsh25 karma2012-10-21 06:43:24 UTC
Yes, seeing how the ibternet corrupts
jimithecat13 karma2012-10-21 04:41:17 UTC
Does he listen to sports and if so or if not, has anyone ever explained to rules of different games such as soccer (football), rugby, or tennis? What is Brendan's favorite thing to do in his spare time?
Lirsh48 karma2012-10-21 04:49:39 UTC
Yes, he listens to baseball, soccer and football, his dad explained all the rules to him.
He likes to play instruments in his free time, or listen to music or have someone read him reddit
maltesa55 karma2012-10-21 06:52:14 UTC
Do you sit and read him reddit? You get internet cookies, man. Lots of internet cookies.
Lirsh95 karma2012-10-21 06:55:00 UTC
PineappleResearchEnt9 karma2012-10-21 03:25:46 UTC
What is your favorite band/ song? Also, what is your favorite piece to play on the piano ? You having no negative putlook on life really helps my feels, so thank you.
Lirsh38 karma2012-10-21 03:31:50 UTC
Favourite song is Every Teardrop is a Waterfall by Coldplay, and he loves playing Fur Elise
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