Office of Children and Family Services

New York State Commission for the Blind

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1/4/2012

New York Daily News: Blind tour guide Frank Senior shows New Yorkers how to navigate the city in total darkness Senior

Frank Senior was born blind, but that doesn’t stop him from giving sensory tours of the city, dubbed “Dialog in the Dark,” at the South Street Seaport.

He gently guides fully-sighted people through different simulated city destinations: Central Park, a Fairway supermarket, the subway, Times Square and a coffee shop.

“It’s really to give people an idea of what it’s like to move about in a blind world, so it’s about using your other senses,” Senior, a spry 59-year-old, said in his Co-op City home. “Being blind is all about trust. You have to trust your instincts first of all, and that will help you trust the people that you run into on a day-to-day basis.”