14 episodes

A monthly podcast exploring self-advocacy, accessibility, friendships, and other topics relating to the experiences of blind young adults!

Legally Blonde & Blind Marissa Nissley

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 11 Ratings

A monthly podcast exploring self-advocacy, accessibility, friendships, and other topics relating to the experiences of blind young adults!

    13. Movin’ On Out: Living Independently and Navigating a New City

    13. Movin’ On Out: Living Independently and Navigating a New City

    After several months living in Georgetown, exploring D.C., using public transit, and getting lost more than a few times, Marissa discusses the unexpected challenges she encountered as a blind person navigating a new city. She shares how her attitudes towards blindness and independence have changed since moving away from home. Tune in to learn more about mobility and gain several “blind hacks” for getting around.

    Key Points:

    0:00 - Intro!

    2:25 - Inspiration for Episode

    4:15 - Anxieties Surrounding Moving Out

    16:03 - Orientation & Mobility Training Advice

    22:00 - Tips for Transitioning to a New School/City

    29:25 - Practical Blind Hacks!

    33:45 - Reflection on the Past Year

    41:50 - Outro!

    • 42 min
    12. “Tic-Tok:” College, COVID-19, and Mental Health (feat. Jenna Giesecke)

    12. “Tic-Tok:” College, COVID-19, and Mental Health (feat. Jenna Giesecke)

    Jenna Giesecke joins Marissa to share how she developed and adapted to a tic disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic. They discuss transitioning to college, requesting accommodations, and finding a place in the disabled community. Tune in to learn more about the intersection between disability and mental health!

    • 38 min
    11. “All the Blind Ladies, Put Your Hands Up!” (feat. Mia Parra)

    11. “All the Blind Ladies, Put Your Hands Up!” (feat. Mia Parra)

    How does gender identity impact the way blind women live, work, and travel independently? In the next episode of Legally Blonde & Blind, Marisa and special guest Mia Parra discuss the intersection of gender, sexuality, and blindness. Tune in to learn how their combined identities influence how they receive help, view their appearance, approach dating, travel alone, and pursue friendships.

    WARNING: From 21:40-27:00, Mia Parra and Marissa discuss sexual harassment and assault. If you don’t want to hear about these topics, make sure to skip this segment!

    • 42 min
    10. Sharing My Story: Writing about Blindness and Disability

    10. Sharing My Story: Writing about Blindness and Disability

    In the tenth episode of Legally Blonde & Blind, Marissa discusses how inspiration porn and other narratives surrounding disability made it challenging for her to share her story. She’ll then share some writing, editing, and brainstorming tips she’s gathered along the way.

    • 29 min
    9. 1-AC: Accessibility in Speech and Debate (feat. Alanna Cronk)

    9. 1-AC: Accessibility in Speech and Debate (feat. Alanna Cronk)

    Marissa interview’s Alanna Cronk, the founder of 1AC-CESSIBILITY, They discuss how the hyper-competitive culture and inflexible, “one size fits all” structure of speech and debate harms participants, especially those who are members of marginalized communities. Learn how speech and debate tournaments can create a more welcoming environment that encourages students to prioritize their mental and physical well-being!

    • 1 hr 7 min
    8. White Hair, Don’t Care: Self Love, Acceptance & Albinism

    8. White Hair, Don’t Care: Self Love, Acceptance & Albinism

    What is albinism and what unique challenges does it present? In the eighth episode of Legally Blonde & Blind, Marissa explains how the physical appearance of people with albinism can lead to ostracization, discrimination, and low self-esteem. Tune in to learn more about how she learned to embrace her white hair, pale skin, and wiggly eyes!

    • 29 min

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11 Ratings

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