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Title: Going Blind 2RLSteve and Joe walk on sidewalk. Joe watches on while Steve practices using the white cane.
Episodes/Length: 1/90
Promo: :30 promo follows the program
Feed Date/Time: Friday, May 10, 2013 1400-1530ET/HD04 *Feed-For-Record*
Closed Captioned: Yes
Stereo: Yes
Format/Version: HD Upconverted Base 4:3
Aspect ratio: 4:3 Pillarbox
Suggested TV Rating: TV-G
Program Type/Topic: Documentary

Description: Going Blind: Coming out of the Dark about Vision Loss skillfully tells stories of everyday people and their heroic efforts they make to live in today’s world with vision loss. Peabody award winning Director, Joseph Lovett tells this story with a very personal appeal as he reveals his diagnosis of glaucoma, a disease that robs 4.5 million people worldwide of their vision. After years of slowly losing his sight, Joe decides to take action: to investigate how people all over the country respond to vision-loss. His search begins small, with people Joe meets on the streets of his hometown New York City and gradually leads him to places and people around the country, of all different ages and backgrounds. Each has a fascinating story about dealing with the vision loss caused by sight-robbing diseases, infections and accidents. Going Blind interweaves Joe’s story with that of his fellow subjects and invites us into the intimate spaces of the visually impaired and blind. As a filmmaker, Joe uses the tool he knows best to gather information, to connect with individuals and to find answers to share with the world. Going Blind was positively reviewed in the Village Voice, The Washington Post, Variety, British Journal of Ophthalmology and inspired two Jane Brody articles in The New York Times.

Rights: UNLIMITED releases over thirteen months (UNL/13MOS) beginning 9/11/12 and ending 10/31/15;
Non-commercial cable rights granted. No school off-air rights granted. Royalty free to members and subscribers of the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA).

Presenting Station: WGVU, Grand Rapids

Distributor: NETA

Suggested Scheduling: June 2013 for Helen Keller’s birthday (June 27th) and October 2013 for World Blindness Awareness Month and National Disability Awareness Month. World Sight Day is October 10 and White Cane Awareness Day is October 15. Strongly suggest a local on-air follow-up.

Producer: Joseph Lovett, Lovett Productions, Lovett(at)

Broadcast History: See: Going Blind national broadcasts

Date Produced: 2010

Funding: Readers Digest Partners for Sight Foundation, National Eye Institute, Pfizer Opthalmics, Gibney Family Foundation, Allene Reuss Memorial Trust, Allergan Foundation, Fred A Lennon Charitable Trust, Rudin Foundation, Reid Williams Foundation and others

Local Underwriting: Local Underwriting is permitted.

Web Site:

Viewer Contact: info(at)

Station Relations Contact: Laura Adams Guy, LaConrik Communications, 425-747-3938

National Outreach Partners:
American Health Association Foundation
Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AERBVI)
Audio Description Associates
Blinded Veterans Association
Envision Foundation
Helen Keller International
The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology
The National Eye Institute
National Federation of the Blind
Optometric Glaucoma Society
Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation
VisionServe Alliance

Regional Outreach Partners:
Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind
World Services for the Blind

Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired

Blind Children’s Center
Braille Institute
Center for Partially Sighted
Earle Baum Center of the Blind
The Hatlen Center for the Blind
Junior Blind of America
Santa Clara Valley Blind Center
Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Western University of Health Sciences

Ensight Skills Center
United States Association of Blind Athletes

Chicopee Public Library
Prevent Blindness Tri-State

Lighthouse of the Big Bend
Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind of Pasco, Hernando and Citrus Counties
The Lighthouse of Broward
Lighthouse Central Florida
Lighthouse of Collier
Lighthouse of Pinellas
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
New Vision for Independence
University of Central Florida
Visually Impaired Persons of Southwest Florida

Center for the Visually Impaired
Savannah Association for the Blind
Vision Rehabilitation Services of Georgia

The Hadley School for the Blind
The Chicago Lighthouse
Optometric Glaucoma Society

Envision Foundation

American Printing House for the Blind
Visually Impaired Preschool Services

Lighthouse for the Blind-New Orleans
Louisiana Association for the Blind

The Iris Network

The Carroll Center
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Our Space Our Place

The Richard E. Hoover Rehabilitation Services for Low Vision and Blindness at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center
National Federation for the Blind

Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology
Lighthouse for the Blind-Duluth
Vision Loss Resources

The National Research & Training Center on Low Vision at Mississippi State University
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Alphapointe Association for the Blind
Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments
Lighthouse for the Blind St. Louis
St. Louis Society for the Blind & Visually Impaired
VisionServe Alliance



New Hampshire
Exeter Area Lions Club
New Hampshire Association for the Blind
National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation
New Hampshire Retina

New York
Art Beyond Sight
Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired-Goodwill
Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment, Inc.
Helen Keller International
Manhattan VAMC
New York Institute for Special Education
The Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany
Prevent Blindness Tri-State
Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight

North Carolina
Industries for the Blind
Metrolina Association for the Blind

The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio

NewView Oklahoma

Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh
Greater Wilkes-Barre Association for the Blind
Pennsylvania Association for the Blind
The Sight Center of Northwest Pennsylvania
Susquehanna Association for the Blind and Vision Impaired

Rhode Island
Providence VAMC

South Carolina
Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired of South Carolina

South Dakota
Sioux Falls VA Health Care System

AFB Center on Vision Loss
Beacon Lighthouse

Vermont Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Virginia Industries for the Blind
Voice of the Blue Ridge

Lilac Services for the Blind

Washington, D.C.
Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Audio Description Associates
Blinded Veterans Association
National Eye Institute

West Virginia
West Virginia University Eye Institute

Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired