Not Fade Away

Designed as a joint on-the-floor and web exhibit, NOT FADE AWAY profiles Joel Deutsch, a writer with retinitis pigmentosa who has gradually lost his vision over 25 years and is now legally blind. The site includes conversations between Joel and Michael Pearce, an Exploratorium staffer, journal articles by Joel, video clips and animation as well as an alternative site optimized for low-vision users. By sharing Joel's experiences on subjects ranging from daily life, getting around, work, love, memory, technology, and politics, we hope to offer some reflection on a subject that impacts deeply on our perception of seeing—that of not seeing. Visitors can share their comments and questions in the site's feedback section.