Photo Stories: Seattle's Deaf-Blind Community: Seattle's deaf-blind community - Scott

Scott Bass manuevers his way along a downtown Seattle sidewalk. Bass has Usher\'s Syndrome 1, a genetic condition that causes deafness at birth and a loss of peripheral vision with age. Over time, this tunnel of vision closes in, leading to total blindness.  Scott lost his sight at 23.  He taps sidewalks and the sides of buildings- called trailing- for guidance, often having to manuever around people to get where he\'s going.  Bass works full time and lives and travels independently.
Seattle's deaf-blind community - Scott

Scott Bass manuevers his way along a downtown Seattle sidewalk. Bass has Usher\'s Syndrome 1, a genetic condition that causes deafness at birth and a loss of peripheral vision with age. Over time, this tunnel of vision closes in, leading to total blindness. Scott lost his sight at 23. He taps sidewalks and the sides of buildings- called trailing- for guidance, often having to manuever around people to get where he\'s going. Bass works full time and lives and travels independently.