No Barriers

How to See with Joe Strechay

Episode Summary

A virus wipes out most of humanity. The survivors and their distant descendants have all lost their sense of sight. Society has found new ways to socially interact, build, hunt, and survive without vision. The concept of vision has become a myth, and any mention of it is considered heresy. That is the premise of the Apple TV Series “See" starring Jason Momoa. This episode goes behind the scenes with co-producer and blindness expert Joe Strechay. He shares the systems and processes he’s developed working with sighted and non-sighted actors on how to portray a science fictionalized level of blindness, ideas on abilism, stages of minority portrayal in hollywood, echo locating, fight scenes, and much more.

Episode Notes

Joe Strechay is a Producer and Consultant for film, television, theatre, and literary works. He consults on accessibility, disability, and blindness to assure respectful and accessible work environments and portrayals. He has worked on AppleTV+’s SEE, Netflix’s The OA, and Marvel’s Daredevil. 

Joe has supervised services for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; managed a web program; instructed in services for individuals who are blind or have low vision; advised states and countries on services, and mentored numerous people with disabilities. He has consulted for the American Printing House for the Blind specific to CareerConnect and their National Transition Conversation. 

Joe did his graduate work at Florida State University and his undergraduate at East Carolina University. He speaks around the United States about employment, transition, accessibility, and inclusion in entertainment, and his experiences. He and his wife, Jen, live in Pennsylvania.  


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