[personal profile] teafeather
All of the following have happened to me in the past month:

1. Accuse the blind person of faking blindness because they are moving quickly and efficiently through space, even in a low-traffic, uncomplicated environment such as a large hallway in an office building.
Yes, moving through space as a blind person takes some practice and concentration, but it is possible. I've had 10 years of experience.

2. Offer unsolicited medical advice, such as "eat more carrots."
I discuss medical issues with my doctors, thanks. My vision problems cannot be solved with vitamin supplements, cornea transplants, new eyeglasses or LASIK surgery.

3. Tell the blind person how and/or when to cross the street
I wouldn't be out alone if I didn't know how to do this safely. I find the curb with my cane (guide dog handlers get shown the curb by their guide dogs) and then listen to traffic patterns. Don't tell me "You can cross now!" I know it's tempting, but it's really not helpful, especially since half the time people try to tell me this, they are wrong.

4. Block the crosswalk when you stop at an intersection
The crosswalk is for pedestrians, not for cars. It's bad enough for a TAB pedestrian to have to step around your car closer to oncoming traffic, but it's far worse for a blind person (or someone in a wheelchair, or a short person or someone who moves more slowly than average). For added fun, combine #3 and #4.

5. Ask personal questions of blind strangers
I can't imagine that sighted people get as many invasive questions as I do. I certainly get asked less stuff when it's not obvious that I'm blind. I'm happy to answer general blindness questions when I have the time and brain-points to spare, but questions about my medical history and personal life are none of your business.

Date: 2011-11-06 03:50 pm (UTC)
sylvaine: Dark-haired person with black eyes & white pupils. (Default)
From: [personal profile] sylvaine
... wow. I can't believe people actually do these kind of things. Accusing people of faking blindness? I mean, really? In what world does that seem like a good idea?

I've mem'd this post, by the way.



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