Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Images That Do Not Match

That's how it is for blind persons.  If you were born blind, then more than likely, your images of things around you would probably not match the actual object.  I was born with little sight and then I received a lot of vision through a corneal transplant and when I was able to see things more clearly, I can tell you that in many cases my perceived images did not match the actual object.

 

It's funny but I was able to identify quite a few things; i could read the headlines in the newspapers, identify colors, but I had to learn how to practically see and transmit those images to my mind.  I used to think for example that a scorpion was a big thing, but in actuality it was not.  I learned what birds and flowers looked like, the shapes of the clouds, and butterflies, trees, and even people's faces. 

 

Matching images of faces to my perceived notions was the biggest thing for me but I learned fast.  Now I have a ton load of memories to keep me going for the rest of my days.  Ah!  Matching images in my mind continues to be a big hobby for me.

 

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and urging you to go out there and spread my message to others.

Visit www.afb.org to learn more.

 

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