Thursday, May 13, 2010

Please Don't Sneak Up on Me

I don't think that at the best of times, the majority of us appreciate being sneaked up upon but I can tell you that as a blind person, it bothers me quite a bit when someone does this to me.

 

Some people may think that it would be fun to sneak up on a blind person; but it is not.  When you are without enough sight to see around you and then someone does this, it could make things quite difficult for the blind person.  Sometimes, I am able to tell if someone is sneaking up on me because I can either hear or sense their presence but whenever I am caught off guard, I get very nervous.  So, please do not sneak up on me. 

 

As a blind person, I do my best to take advantage of my sense of hearing but when this sense fails to warn me of impending sneakers, it's a bit of a downer for me.  It's enough to be able to cope with what's around you and we do not need unexpected incidents to throw off our balance.   Just my two cents for today.

 

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day.

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