Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Only the Sound of a Voice

That's literally all that I have to go on when I meet someone for the first time.  I have to listen carefully to the sound and tone of their voice.  How they sound to me will determine how I do such things as:  Analyze them, rate them, trust them, and so on.

 

In the same way that a sighted person uses their eyes to analyze, rate, and trust, so too I use the sound of a voice to help me navigate life.  The sound of some voices may encourage me to trust more while others may not but it's not just the tone; it also depends on what words are spoken by the person, phrases, and intonation.  Somewhat like a piano or electronic keyboard when I go to test one. 

 

In whatever I do, I do my best not to be too biased by the sound of a voice but in the final analysis, only the sound of a voice can help me to navigate my way around someone new.  You may learn more about how blind persons use the sound of a voice to help them by visiting www.nfb.org.

 

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

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