Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Both sides of the fence

Yes, I have been on both sides of the fence so to speak.  I was born with very little vision which meant that I could not find my way around independently.  I could barely see colors and light.  I could see shadows and when I came into a room I could tell if the light was on or off.  Enough vision to keep my head above water but I was blind all right. 


People were quick to help me.  They saw my cane and usually came rushing over to help me avoid hanging objects or barriers.  They were very quick to offer me help whenever I seemed lost on the sidewalk or in a building.  They helped me so much but then I crossed over to the other side of the fence and things were somewhat different.


I crossed over to the other side of the fence when I received a cornea transplant that gave me a lot of vision.  I could read and write with special magnifying glasses and close circuit TVs.  I used a small cane to tell the rest of the world that yes I was blind but at the same time I could function somewhat independently.  I found it easier to find my way around, find things in stores, and avoid hanging objects and barriers.  As a result, the help was not as forthcoming as many persons felt that I did not need help.  This often turned into frustration for me because I could have done with the extra help at times when I could not easily find stuff.  


So you see I have been on both sides of the fence so I have many stories to tell.  You can learn more about both sides of the fence by visiting www.nfb.org or www.rnib.org.


I' Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and asking you to go out there and share my blogs with others. 

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