Thursday, September 15, 2011

Blind persons socializing

My sighted friends and family often smile whenever I tell them about how blind persons go about socializing. You just need to think of it like this: We call out to each other in order to determine where we are. We use our canes and guide dogs to help us locate chairs, tables, and other objects. We ask for sighted assistance if available to help us locate persons and things and we ask for assistance to have menus read to us and any other printed materials.

It is only natural and logical that if we are unable to see who we are looking for that we would raise our voices to call for their attention and that if we wish to be heard by someone else that we would do the same. If one is unable to find who they are looking for, would it not be logical for them to call out?

Most of us are unable to see the one sitting across from us or beside us. We would not know who is seated at our table unless they identify themselves to us. We would not be able to find the bar or washroom unless we are given directions. We are unable to spot the waiter/waitress and so we need to raise our hand in order to catch their attention.

This is what socializing as a blind person is all about and I would like for you to go out there and share my words with others. I’m Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day. Visit www.nfb.org to learn more.

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