Friday, September 20, 2013

Paying attention to the voices

This is what I have always done for as long as I can remember. When I had very little vision, when I received substantial vision, and even now with precious little sight, I have always paid attention to the voices. That is, to someone's tone, inflection, and even accent.

These are the three facets that I use in order to judge someone's reaction, mood, and I also often use them to try and anticipate someone's next move. I need to do this in order to stay in the game and as a blind person who cannot depend on body language, expressions, and gestures to help me figure things out, I practically have no alternative. You would be amazed to know how much the tone, inflection, and accent in one's voice can yield. You may want to try it some time.

Just close your eyes and listen to the conversations around you. Try and figure out what others are trying to impart to you through their voice. It could be a very telling experience for you. I did it with my parents and siblings growing up. I did it with my friends and professors, and I still do it now.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day and encouraging to try out my suggestion. Come by and visit me anytime at

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