Eyesight, Judgement & Independence

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Jo Pinto

Eyesight is great for driving. Not so good for judging others. Often, the person most qualified, willing to give the most, love the deepest and try the hardest is overlooked while standing right in front. Judged as not perfect enough because of skin color, disability, weight, sexual orientation, and/or a number of other ways they didn’t “look normal.” Appearance often determines who is counted as important and who isn’t. It often determines who is held back from healthcare, jobs, an education, and numerous other opportunities. Change the way we see. It’s where independence begins. Happy Independence Day….for all. christinamholtz

Christina, a friend of mine, wrote and shared the above wise words on social media and with her permission I’m sharing it with you because it’s such an important message for everyone. I also felt with tomorrow being Independence Day and the day when the featured Woman On The Move article will be published these words couldn’t be more timely.

“And I knew I wanted to be an author. From the time I figured out words could be written down in books and enjoyed, again and again, I knew someday I would write.” ~Jo Pinto, Author, Bright Side of Darkness

Stay tuned for Jo’s article which will be posted tomorrow noon ET.

Image: Jo Pinto Receives the 2016 Colorado Independent Publishers Association Award. She is seen here posing for the camera holding her award in both hands with her white cane under her right arm. Jo is looking very stylish in a blue, black & white abstract floral print dress and black boots.


  1. Thank you Peta for your insightful comment. I hope you are doing well.

    Yes, unfortunately people with disabilities face an extreme amount of discrimination some of it based on lack of awareness but then there’s some that just plain cruel and affects our ability to live truly independent lives. Where blindness is concerned I get that people are concerned over our safety but the thinking we can’t function independently is incorrect especially when we’re talking about people who are born blind or have been blind for many years. With proper training, while we may have a few limits such as driving, the main barriers then become ourselves and society. Not being considered for a job because a perfectly qualified person uses a white cane or wheelchair is beyond wrong yet it happens daily. Being turned away from public transit because a person uses a service animal is not only wrong but here in the US it’s illegal but it continues to happen. There are so many instances of how people with disabilities are mistreated simply because we tend to think of accessibility as a privilege instead of a basic human right.

  2. Steph, this is a very interesting and educative post. Much as I hate discrimination we all tend to think if it being used to judge those, as your friend Christina says, because of their skin color or religion or size etc. It had not occurred to me that discrimination would extend to those with less than perfect eyesight but of course it makes total sense that it happens. People, particularly in Western countries discriminate against strange things for e ample, being elderly, whereas in Asian countries the elderly are revered and highly respected.

  3. That really is an important message! Looking forward to Jo’s article. Happy Independence week.

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