Abby’s Insights on Beauty & Blindness
“Blindness is not always obvious. There are many people who for numerous reasons, do not want to identify themselves as sight impaired. This is their right and we must respect it. However, before judging, remember there may be more to the story.”
Adjusting to living with sight loss isn’t easy and one of the most difficult challenges are the misconceptions. Since the prevailing societal notion is blindness means total darkness, sighted people can understandably be confused about what it means to be blind.
Truth is, the range of blindness or sight loss is enormous and it differs from person to person. Many people who are blind or visually impaired rely on a white cane or guide dog to navigate the world safely. There are also many blind people who do not use a cane or a guide dog.
Since I was born with sight and later lost it, I can look directly at you, however, I am not ‘seeing’ you. Depending on factors like lighting what I can ‘see’ is a shape of a person and some clothing color. I cannot see your face or facial expressions. If you’re across a room I don’t know who you are unless you tell me. For another person, what they ‘see’ or cannot ‘see’ even if we have the same condition will be different.
Abby’s Reflections Description:
A gray, teal and white boldblindbeauty.com template uses the ‘Abby’s Corner’ image. Abby is sitting cross-legged in her PJs (gray bottoms & white top with a gray collar). She is using her teal Abby logoed laptop with a headset with microphone. Sporting her signature explosive hairstyle, her white cane is propped up next to her.