The Flourishing Voice Of The Blind Community Impacts Culture

5 Things the Online Community Taught Us About Blindness

Image a bright blue sky with a white cloud and the sun. Poem is at the bottom of the post.
Requiem For A Rainbow ~Rick Fontes

Losing eyesight sucks bigtime! Shame, fear and helplessness threatens our well-being. The word ‘blind’ alone conjures up visions, of living an unfulfilling, lonely life in darkness but those of us experiencing sight loss come to understand this is not entirely true.

While learning to adapt can be challenging we are moving upward, our combined voices are being heard, and we are changing societal presumptions on blindness. The article below celebrates two of those voices. ~Steph

So much has transpired in the last 5 years of blogging together.  Our perspectives have shifted dramatically.  If you look at one of our very first posts, “To Tell or Not to Tell”, about whether to disclose our vision loss in public, to more recent posts about guide dogs and canes, the shift is obvious.  But it didn’t happen overnight.  And it didn’t happen without a lot of input and support from friends we met in the online community. Continue Reading…

request from the newly blind
Walk with me awhile.
Be at my side, a steadying hand.
A whispered voice should I stray.
Don’t lift my burden, I must learn its weight.
Merely bide with me awhile
‘Til god compensates my sight.
~Rick Fontes

Published by Stephanae

👩🏾‍🦯 | INTJ | HSP | Collector of knowledge | Alpaca Fanatic “If I stop to kick every barking dog, I am not going to get where I'm going.” ~Jackie Joyner-Kersee Hi, I'm Steph! I'm a highly sensitive proud introvert and a recovering people-pleaser. These traits or quirks used to bother me because I always felt out of place until I began a recent process of self-acceptance. While I'm still a work in progress, I view my quirks as my superpowers and am grateful that they contribute to who I am today.

5 thoughts on “The Flourishing Voice Of The Blind Community Impacts Culture

  1. Thanks Khaya. This particular line is my favorite. Many times in an effort to empathize with others we project onto them our feelings or rather the way we ‘think’ we would feel if in the same situation. However being the complex creatures we are, it’s a leap to presume to know how our responses would be without having the precise experience of others going through a particular trial and even if the circumstance are the same we will still have individual reactions.

  2. Love the requiem, Steph. This line resonates and can be applied in life generally “Don’t lift my burden, I must learn its weight.” So often we want to help lift the burden off our loved ones. I guess that a hindsight; we diminish their ability and strength to carry their weight. A powerful post!

  3. Yes, it’s been a long and hard fight; but we are making some headway. Good job, Steph.

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