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Episode #21 | Projection And The ‘Other’ Side

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Episode #21 | Projection And The ‘Other’ Side

“It’s always easier to assess a person’s situation when you are on the outside looking in. Imagining ourselves in another’s position in some cases can not only be impractical but also harmful.”

Perceptions And Reality Can Be Two Different Things

Many people feel sorry for blind people because they envision that we live dull, colorless lives. We hear things like “it would be so scary,” “I couldn’t go on if I lost my sight,” or “life would be so hard.” The reality is life can be challenging for everyone with and without sight.

I understand how easy it is to use projection as a method of trying to understand a particular aspect of disability, we all do it. However, unless we are willing to listen, learn, and believe people with disabilities (PWDs) this method yields negative results. To play the comparison game by assuming our lives are better than another’s simply because they have a disability is abhorrent. We have to change the thinking that disability means ‘broken’ when all it really means is ‘different.’

Let’s continue to strive for inclusivity in all areas of life. Hopefully, there will come a time when we fully embrace our differences without condescension. Until then, resist the urge to assume that disability automatically means a deficit.

As for living with blindness, it’s not what one might expect. There are so many ways to experience a beautiful and fulfilling life, having eyesight is only one.

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Episode 31 | All Inclusive Club Membership

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Episode 31 | All Inclusive Club Membership

“Did you know membership within the largest minority group in the world is always open to everyone? It’s true, yet somehow the world still excludes the majority of us because of our membership status.”

Membership Has Its Rewards Or Does It?

Today there are about 7.5 billion people in the world. Of this number, 15% of the population has some form of disability.

Our minority group; people with disabilities (PWDs) that is, don’t care about gender, religion, education or other characteristics that define a person. We are the only minority group where anyone at any given time of their lives can become a member.

I wonder what the world would be like if the majority of the population were PWDs? Personally, I think we would still be as discriminatory as we are today because of the majority numbers game. With so many people on the planet, it’s unlikely we’ll ever be accepting of everyone but why don’t we celebrate our differences?

Instead of looking at PWDs with pity or disdain why not let’s try to be kind? Whether we are born with or acquire a disability later in life we are no more or no less human than anyone else.

We can transcend barriers by changing the way we perceive one another. The way we will achieve this goal is by sharing our stories, getting out there and living our lives.

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Episode #29 | On Being Authentic

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Episode #29 | On Being Authentic

“What’s the best thing about being authentic? No training required.”

What does authenticity mean?

It’s quite simple really. Each of us is unique and no one can teach you how to be you. As humans, we sometimes have the tendency to make things more complicated than necessary.

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Episode #28 | Promoting Strengths

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“On the loss of independence, I refocused my thinking to what I am able to do vs. what I did prior to my sight loss. For me, it boils down to choice and I choose not to view myself as dependent. Everyone possesses skills and deficiencies; I choose to promote my strengths.”

Admittedly some days are a little more challenging than others; this is life. We cannot control external factors but the good news is we can choose how we respond. The world we live in is full of possibilities.

Knowledge and resourcefulness are necessary tools to tap into unrealized opportunities. Add in a little creative thinking and anything becomes possible.

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