If at some party we meet a man in sunglasses and with a cane in his hands, then it becomes immediately clear that he is blind. When meeting such a person, for some reason I want to speak louder with him.
Some suggest letting your face be touched so that the blind person can roughly imagine who they are dealing with. Others recall recently read articles on restoring vision using folk methods, offering to familiarize themselves with this material.
I must say that this behavior is not entirely adequate. Thanks to cinema, television, the media, strange myths about blind people are formed in us. They themselves are depressed by this state of affairs. We will try to consider the most common false statements about blindness.
Myths about blindness
People who see poorly also hear poorly. This myth leads to the fact that they try to speak loudly with a blind person, while pronouncing the words clearly. But there is no need for this, unless the person has pronounced hearing problems. Nobody likes screams, people with poor eyesight as well.
People with poor eyesight develop superpowers. People who look like Daredevil are a fairytale character. You can't be a blind superhero. But there is some truth in this myth. It's just that the blind are forced to rely more on other senses to obtain information about the outside world. That is why they develop a sharper sense of smell, touch and taste.
Blind people feel their faces to understand who they are talking to. This method of acquaintance is considered to be the main one among blind people. In fact, the idea of touching the face of other people looks strange to the blind themselves. These people adhere to the same social norms as everyone else. They don't want their hands to feel the face of a stranger. Many blind people believe that acquaintance with the help of this method does not provide complete and necessary information about a person's appearance. Exceptions are allowed for close family members and romantic partners. Blinded parents can use their hands to familiarize themselves with the faces of their children, which is very important.
In conversation with the blind, the words "seek" or "see" should be avoided. It is believed that these words can offend people with vision problems. In fact, it is worthwhile to relate to the situation easier, most do not care. These words are freely used in communication by the blind themselves. So saying goodbye, "See you later," is perfectly fine.
Blind people have no chance of finding a job. In the modern world there are many examples of how blind people achieve success. Richard Bernstein was blind from birth but managed to become Chief Justice of Michigan. Michael Calvo founded and leads Serotech, Russell Schaffer is the senior corporate manager at Wallmart. With the proper training and equipment, blind people can excel in many industries. In the West, the blind work as programmers, teachers, cooks, bartenders, marketers, social workers, actors and waiters, and open their own businesses. It is more difficult with us, the blind are mostly trusted with simple mechanical work. But the situation is gradually changing.
Blind people see nothing at all. Interestingly, most people who fall under the blindness category are not completely blind. They retain some elements of peripheral vision, and the picture of the world appears to be simply very blurry. Even those who cannot see anything at all often still react to shadows, determine light and darkness.
Blind people cannot take care of themselves and live independently. Being blind does not mean you stop living fully. You just have to learn to do some things differently. The blind may well take care of themselves, live on their own income and even lead a full family life. There are special technologies for reading, a dog can help navigate the city or travel. This will compensate for the lack of vision.
All blind people use a white cane. Among people with poor eyesight, there is a fear of judgment from others when using a white cane. Those who have retained the remnants of sight may be accused of deception. As a result, semi-blind people do not use a cane, although it could really help them. And all because others do not think badly of them. In this matter, it is worth relying on facts. The American Foundation for the Blind estimates the number of completely blind people at 18%. This means that most people see something depending on position and light source, but they need help. And here the white cane comes in handy. It allows people with glaucoma or retinitis pigmentosa to identify objects with their peripheral vision in order to use or avoid them. People with cataracts or diabetic retinopathy can use a walking stick to identify objects in their path or climb stairs. So, having seen a person with a cane, you should not rush to draw conclusions about his vision or despise if it turns out that it is only partially missing.
All blind people have guide dogs. Guide dogs are great helpers, but they are not for everyone. Some people are reluctant to take on the responsibility of caring for the animal, while others simply cannot get along with the dog. Many guide owners are disappointed with the effect. The people we meet are more interested in the amazing dog than in the person in need of help.
All blind people are looking for cures. It seems that all visually impaired people are constantly looking for a cure, so they need new recipes. But not everyone will appreciate this concern. Many blind people, especially those who have lived in this state for most of their lives, do not think about any medicine. They have come to terms with this state of affairs and simply want to be treated with respect, like other members of society.