Hi Darren,
Exactly. I don't know how many times I've been with a bunch of other
blind  class mates and one of them would draw public attention to all
of us by rocking, poking his/her eyes, picking their nose, or some
other socially unacceptable way of drawing attention. I really really
hate that kind of behavior from my own fellow blind peers as they draw
precisely the kind of negative attention I try to avoid. I like to fit
into the croud and not stand out like a sore thumb as much as is
However, I remember there was this one student, where I went to
school, who had a mental disability as well as being blind. I believe
he was mildly retarded. Whatever the case is he constantly was the one
the mainstream students based their opinions of blind people on. He'd
walk down the school hallway going, "yah, yah, yah, yah," in a
monotone that was sure to bring attention to him. He pickd his nose,
picked wax out of his ears, rocked, poked his eyes, and generally was
the walking/talking worst example of a blind person you can get. Even
though this kid was mildly retarted, as i said before, other sighted
students and even some of the teachers acted as though I was mentally
disabled as well. I know it wasn't totally this kids fault having had
a mental disability, I don't think his parents tried to correct his
bad social behavior, but I resented the negative attention all the
same. It is that kind of negative example I think of that can really
hurt our cause to be seen as just another average Joe or Jane who
can't read print or see colors, but is otherwise normal.

On 3/7/10, Darren Harris <darren_g_har...@btinternet.com> wrote:
> Yup thomas I totally see what you're saying. It's usually the rockers, the
> eye pokers that get all the public attention because it's easier to see
> them.

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