Well, I think there are always a few that do meet the stereotypical
view no matter where you go. I've met more than my share of the kind
that want everything done for them etc at summer camp, blind
conventions, etc but there are also plenty of people who don't meet
this stereotypical view as well. I think a lot of it is just how you,
as an individual are raised, and weather or not you were educated in a
public school or a specialized school etc.
I myself had had several years of useful vision so I was raised during
my formative years as a normal child. I would help my dad out working
on cars, computers, and other general electronics he would fix for
friends at work etc. When I lost my sight my dad didn't go, "I have a
blind son who is helpless." No, on the contrary he incurraged me to
continue helping him work on things in his work shop. Even if it was
something as simple as locating the right size socket, rench, or screw
driver, he wanted me to know and understand I was anything but
helpless. In fact, he put me to work changing transmissions etc at age
17 without any useful vision at all which goes to prove how I had that
little extra push some of the more institutionalized blind don't get I
think. If you aren't actively incurraged to overcome the blindness
thing you'll never quite get passed the "I'm helpless" mentality.
On 4/27/11, dark <d...@xgam.org> wrote:
> Well Tom, I'm not sure how it is in the states, but over here there is one
> group of young blind people who do! conform to stomething of a sterriotype.
> I've noticed that some blind people (especially those who went to specialist
> schools), are! pretty useless, expect everything to be done for them, only
> associate with other blind people etc.
> That aside though I do know what you mean about organizations having
> specific ideas of blind people.
> For instance when I asked the rnib about using a chip and pin card, their
> response was that I learn one cash machine near my home, but when i pointed
> out machines can come in different makes and models with different screen
> prompts and such, they told me to "Get my carer to do it" ---- rather hard,
> sinse I live on my own and don't have one, ---- which surprised them ;D.
> In the end I just fixed things myself by arranging with my bank to have a
> signature card, so that machines will print out a receit for me to sign when
> I pay for stuff with it and I can just get actual cash at my local bank.
> My point though, the rnib had no idea of a blind person living entirely
> alone and not! having "a carer"
> The problem is this atitude is contagious. When I was trying to activate the
> wireless network on my hub but couldn't due to not being able to read the
> key on the side, when I phoned the company tech support they told me to "get
> someone to read it for me" and when I pointed out there wasn't they said
> "that what other blind people do" and put the phone down on me.
> Beware the grue!
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