“You don’t look blind” is something I still hear from people far too often.
Lots of people all over the world still believe this misconception that to be visually impaired you tend to look a certain way. They associate a certain look, an unresponsive stare, a vacant expression. But there are many shades of blindness, it’s never all or nothing and it’s impossible to judge how someone sees By just the way they look back.
Even today adverts for sight loss charities and guide dogs always seem to use people with no vision who’s eyes have “that look” that most associate with blindness. It keeps the misconceptions alive. It reinforces the barriers we have to overcome and stops people from reaching out for help with their vision loss because they feel that they’re not blind enough yet.
You don’t have to be totally blind to use a cane or a guide dog and if you’re like me you don’t have to look a certain way to be visually impaired.
Enitan is a tutor for UCanDoIT and is part of a campaign to help change people’s perceptions of blind people.
One of the best examples of this is from 23 year old Molly Burke who has had Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) since the age of four. “No, I don’t need to feel your face when I meet you” @MollyBOfficial shows us reality vs. perception in this video https://t.co/AtQ5xbTzrv.
#BlindNewWorld (a blind awareness campaign to demystify blindness and break down barriers to inclusion).
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