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experience i had today

So today i was pushing my friend's wheelchair on my college campus and he was just directing me. This was because his hands grew tired of all the pushing he'd done all day.
Anyway, we left the library and hit the hot sun which caused me to close my eyes and walk. This guy passing said to us: "Wow, you can do that with your eyes closed?" My friend said, "No she's blind and i'm directing her." Poor guy felt dumb. I can imagine what people thought when I put on my sunglasses.
The point of the story is, has anyone ever confused you for a sighted person and how do you deal with it? For me it's always awkward and I want new ideas on how to tell people I'm blind.

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Hi Mimi. Yes, this has happened to me a lot. I usually just tell people I'm blind. They usually think that I'm not blind because I don't look like I am.

Oh yeah, I had lots of fun today at Six Flags. My mom chickened out on Goliath! It was hilarious. I was on Tatsu and the girl next to me thout I was a guy. It was so embarrassing!


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some times people will wave to me or do some visual thing that my friends will tell me about. then i have to tell the person that i am blind. it is awkward but i am glad my friends tell me what the other people are doing because if you don't know then you feel really rude if you don't say anything to the person because they think you are ignoring them. and sometimes i find my friends gesturing to the other person or trying to tell the new visitor in a quiet voice that i am blind. i find this kind of annoying as i can speak for myself. so the best thing that works for me is to just tell the person straight out. because it is better than them finding out from some one else or finding out after you make a fool of yourself doing something embarrasing. it is some what awkward but once the moment passes it is usually fine. i also like to reassure the new people that i am okay with them asking questions and i can't expect them to know how exactly i may need help. or you can also tell them if you are not comfortable answering a question of corse. tiffany


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tiffany, sounds like you handle things the way i do haha. I just get embarrassed when people try to shake my hand and I don't reciprocate.


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I get embarrassed because people run from me. They are afraid of my cane. In 2 months, I think I'm getting my guide dog.


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I know this sounds bad, but i get embarrrassed and self conscious using my cane in public, please don't judge me guys, I know it sounds stupid.


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I'm the same way. I won't even use my cane in public because I'm too embarrassed and self conscious. I hat the cane. I won't even take it to amusement parks.


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My family tries to encourage me to use it but when I do they think I move too slow or they don't want to hold it for me when i go on rides or something.


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Same thing with me. I only use it to go to the front of the line. That is the only reason I take it.


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