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People and asking about blindness.

So I was just thinking of this today. If people tell me, oh well I would hate being blind and I feel so sorry for you and then ask me questions about my blindness, then I wouldn't answer them. But, if they were to go about it in this way: "Is being blind hard for you, and has it been hard and how do you do things, then I'll explain to them. I won't explain to them if they act like what i said in my previous sentense. Thaughts? I would especially be interested in what Sarah has to say about because I know that you've had some weird things go on Sarah.

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wow.


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Hi,

I'm new to this forum. I am a grad student doing my MA in IR in New York. I was born with glaucoma, but have little usable vision that helps me get around and see colors/shapes/shadows. I can't read print however.

So, about the question, I would have to agree with Wes, it depends on how a person asks. I have actually never been asked weird questions: the common questions that I've been asked are basically "What's wrong with your eye? Or, were you born like that? Most people are sensitive and understand, and others aren't.

Adity


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its hard to answer sometimes last year this kid asked me Are you blind so rudely so bad that it makes you feel like crap i just ran off


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Has anyone called your cane a stick?


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Has any one called your cane a stick?


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Yeah, super not cool!


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Not cool dude!


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Last week, when I was at Raging Waters they told me that I couldn't ride Dropout just because I'm blind. It was crazy!


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Yesterday, someone asked me, "What's wrong with you?" I said, "I'm blind. Don't you think you can be a little more polite?" It's like, did yall forget that I'm normal?


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what weird questions have you guys got?
my visually impaired boyfriend has gotten questions like:
Can you see in the rain and hit people with your stick like daredevil? (to which I particularly like his reply-- "How about we go out in the rain and I'll hit you with my cane, and if I hit you in the right spot we'll know if I can?)
Can you see through vibrations in the earth--- like earthbending stuff?
and one particularly funny instance with a nutcase on his street who adopted a blind dog and wanted Josh to describe being blind to her
Now how do you know if someone else is in the room? ("Uh... I go 'is anybody in there")
How do you tell where there's a piece of furniture or something? (I either use my hands or my cane to feel in front of me?)|
and a couple other questions like that...


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Yes, some kids are way stupid. But I was lucky because I was one of the kids the kids liked, and still do.


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I especially don't like answering kids' questions. It always lead to mockery and bullying.


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I would answer, but tell them not to feel sorry for me. I don't mind questions, because i'd rather people know than guess and do something wrong. At least if people know they have a greater awareness of blindness, but know not to treat me like i'm stupid.


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And we like to do the normal, sometimes crazy things kids do. You know us, we're just a bunch of crazy (Sarah, just kidding haha of course) kids.


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Shan, you've got to answer them. Especially wondering curius kids, like us. Just explain to them that we are just a bunch of normal kids and no different from all the other kids.


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I don't like to answer them because I don't know what to say.


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Yeah, Sarah, I guess I'll answer but I'll tell them they don't have to feel sorry for me you know.


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What else wierd things happened to you that I have not heard of yet?


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I don't care how people ask me, I will always answer. I have had so many weird things happen to me.


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