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Hi, My name is Roxanne, and I'm 19 years old, and I am from Los Angeles.
I am a little nervous writing this post ....but I'm just gonna go for it...
For a while now... I've had this idea to blind fold myself for a few days up to one week in order to gain some real perspective on my life. I have to wear contacts or glasses all the time and I always complain how "blind" I am...which I realized is pretty dumb. I may write about my experience as I hope to be a journalist one day and would like to share the experience with others.

Before I do anything, however, I would like to get to know someone who is blind and who is willing to be open with me about their life and who would like to be my friend =)

thank you!

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Hello!
My name is Abby and I've been blind all my life. I think it's to late to reply to this post but I thought I would do it anyway because I don't have anything else better to do except enjoy my spring break and be lazy which I'm not lazy that offten. I like school. Well most of the time anyway. I think it's cool that your interested in what it's like for blind people. I went to this training center for five summers and it was so fun! I had to wear a blindfold for all the classes there but I didn't mind it after a while. The last two years I went there I stayed for two months and it was awesome!


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I've been blind my whole life too.


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haha i'm not really sure yet...i'm only a sophomore!


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Yeah i've been blind my whole life. And my friend did it as a project for school. She was doing a paper on blindness in her science class i think and decided she' wanted to get a feel for it herself instead of just interviewing people and lookin online. Although she only blindfolded herself for like two days.
I like school--its kinda hard sometimes but i'm nt the only blind person in my high school so thats kinda cool. actually Mckenzie and i go to the same school :)


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For me, it's torturous going to school blind because I'm the only one in the school who understands anything I'm goint through. Here's a fun idea. Blindfold yourself and go on a roller coaster or go bungee jumping. It's so fun!


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Oh okay, that's fine. I will just write here then.
I had written :

Thank you all for your replies- they are very interesting & helpful !

To McKenzie: Thanks : ) Do you want to study anything in particular as a career in the future?

To Joe S. : Thank you tremendously for the very informative post!
I've only looked on the site briefly but plan to explore it further and call them tomorrow. I was really looking for a physical place I could visit to learn more about blindness, so this seems perfect.
Thanks for the encouragement- I’m sure I’ll gain something very worthwhile from the experience.

To Sarah: That's cool that you’re going to college. I took a gap year to work & travel but going to start next semester. Please pardon my ignorance, but how does one go about attending high school and college when they are legally blind?

To Alana: I think I'm going to wear some type of blacked-out sunglasses most of time so hopefully I wont have to get my blindfold wet in the shower = )
Well, I do not know anyone who is blind, nor has anyone in particular sparked my interest about the matter. I suppose because I must wear contacts or glasses all the time in order to function normally that it made me wonder WHAT IF my vision was even worse than it is, and if I couldn't fix it with contacts or glasses. I take my sight for granted, and so do many people, and I want to really appreciate it. Also, I like to try to take a few steps in other people's shoes. if I can gain even the smallest glimpse of what it would be like to live a life very different from mine, then I'm content .

To Analee: Hello! That’s interesting, what were your friend’s reasons for blindfolding himself/ herself? Have you been blind since birth?



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What happened to my post?


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The system is filtering email addresses or inappropriate language, guessing that you put an email address in your post. If you post without that, it will work.

We want to keep all the users safe, we try remove messages with email addresses, last names, phone numbers and such. There are a lot of minors using this site and we want this to be a safe place. I hope that makes sense.

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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ive posted two long posts...but they are not going through


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I wonder that all the time, Sarah!
Hey! My names annalee i also have retinopathy of prematurity and i'm completely blind. I have a friend that tried the blind fold thing too.


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I've always wonered what it's like having full sight.


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hi i'm alana. i have an eye disorder called opticnurve hypoplasia, which means that the nurves going from my eyes to the back of my brain are too small to deliver much information. i intend on majoring in er medicine. i had a friend who tried the blindfold thing, he said that showering was really weird because it got all wet and saggy. i'm wondering, what got you interested in blindness? to my knollege, not many sighted people take the time.


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Hello Roxanne. My name is Sarah. I have Retinopathy Of Prematurity. I'm blind, but have a little vision in my left eye. I'm 18. I'm going to go to college and hopefully major in psychology.


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Hello!

I would start off by suggesting that you contact the Junior Blind in LA. Great organization that could offer you a lot of insight and thoughts. Ask if you can take a tour and learn about their programs as well. They offer a lot of services and you will most likely meet some persons who are "blind or visually impaired."

Most persons who are "legally blind" are actually low vision, by far. Persons who are blind, take training to help them learn to orient and travel utilizing a white cane or guide dog.

There is rehab training and teaching in the schools that work with persons on many skills including daily living and more. There are so many systems and techniques that can be learned, that help persons to become independent.

There is a ton of technology out there too, the Junior Bline would definitely be able to show you some of that.

(some persons could take issue to the whole blindfold idea, but most will not) Persons talk about doing what your would like to attempt, most points against it, say that, "you can take the blindfold off if you are uncomfortable or scared." But, I think it is great that you are exploring this and encourage to contact the Junior Blind and visit if possible.

I hope whatever you decide to do, I hope it is an educational and valuable experience for you. The junior blind would most likely have some vision simulators to simulate different types of vision loss.

Check out the Success Stories on AFB CareerConnect at www.afb.org/cc on the far right column or bar. Check out the multimedia as well, there are virtual work sites and more!

Good luck!

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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Hey! My names McKenzie, I'm 15 years old. I'm not completely blind, i have some vision but not that much. That's cool that you want to be a journalist someday!


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