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what are the most difficult things blind people find hard to do?

hi my name is liz. im doing this project in skool about blind people and what they cant or can do. so i really liked this site and thought i can get something out of this
ill be very greatful if someone gives me answers......tanx

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i am blind fore me i dont have any difcult thing i can chalnge any thing i am strong if you pleave in your self you well be strong you van chalnge any thing because i am blind i am feeling that i am in chalnge i shud expt this chalnge


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My Name is Jenny. Liz, I know I'm a little late at ansering your question as you were doing this for a school project. I'm practically totally blind. I can see some light though. I have to say, so far in my life I really haven't found things hard to do other then one thing. I have a hard time going places by myself. I'm usually always with a family member.

I went to three colleges. In 1997, I went to Leader Dogs to get my dog Goldie. Both of us went to college for two years. I'm trying to get into another college to study medical billing and coding. Wish me good luck.

If you have another school project to do, similar to the one that you had to do earlier in the year, hopefully what I wrote will help you with your next project.


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Ashley, I can relate to what you are saying! I have been legally blind all my life(55 years)and I have always HATED glasses because mine were so thick! I had to start wearing them when I was two years old. Alot of times I would pretend to "lose" them and toss them out a car window whilst Mom wasn't looking......they were so thick and made a dent on my nose, if I bent over they fell off and broke(they used to make them out of glass)....they didn't do that much good anyway... I remember people asking me if I was wearing coke bottles! I did all I could to be able to do or appear to be able to do whatever anyone else did....I even had a driver's liscense! My father was terrified and almost turned me in for the sake of others, but I begged him not to....I drove a car from the time I was 16 to 50...NOT ONE ACCIDENT.....it was always a hassle to get a liscense, I never passed a "eye test" my whole life....it was get a special note from an opthalmologist, daylight driving only, check up every 6 months which I never did, etc and beg and plead that it was just for going to work .....I even learned how to scuba dive and became a dive master! This is the weird part..I could see better underwater than anywhere else!!...In my 30's, I took up distance running, winning several races and running alot of miles.....I had a birth defect from premature birth which ruined my sight after 3 months in an encubator, cataracts, detached retina., all documented and treated as best as possible until I started getting older.....but what I couldn't do easily, I tried to fake by going to extrodinary methods to convince people that I was as good as they were.......some I fooled, some I didn't....I worked as a graphic artist/pre-press 4-color stripper/computer imposer for 30 years after I graduated college majoring in Art.....I worked and loved it until I gave up the ghost and finally got too scared to drive to and from my 12 hour a day job. Although an examination confirms my vision was minimal, MY OWN FAMILY acted as if I was FAKING being blind because I could do all these things...I have two older sisters and they are both in the Medical profession and have watched me grow up and known me all my life and say I was faking blindness, their unkind remarks and harassment hurt worse of all..... At first I hated them for it but never said anything because I didn't want to admit how bad it was for fear all my "accomplishments" would be taken away from me, especially the driver's lisence and the work I loved to do, I always loved art and printing books, mags, etc. But maybe they were responsible for making me want to do all those things on my own....When I think about it, I feel I was prideful, selfish, foolish and I took stupid chances when I drove and I risked others, including my own son who I would drive to and from school, daycare....God watched over me (and everyone else) driving the car........I acquired a "don't give a damn what you jerks think" attitude in the first grade....the snickers and smart alec remarks.....but as people got to know me, they would still tease me about my sight but would give me acknowledgement when I could do what they could, maybe sometimes BETTER than they could...I'm sure there are few printing companies who had an employee working in their art department called the "blind stripper".....the thing is, from three inches away, I can see very small and tiny objects and with the aid of a magnyfying glass, stripped film into flats for printing perfectly...all intricate work was given to me....it isn't done like that anymore....computers came along and were great for me! I own 4 of them, I've bought dozens since 1986.... Don't take the chances I took, but don't let anyone tell you you can't do anything you want....I met alot of teachers and instructors who would go the extra mile to help me maintain my facade of being "sightful" once I convinced them I was worth the chance...and they weren't trained pros with the AFB or anything like that....they didn't have great organizations like that when I was a kid and growing up.....by the time they did come out, I was already over 40....anyway...I say take advantage of anything the AFB can provide and go out there and knock their socks off!!! Sorry for novel, I talk alot too...


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I am a legally blind college student and for me the most difficult part of being visually impaired is dealing with the ignorance of others. often peoople will come up to me when they see me reading and ask if I need glasses.also sometimes you can hear people wisper behind your back if they notice that you are blind or visually impaired.


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the most difficult thing is dealing with ignorance.


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the most difficult thing blind or VI people have to deal with is usualy the sighted


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i am not blind but in my opinion i think blind people have got a advantage on people who are not blind because they are able to sense things better and heat things better then we can. my friend amazes me everytime we are together because of everything he can do. he is legally blind. i wish i can be half the person he is.


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I would have to say for me, as an individual who is legally blind, there isn't anything I do on a daily basis IE. going to school, traveling in the community, etc, that poses to be the most difficult thing to do as someone with a visual impairment. But rather, the most difficult thing for me is dealing with the ignorance of some people in society. Many people belive that because we are blind we can't do anything in life. Just this week a guy at the doctor's office was shocked to hear that I go to a "normal" high school. So for me, that is the most difficult thing, dealing with some of the steriotypes people place on us because we have a disability. I'm excited to hear you're doing this project. Good luck!


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