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DON'T MISTAKE MY POOR VISION WITH MY INTELLIGENCE!!

Hey Everyone,
Low Vision Guy here.

Wanted to take the time and wrote another post about vision loss and life. If you are a person with a disability, the one thing we all have by default is patience with people who do not understand what you are going through or what are your challenges.

Me for example, when I tell people that I have low vision or visually impaired, people automatically assume that I am blind and don;t know my right hand from my left. lol Its all good and I have gotten used to the questions and the awkward looks I used to get.

The now thing however, that ticks me off more than anything is that people would confuse my low vision with my intelligence. For example, I can tell at work that people are less willing to ask me for help because they assume that I won't be any use to them in their struggle. Granted, I do not do anything to make myself look incapable and rarely ask for help.

Its a bit of a rant, but wanted to know if their is people out there that relate

DeMarco
The Low vision guy


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Re: DON'T MISTAKE MY POOR VISION WITH MY INTELLIGENCE!!



WoW Those are such great points that you guys bring up!

Sighted or not, people always want the feeling of being wanted or the feeling important ;) I hope this thread can help out other people on this site

THE LOW VISION GUY


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Hi DeMarco and Jadwig;

I am liking this thread. Gives me food for thought! Smile. I am a sighted female but I do have a few visual issues like glaucoma, etc...
While around my friends, you can't shut me up, lol, I am much more reserved in other, more professional settings, so one of these would be work.
This may sound like a totally odd response, but I behave quite reserved around those who are VI or blind.
I think that I feel that they themselves may wish to be left alone and I can say that I have NO idea where I get that idea from.
So, unless you made a move toward me to let me know you were open to being "bothered", especially at work where people are all working on individual jobs, It is possible that I may not approach you at all for help, but that has more to do with MY insecurities than your intelligence!


assuming you know what others are thinking



Just please be careful mind reading others, thinking you know how they feel and assuming things. It can get you in real trouble, particularly because you don't have the advantage of seeing facial expressions.
There have been several posts on this list about people thinking others were responding to them in a passive-aggressive manner or people thinking other people perceive them as useless or not very intelligent.Somebody may feel awkward around you and you assume he or she thinks such and such about you when that may not be true at all. If you feel useless, please be extra careful about attributing negative feelings to others or you may bring them on.


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Hey Jayden,

Thank you so much for the reply. I have no problem asking for help because I am not ashamed for asking...well, at least not anymore..lol

I try not to over think, however, the thought still crosses my mind. I feel like this is something that a lot of low vision and blind people face. It's all good. I can always equate people or demonstrate to them that I am AWESOME!!!!

The Low Vision Guy


Re: DON'T MISTAKE MY POOR VISION WITH MY INTELLIGENCE!!



Hi DeMarco!

Is there any way that you have misinterpreted your co-workers lack of asking for your help to be something else? Also do you feel confident enough to ask THEM if they need any help? Just.a thought
Take care, Jayden


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