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Practice Perspective — JVIB Extract

Extract: A fellow educator once used the expression “the 'Cadillac' of visual impairments” to describe albinism to me. As a person who grew up with oculocutaneous albinism, I held a much different perspective. The “a-word” (as I often thought of albinism) was a word that I never wished to hear or say, and it was not a word with which I chose to identify. It meant that I was different and, rather than embrace this uniqueness, I felt embarrassed, even ashamed, and did everything in my power to deny my disability status and “pass” as a fully sighted individual.

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