Blindness Awareness Fact of the Day (October 10)

There are probably a good portion of individuals who are blind or visually impaired and would give ANYTHING to have their sight back. However, there are a significant amount of individuals that do not regret that they are blind or visually impaired and would not ask for their sight back if they could get it back. They now include it as part of their identity and a lot of times it has helped shape who they are through perseverance, advocating for themselves, taking up different hobbies, forming their career path and passion, etc. Each person is different, of course, so their outlook on their blindness will also be different. However, it is not safe to assume that just because this person is blind that if there was a cure tomorrow for their type of blindness, they would choose to get it.

This is actually a complicated topic that I would like to discuss in greater detail in a future blog post. Idea! 🙂

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

3 thoughts on “Blindness Awareness Fact of the Day (October 10)”

  1. I like the daily facts this month. Today’s thought highlights how everyone approaches impairment differently, and it’s true, my identity strengthened and my job changed when I gained low vision. While I am grateful for my situation I realize others see things differently and respect that.

  2. just like how i probably won’t give up my glasses any time soon (via lasik or whatever)! i may not be able to see clearly without them, but i am fine with that!

    can’t wait for your blog post about this, though! i’m excited to hear more of your insight about this.

    1. that said, a lot of the research about “helping the blind see” is interesting! that doesn’t mean that everyone needs to recover their sight. i just think it’s interesting.

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