Blindness Awareness Month Fact of the Day (October 11)

Did you know many individuals who are blind or have a visual impairment can make eye contact? Yes, that’s right, they sure can! But how you may ask? Well, let me tell you a little story. I have an amazing friend who has been with me throughout the past couple years and has Retinitis Pigmentosa too. She, however, had a much earlier and rapid degeneration. She was diagnosed at 5, legally blind at 16.. and I met her when she was 29, I think. Compare that to me, I was diagnosed at 14, legally blind at 23 and I’m now 24. So when I met her, one of my best friends, she was almost totally blind. She still could detect light and some colors here and there but not a whole lot. That has pretty much gone away now, but that’s not the point. Then and now she can make eye contact with you. She is SPOT on too and it makes so many people confused. I make eye contact too even though I still have quite a lot of vision compared to her.. but remember, I am technically “blind” too (legally blind), so just remember that! How does we do it? Well, she just has a lot of practice and says she just kind of guesses based on where you are when you talk.. it’s kind of like okay so they sound is coming out right there so their eyes must be just a little bit above that. That’s at least how I remember her explanation.

Individuals who are blind or visually impaired CAN make eye contact! 🙂

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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.

2 thoughts on “Blindness Awareness Month Fact of the Day (October 11)”

  1. man, i’m surprised that so many people don’t know this… though i guess it’s not exactly obvious… i think i learned this from tv when i was a kid, so maybe that’s why i know. it just seems somewhat common sense to me. it’s not like they lost all their senses, their vision system is just not as functional as yours.

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