[blindkid] Quesstion

Linda A.Coccovizzo Linda.Coccovizzo at MCCKC.EDU
Tue May 5 16:34:56 UTC 2015


It's amusing all the different names people have come up with for "blind."  I understand some of them, because I want to know when I meet someone, what to expect.  If they just say "I'm blind," maybe just because of the way I understand blind to mean totally blind, that's what I will think.  If they say "legally blind," I might automatically think there is some vision involved.  "Partially sighted" or "low vision" leaves it wide open, just because there are so very many types of partial blindness that it isn't fair to expect one person to see in the same way another might be able to see.  There really is no way to explain what a person can or can't see in one or two words when explaining to someone.  In school, we had totals and partials, or print and braille students.  I guess that's just the way we defined it.  I'm blind.  My kids are blind.  I'm not going to be offended if someone says I'm blind.  However many politically correct ways people feel they need to come up with, it just is what it is.  Just when I think I've heard them all, someone comes up with something else.  One of the funniest ones I have heard is "unsighted."  I have only heard one person say it, but everytime I hear that, I can't help but smile.
-----Original Message-----
From: blindkid [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Penny Duffy via blindkid
Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2015 7:30 AM
To: NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List (for parents of blind children); Julie Yanez
Cc: Penny Duffy
Subject: Re: [blindkid] Quesstion

Off to work.  But dropping.
https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/fr/fr19/fr05si03.htm and my daughter is blind. Others would classify her as low vision , high partial (not a term I like at all) and visually  impaired.  My rule is the person can label themselves how they want as long as they are not embarrassed  by their blindness.
On May 4, 2015 6:26 PM, "Julie Yanez via blindkid" <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
wrote:

> I think some people use different wording based on vision. As the deaf do.
> Some are deaf, some hearing impared. And with the blind, some are 
> blind and only have a bit of light perception, and some are legally 
> blind so they prefer visually impaired. They are able to use larger print and such.
> And daughter has been blind since birth. So the word is no taboo 
> around her. And when she hears the whispers of people talking within 
> earshot, she reminds them, "I'm blind, not deaf. I can hear you".
> On May 4, 2015 1:06 PM, "Jody Ianuzzi via blindkid" 
> <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> wrote:
>
> > I agree blind is blind and it is no big deal. My mother always 
> > tiptoed around the word and never used it but I learned to have no 
> > problem with that at all
> >
> > JODY 🐺
> > thunderwalker321 at gmail.com
> >
> > "There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes."
> > DOCTOR WHO (Tom Baker)
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> > > On May 3, 2015, at 11:22 AM, Bernadette Jacobs via blindkid <
> > blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> > >
> > > Well Amy, this is because people like to use other words to cover 
> > > up
> the
> > fact that in actuality they are blind. They like to use euphemisms 
> > like visually impaired; can't say well; sightless; as if blindness 
> > is a swearword. When you say blind, you are not in fact swearing. 
> > Blind, is blind. There is nothing wrong with being blind. That is my 
> > message, as harsh as it might sound to a lot of other people on this 
> > list
> > >
> > > Bernie
> > >
> > > Sent from my iPhone
> > >
> > >> On May 3, 2015, at 10:31 AM, Amy Bishop via blindkid <
> > blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> > >>
> > >> Why every body always say BLIND? I'm blind I don't is very big deal.
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