[Blindmath] [Blind math] Survey regarding perceptions of stereotypes about blindness

Ken Perry kperry at blinksoft.com
Sun Aug 25 20:56:59 UTC 2013

Ok so that is a blind stereo type?  Hmm I can count on my two hands the
times that has happened to me. Shrug maybe I just don't pay attention to it


-----Original Message-----
From: Blindmath [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of David
Sent: Sunday, August 25, 2013 4:48 PM
To: Blind Math list for those interested in mathematics
Subject: Re: [Blindmath] Survey regarding perceptions of stereotypes about

While such a discussion is off topic for this list, I frankly find it hard
to believe that you haven't been treated in a stereotypic manner in 20 plus
years.  Have you ever been in a restaurant when the wait person asked you in
a loud voice what you wanted?  Or -- asked your
companion(s) what you wanted.

I see examples of this kind of behavior almost daily and find it difficult
to believe you have had none in 20 plus years.  I suspect we just regard it


At 03:13 PM 8/25/2013, you wrote:
>Hmm I have been blind now 22 years and sighted 21 years.  I haven't 
>been stereo typed that I know of since I have been blind so I agree 
>with you Sina.  Now I have been stereo typed because I am short, white, 
>geeky, conservative, X-military, Baptist, , muscly, etc etc so maybe I 
>am just missing the relevance of this study if it doesn't include 
>stereo types that happen regardless of you being blind or not.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Blindmath [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Sina 
>Sent: Sunday, August 25, 2013 3:35 PM
>To: 'Blind Math list for those interested in mathematics'; 'NFB Young 
>Professionals List'
>Cc: 'Advice and support for blind cooks'; 'blparent'; 'Colorado 
>Association of Blind Students List'; acb-l at nfbnet.org; 'Blind Talk 
>Mailing List'; 'National Association of Blind Students mailing list'; 
>'Arizona Association of Blind Students List'; 'NFB of Colorado Discussion
>Subject: Re: [Blindmath] Survey regarding perceptions of stereotypes 
>about blindness
>Putting aside the relevance of whether this message is on/off topic 
>(since similar studies have been forwarded on here before, and I do 
>feel it's important to get as many participants as possible for such 
>research), I do have some concerns about the wording below. The 
>wording, frankly, is neither here nor there, but the underlying 
>semantics and assumptions encapsulated in the questions being asked is 
>quite significant, I feel. The wording below implies an acceptance that 
>blind people are stereotyped somewhat always, and you're simply 
>interested in understanding how. While I feel that this is a fantastic 
>position to hold, especially if one is attempting to promote a 
>particular dogma or funding opportunity, for example, it might not be 
>the best tact to take from a research point of view, if that's of 
>interest, of course. For example, the email below, to me, seems to 
>speak to an already self-selecting and rather biased prospective 
>participant, namely that of a blind individual who has already been
stereotyped or blind individuals who feel like such stereotypes exists
independent of their own experience e.g.
>insert anecdotal evidence here.
>So, essentially, what I'm asking is whether it might not be more 
>appropriate to examine If such stereotypes exist as strongly as one 
>might believe, and furthermore to word the research query in such a way 
>so as not to immediately bias the potential participant?
>Just some thoughts.
>Take care,
>Twitter: @SinaBahram
>Website: http://www.SinaBahram.com
>Blog: http://blog.SinaBahram.com
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Blindmath [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of 
>Arielle Silverman
>Sent: Sunday, August 25, 2013 3:20 PM
>To: NFB Young Professionals List
>Cc: Advice and support for blind cooks; blindmath; blparent; Colorado 
>Association of Blind Students List; acb-l at nfbnet.org; Blind Talk 
>Mailing List; National Association of Blind Students mailing list; NFB 
>of Colorado Discussion List; Arizona Association of Blind Students List
>Subject: [Blindmath] Survey regarding perceptions of stereotypes about 
>Hi all,
>My name is Arielle Silverman and I am a doctoral student in the 
>Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of 
>Colorado. As you may know, I am conducting a series of studies for my 
>dissertation examining blind people's experiences finding employment as 
>well as your experiences in interacting with the sighted public. I 
>would appreciate your help with a brief online study investigating your 
>views about ways in which blind people tend to be stereotyped by society.
>The study should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. In 
>appreciation of your time, you will have the opportunity to enter a 
>raffle drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to a merchant of your 
>choice (Amazon.com, Itunes.com, Olive Garden, or AMC Theaters). All of 
>your responses in the study will be anonymous and confidential. Anyone 
>who is legally blind and at least 18 years old is welcome to participate.
>To begin please go to:
>Thank you as always for your assistance.
>Arielle Silverman, M.A.
>Doctoral Candidate, Social Psychology
>Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
>345 UCB
>Boulder, CO 80309-0345
>arielle.silverman at colorado.edu
>On 8/25/13, Kevin Lowe <kevl2686 at aol.com> wrote:
> > Thank you Marisa. Unfortunately I have already been in contact with 
> > the president of the travel and leisure division and she had no 
> > other ideas
> > what means I am currently using. Nonetheless I certainly do 
> > appreciate
> > suggestion.
> >
> > Thank you,
> > Kevin Lowe
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> > On Aug 25, 2013, at 10:16 AM, "M Lucca" <lucca.marisa at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >> Hi Kevin,
> >>
> >> I am not familiar with CRM software, albeit I know its purpose and 
> >> importance. You may find the NFB Travel and Tourism Division a 
> >> helpful resource, though. Perhaps you should contact one of the 
> >> Division's board members or officers for guidance. I presume the 
> >> Division may provide some sort of direction. Here is a link to the 
> >> Division's website http://www.nfbtravel.org/
> >>
> >> Regards,
> >>
> >> Marisa Lucca
> >> NFB Florida Member
> >>
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: Young_professionals
> >> [mailto:young_professionals-bounces at nfbnet.org]
> >> On
> >> Behalf Of kevl2686 at aol.com
> >> Sent: Friday, August 23, 2013 10:39 PM
> >> To: young_professionals at nfbnet.org
> >> Subject: [Young_professionals] CRM software
> >>
> >> Hello,
> >> Owning my own travel agency I have been trying to find a Customer 
> >> Relationship Management (CRM) program that is fully accessible with
> >> As of now I have yet to find one that will work.  So this brings me 
> >> to my obvious question, do any of you know of a JAWS friendly CRM 
> >> program?  Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
> >>
> >> Thank you,
> >>
> >> Kevin Lowe
> >> Better Days Travel, "We'll take you to a better place"
> >> www.BetterDaysTravel.com

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