[nabs-l] Air Canada challenges deaf, blind man's right to travelalone; Burnaby

Jedi loneblindjedi at samobile.net
Thu Jun 11 09:44:26 UTC 2009


Monika,

The benefits to having sighted folks like you in our ranks are 
two-fold. First, you serve as a living example of the relationship 
blind and sighted people can share together: one free of dominance and 
one built in mutual trust and empowerment. Second, you have a unique 
ability to share our message with the sighted community in a way that 
your sighted peers will understand. Thanks for the work you and the 
other sighted folks do with us. We're honored to have you as part of 
our cause. Cheers.

Respectfully,
Jedi


Original message:

> And that is why I am glad to be a sighted member of the NFB. Even 
> though I knew that a blind person could do anything a sighted person 
> can before I joined, I have learned a lot more about how it can be done 
> since joining.
> Monika Reinholz



>> From: loneblindjedi at samobile.net
>> To: nabs-l at nfbnet.org
>> Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 22:29:50 -0400
>> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Air Canada challenges deaf, blind man's right to 
>> travelalone; Burnaby

>> Beth,

>> what your really dealing with is a psychosocial problem rather than a
>> physical one. The sighted can't imagine how a blind person can safely
>> opperate an emergency exit row let alone do much anything else because,
>> in their world view, sight is a basic requirement for function and
>> leisure. we know differently. sight is a convenience, not a necessary
>> prerequisite. when a sighted person meets a blind person, their first
>> thought usually is, "what would I do if I were in that situation? I'd
>> be afraid and unable to cope!" Most sighted people don't recognize that
>> they're suffering from a lack of information regarding blindness until
>> you point it out to them. When they really understand that they need
>> educating, most are open and willing to engage in the process. Those
>> who aren't are experiencing good old-fashioned prejudice that spans as
>> far back as ancient antiquitiy with the help of the blind prophet and
>> the blind beggar. Sounds simplistic. Mostly, it's not, but that's the
>> basic run-down of the thing.

>> Respectfully Submitted

>> Original message:
>>> Ok. But most airlines say, "You must be able to "see" the exit." Why
>>> is this and how can we justify being able to sit in an exit row?
>>> Beth

>>> On 6/10/09, Monika Reinholz <monika_r_r at hotmail.com> wrote:

>>>> Actually, Jim's not wierd. Emergency exit rows are bigger than the others,
>>>> therefore having more space for someones legs to be comfortable during
>>>> flight. Even I prefer emergency exit rows even though Im ony 5'5" because
>>>> its more comfortable for the legs. I can understand the kid rule they have
>>>> for the row but I believe everyone knows what they can do best. If a blind
>>>> person knows s/he can handle being in an emergency row, so be it and let
>>>> them sit where they are most comfortable.

>>>> Monika

>>>> Monika Reinholz



>>>>> Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2009 20:13:08 -0400
>>>>> From: thebluesisloose at gmail.com
>>>>> To: nabs-l at nfbnet.org
>>>>> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Air Canada challenges deaf, blind man's right to
>>>>> travelalone; Burnaby

>>>>> T's weird. What does height have to do with sitting in an emergency
>>>>> row? It would be better for a blind person not to sit in those rows
>>>>> anyhow because people ned to be directed from the aircraft visually.
>>>>> Beth

>>>>> On 6/9/09, Jim Reed <jim275_2 at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>>>>> Hey all,

>>>>>> Another air travel related issue I just learned of is that blind people
>>>>>> are
>>>>>> not allowed to sit in emergency rows. I am tall enough to "need" an
>>>>>> emergency row, so I guess I will hide my cane in the airport/airplane.
>>>>>> BTW,
>>>>>> I start cane travel training today.

>>>>>> Jim

>>>>>> "From compromise and things half done,
>>>>>> Keep me with stern and stubborn pride,
>>>>>> And when at last the fight is won,
>>>>>> ... Keep me still unsatisfied." --Louis Untermeyer



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