[nabs-l] The diversity in a movement.

Kayla James christgirl813 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 29 20:37:22 UTC 2015


I think you're correct and someone should write an article about this in the Braille Monitor.

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On Jan 29, 2015, at 1:53 PM, Darian Smith via nabs-l <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:

> Hi all,
> 
>  Recent  conversation on the list has started me thinking about whether or not there is a particular type of person who fits the ideal of what a federationist  is or is not?
> I have personally come to believe that there isn’t such a thing as an ideal Federationist.   I think there are most certainly things that the Federation  believes in,  and  practices/models such as the proficient use of alternative techniques (Braille, cane travel, daily living skills, technology), the expectation of    equal treatment in society  and equal   responsibility on the part of the blind person to  achieve that equality, but I don’t think only certain people can achieve those things. 
> I tend to believe that while the Federation has it’s flaws (as does any organization/group of people) it/we are an  organization full of people who come from different backgrounds with a diverse set  of skills, interests, beliefs, etc.  I think  many of the members of this  movement/our movement are vital because of the types of leaders they are, the types of supporters they are and the types of believers (in the type of future  the blind can have and abilities the blind possess).
>  I think we are truly equal parts geniuses and Jerks, we can be as sweet or cynical as anyone and as humble or arrogant  as any other human being. 
>  Basically,  I believe we come in different shapes and sizes, with  varying skills and styles.
>  What do others think?
>  Darian   
> 
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