[Nfbc-info] The Power of words--is this the image we want for our children with visual impairment?
Fred's Win7 Desktop
regenerative at earthlink.net
Thu Apr 7 01:01:18 UTC 2011
I can't tell all of what's going on, but I can spot Brit speak.
Anyone care to give a little DVS version?
Beach Cities Chapter
At 04:44 PM 4/6/2011, you wrote:
>This disgusting video is actually an ad for a public relations firm,
>but it is a terrible portrayal of a blind person. Possibly we can
>all protest to this firm, at the very least.
>I have to say YUK and Double YUK to this video. The pity button is
>not a desirable thing. Blind folks have been fighting for years to
>overcome the stereotype of "blind beggars" and pity for them not
>being able to see. The only thing missing in the video is that the
>guy was not selling pencils, lightbulbs or brooms door to door.
>The image of the blind as pathetic beggars keeps public perception
>of the blind right back in the 19th century and the unemployment
>rate of capable blind people sky high.
>I understand the point of the message but for those of us involved
>in the struggles for equal civil rights and opportunities for people
>with disabilities things like this video disgust and sadden us. It
>undoes so much of the work that we are doing.
>This video really illustrates how well-meaning people can do great
>harm while trying to do good.
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