[nobe-l] The Power of words--is this the image we want for ourchildren with visual impairment?

Albert J Rizzi albert at myblindspot.org
Thu Apr 7 00:25:08 UTC 2011

How did you come to view this insulting piece?

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-----Original Message-----
From: nobe-l-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nobe-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf
Of Anne Ward
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2011 7:44 PM
To: Undisclosed-Recipient: ;@smtp108.sbc.mail.gq1.yahoo.com
Subject: [nobe-l] The Power of words--is this the image we want for
ourchildren with visual impairment?

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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