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

bookwormahb at earthlink.net bookwormahb at earthlink.net
Thu Apr 7 02:53:09 UTC 2011

I have a little vision and some of it did show begging.
It was outside and someone handed him change.
There were little actual words so I'm not sure of all the content.
Perhaps you are sighted, Ann and can explain what action was offensive?
Its sad when comericials come about that pick on a minority.
-----Original Message----- 
From: 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.


Anne Ward
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