[Ohio-talk] Story about blind man on WLWT

Marianne Denning marianne at denningweb.com
Sun Oct 9 16:10:32 UTC 2016


Rachel, I agree. Is a young man helping anyone news worthy? Does it portray
people with disabilities in a bad light? I have taken help from people in
the past. Sadly, because this went viral I will have to think hard before
accepting help because I don't want people taking my picture and posting it
for the entertainment of others. Have you seen anything on people with
disabilities helping others? It happens all of the time too.

On Sun, Oct 9, 2016 at 11:47 AM, Rachel Kuntz via Ohio-Talk <
ohio-talk at nfbnet.org> wrote:

> I believe we have to act in a manner in which is comfortable for us. I
> don't
> believe I have to accept unsolicited help. The boss in me believes I have
> the right to respectfully refuse help. That said, if I found myself in a
> situation like Marianne mentioned I don't know that I would have refuse the
> young person's assistance. I look at that situation as a chance to have a
> conversation and to educate. I am struck with the thought that sometimes
> the
> act of giving makes a person open to learning. Life is rarely black and
> white for me.
>
> Thanks,
> Rachel R. Kuntz
> Board Member
> National Federation of the Blind of Ohio
> 937.245.0547 cell
> rachelrkuntz at gmail.com
> www.nfbohio.org
> Live the life you want. Blindness is not what holds you back.
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ohio-Talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of
> Marianne
> Denning via Ohio-Talk
> Sent: Saturday, October 08, 2016 11:39 AM
> To: NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List
> Cc: Marianne Denning
> Subject: [Ohio-talk] Story about blind man on WLWT
>
> I tried to send a link so people could watch this article. An employee from
> Clovernook was crossing at an intersection recently. A 12 year old student
> offered to help him and the blind man accepted the help even though he
> crosses this intersection regularly. Apparently, someone took a picture and
> posted it to Facebook and it went viral. 2 television stations came out and
> interviewed the blind man and the student. First, I think it is great that
> the young man offered to help. I am concerned that the blind man said
> something to the effect that he never turned down help when offered because
> he might need help and people might not offer. I also have a problem with
> it
> going viral. I found out about the report from Carlton Walker who works at
> the national office. People helping each other isn't anything new. I hope
> we
> all accept and give help. I would love to hear from others.
>
> --
> Marianne Denning, TVI, MA
> Teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired
> (513) 607-6053
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Marianne Denning, TVI, MA
Teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired
(513) 607-6053


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