[blindkid] FW: [Pibe-division] Be Seen

Carrie Gilmer carrie.gilmer at gmail.com
Fri Sep 23 14:30:10 UTC 2011




From: pibe-division-bounces at nfbnet.org
[mailto:pibe-division-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Dr. Denise M.
Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2011 12:17 PM
To: Professionals in Blindness Education Division List
Subject: [Pibe-division] Be Seen


Be SEEN <http://blindgeteducated.blogspot.com/2011/09/be-seen.html>  

As I set up and teach my students about
<http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/on-your-computer/windows/> SKYPE
or  <http://www.google.com/chat/video> Google Video, I often hear the
phrase, "I don't need video because I'm blind!"

I remind them of our lessons on "looking people in the face," when talking
to them, standing and walking tall and confident, and making that personal
connection. It is the same principal. Sighted people want to "see" you. To
make a good impression, we need to hold ourselves in a certain way and with
the majority of people being sighted, they want to see, so let's be SEEN. 

Even when I virtually meet with people around the country: Given a choice of
whether we do just voice over a phone or video conferencing, across the
board, people want video. It does not matter that you cannot see someone;
video is like standing next to them, making that connection, almost like a
touch. It is getting outside ourselves and thinking about what works best
for that other person. Then finding a way to make it happen and
accomplishing so much more in the process




Denise M. Robinson, TVI, Ph.D. 
Teacher of the Blind & Visually Impaired
TechVision-Independent Contractor

Specialist in blind programming/teaching/training

509-674-1853     <mailto:deniserob at gmail.com>  deniserob at gmail.com




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