[blindkid] Blind children making good health decisions, along with parents

Chris Nusbaum cnusbaumnfb at gmail.com
Mon May 11 12:04:55 UTC 2015

Eric and Others,

I don't think anyone would dispute the importance of good health and learning the basics which allow us to make good decisions about our health. However, I'm a bit skeptical about its relevance as a topic for parents of blind children to consider specifically. Is making good health choices more important for blind children than it is for sighted children? As a blind person, I don't think so. General health—eating, exercise, etc—effects blind people, but only to the extent that we are human and are therefore subject to the same consequences of bad decision-making as any other human. In other words, I think blind children should have access to the same health information as sighted children. However, I don't see a need for specialized attention to be given to the health of blind children, and I certainly don't think TVI's should get involved in the health of a student.

Just my thoughts,

Chris Nusbaum

> On May 11, 2015, at 2:59 AM, Eric Calhoun via blindkid <blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Carol, thanks for the gentle reminder.  Alison, I learnned all about
> healthy and unhealthy foods through the Children's Better Health Institute,
> in Indianapolis, IN.  I was required to take health classes all through my
> schooling.  I leared about myths in eating and "good health decisions."  I
> would say that as someone blind myself, I have valued things like backing
> away from alcohol in large volumes, never to smoke, and cut back on sugar.
> So Alison, some blind people don't get all the info, but it's out there.
> As a child, I decide   what was appropriate for me to eat, and so did my
> mom.  But any school who does that to a child, blind or sighted, needs to
> be sued!
> Eric Calhoun
> ..
> Eric from Los Angeles reminds you to remember to try to be good to each
> other.  eric at pmpmail.com; also on Facebook.
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