This blog not only deserves a click of the like button or a share on Facebook, this deserves a reblog. This blogger speaks such truth. Instead of shushing your children, teach them that it is ok to ask questions, explore, and learn about not only blindness, but about everything around them. Any chance I get, I will stop, get down on that child’s level and explain to him/her all about blindness, my cane, and Braille.
While at a friend’s house a few weeks ago, a little boy loudly asked his mother, “Is that the one with bwinded eyes?” His mother quietly told him yes, and then quickly tried to distract him with other things. Not to be deterred, he asked me, “How did your eyes get bwinded?” I must admit that I don’t have much experience around little children and feel a bit awkward around them no matter what the situation. But I told him openly that my eyes didn’t work because I’d been born too early, before they were ready to work. (OK, not completely accurate, but close enough.)
His mother continued to shush him and I felt a little angry at this. I wanted to say (but didn’t) “You’re teaching your child, right here and now, that blindness is something we shouldn’t talk about, something shameful perhaps.” I doubt very much that this…
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