People have debated back and forth for decades about the above question. To me, there is no wrong answer. It’s more a matter of what works better for you. As a teacher at the Colorado Center for the Blind, I’ve encountered many different types of people. Some believe that if you have some sight, you should be thankful for it and use it as much as possible. Some have addressed the fact that having some sight can hinder you. For instance: You may have a decent amount of vision that means nothing if the sun is in your eyes. If someone is progressively losing their sight, they may cling to what they have until it’s gone. This makes the grieving process longer and more painful for the average person. So what do I think? Well, I have some sight in my right eye. While I appreciate what I’m able to see, I may not see forever. So to me, seeing some isn’t necessarily better than being completely blind. However, seeing some but knowing how to get by completely blind is better than denying the reality of going blind until your vision is completely gone. Due to the fact that every blind person’s condition is somewhat different, this is a tough call to make. But after reading this, ask yourselves, would you rather have a little vision or none at all? It’s not as easy to answer as it sounds.
There’s lots of art work in the World. Some is tactile. For the blind, tactile art is not only much easier to appreciate than visual art, but it gives the blind a ticket into creating art themselves. Anne Cunningham teaches an art class once a week at the Center. In this video, I will show you a masterpiece of hers.
You’ve seen him in photos and read my posts about him, but this is the first video that he stars in. Every morning, Dishon and I get to work much earlier than most of the staff. So Dishon is kind enough to make coffee for those who need a cup or two to get their day started. So in this video, allow me to introduce to you, my husband, Dishon Spears.
Braille is how we curl up with a good book in the evening. Braille is how we stay organized. Braille is what makes blind people more employable. Braille is what I have the privilege of teaching. There is nothing like giving someone the ability to read and right. Here is a short video explaining the basics.
Hello all. I have fabulous news. I have finally figured out how to upload videos to my blog. I can’t wait for you to see all of the videos we’ve done so far as well as future videos. I hope you enjoy this first one. It shows my trip to work in the morning.
If you were to put a hundred blind people in a room together, I can almost guarantee you that at least twenty of them would be considered tech savvy. As I’ve stated in previous posts, technology is taking over. Okay, what I said was, “IPhones are taking over.” But that’s not the only technology that has exploded. Almost everyone you know has a computer of some sort. On that computer, almost everyone you know will have access to the internet. And what is the internet saturated with? Web sites. Not only are there billions of web sites, but more and more of them are being built by individuals on their computer at home. Less people are needing assistance. But how would a blind person do it? In my case, I recently found an app for the IPhone that is very easy and blind friendly to use. I am in the process of building a site that will be a sister to this one. I will let you know whenit’s ready. I hope you will check it out when the time comes. Being that I am fairly average when it comes to technology, this sight will be something that I’m very proud of when it’s finished.
While it is not yet perfect or street legal, there is a car for the blind that has been designed thanks to the National Federation of the Blind and Virginia Tech University. Today during day one of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Colorado Centerfor the Blind, people were able to ride in the car with the first blind driver, Marc Riccobono. How does the car work? The driver wears special gloves that vibrate in specific places to indicate different actions. The driver’s seat vibrates, as well. This is possible with GPS and a plethora of sensors. Marc had the privilege of driving the car in Daytona a couple of years ago. It’s still in the works, but imagine how it would be if we could safely drive alongside our sighted family, friends and colleagues. Dishon used to drive and would love to be able to do it again. For more information and footage, visit http://www.nfb.org/blinddriverchallenge and visit the Colorado Center for the Blind facebook page.
Hello all. It’s been a few days. I’ve done this before and I’m doing it again. I hope that this time my followers won’t be shy. I’m looking for questions. If there was anything that I could blog about what would it be? If you’re afraid of offending me please don’t be. I would rather people ask questions than assume. You know what they say about assuming. As the title says, you have the floor. I welcome questions whenever they come to mind, but right now, I’m seeking them. So ask away. I will either reply in writing or demonstrate it through a video on my facebook group.
Why the redundant title? Well, your residential location speaks volumes. When married couples are looking for a home, they will agree on what is important to them. Do they want to live in the city? Do they want a more isolated area away from traffic and noise? For a blind married couple, and blind people in general, location matters. Since we don’t drive, we need to be near a bus stop or within walking distance of essentials. For instance: having the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market so close to us is fabulous. We can stop there on the way home from work or work in a weekend trip. Not only that, that same shopping center has a hair cuttery, a dry cleaners’, a nail salon and much more. Do we need a nail salon? Absolutely not. But it’s convenient for pampering on occasion. As far as bus stops are concerned, we have three potential bus stops we can use that are nearby. Two of them take us to the Littleton Light Rail Station and beyond. The other can get us to a local mall and a target. From there, the world is our playground. Where we live is the best of both worlds. It’s far enough away from traffic, but close enough to a busy street with bus stops that we’re not stuck. It’s the perfect combination for us as a blind married couple.
Ever wonder what the inside of our home looks like? Is it clean? Are there any pictures on the walls? Does the furniture match? Now is your chance to find out. Join tour guide Dishon and myself for a front to back, top to bottom tour of our home. All you have to do is find my group on Facebook. The name is the same as this blog. Please ask questions and leave comments. Critiques are welcome, too.