[Missouri-l] Accessible world presents the debut of Issues Facing persons who are blind, Sept. 12, 2010
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Mon Sep 6 22:17:38 CDT 2010
"I believe you could really drive my car if you wanted to." "I forget all
about your being blind." "It's amazing how well you get around your
apartment." "You're taking care of the baby all by yourself! When will your
wife be home?" "Are you sure you have enough money to pay for the tickets to
On a daily basis, blind people are bombarded by well-meaning relatives,
friends, and acquaintances with questions like these. How should we answer?
Often treated like children, we are asked to think through situations and
choices a sighted relative or friend would never ask another sighted person
to. How can a blind person achieve equality in a relationship with a sighted
person? Does the "one way mirror" somehow diminish us? What advantages do
they have in seeing us when we can't see them? How can we make them more
comfortable and maintain our dignity at the same time? How important are
matters of etiquette in eating out, conversation, and other events? Often
treated and seen only in extremes, the sighted world consigns us to a
pedestal from which we cannot escape or sees us with eyes and minds filled
with pity. How can we finally attain that special place where we truly can
be ourselves without being set apart? Many of us are fortunate in having
tremendously open minded colleagues, friends, and family who happen to be
sighted--Some blind people lead lives of isolation choosing to be with other
blind people most of the time. How can we work together to change this
pattern and achieve the meaningful relationships we would all like to have.
Joanne Wolfe, the group facilitator will bring this innovative program to us
weekly. As a marriage and family therapist she brings a lifetime of
experience to these and other blindness issues.
Relationships are difficult under even the best circumstances. If you have
questions about relating to people who don't understand blindness and how it
affects you or want to do something that will bridge the gap and end the
awkward discomfort of a situation with a sighted person, come to this debut
of Issues facing all of us who are blind. Together, we will learn how to
climb the slippery slope and discover effective solutions that will lead to
meaningful communication with sighted individuals and convey in new ways who
we are and how much we have to give.
We meet every Sunday telephonically at 9:30 PM EDT. Just a few minutes
prior to the event, please call 218-844-3388 and use the pin: 090807
followed by the pound sign. We look forward to meeting you on September 12.
These programs will not be recorded.
Joanne Wolfe, Group Facilitator
Email: Joannewolfe42 at yahoo.com.
Time: 6:30 PM. PDT, 7:30 PM MDT, 8:30 PM CDT, 9:30 PM EDT,
and elsewhere in the world Thursday 01:30 GMT.
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topic and times for the many Discussion Groups on Accessible World. The
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Accessible World Contacts:
Robert Acosta, Chair
Email: boacosta at pacbell.net
Marcia Moses, Events Coordinator
Email: mgmoses at comcast.net
Steve Hoffman, President
Email: steve at talkingcommunities.com
The Accessible World, a division of Helping Hands For The Blind, a 501(c)(3)
not-for-profit organization, seeks to educate the general public, the
disabled community and the professionals who serve them by providing highly
relevant information about new products, services, and training
opportunities designed specifically to eliminate geographic and access
barriers that adversely affect them
Robert Acosta, President
Helping Hands for the Blind
Email: boacosta at pacbell.net
Web Site: www.helpinghands4theblind.org
You can assist Helping Hands for the Blind by donating your used computers
to us. If you have a blind friend in need of a computer, please mail us at
the above address.
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