Video: Answering Ten Questions I Always Receive As A Blind Parent

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Video: The Visually Impaired People Tag

Video time! The Visually Impaired People Tag!

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The Visually Impaired People Tag

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Hello, my Treasures. Welcome back to another blog post!

As this tag is one focused on blindness, I’ve decided to do it and post it here..

This tag was started by Youtube’s Chatty Chelby and has made its rounds among many blind and visually impaired Youtubers. I’ll post my own corresponding video once it’s uploaded. The questions will be the same, and the answers will be similar, but I answer differently in videos than I do in blog posts. I tend to ramble a lot more in videos.

VIP TAG QUESTIONS

1. What medical condition caused you to be blind or visually impaired?

I have a degenerative eye disease called Lebers Congenital Amaurosis, often referred to as LCA for the sake of brevity. In my case, my retinas are scarred, thus leaving me with only peripheral vision.

2. In 3 words, describe your vision.

  1. Indistinct.
  2. Unreliable.
  3. Helpful.

The latter two responses may seem to counteract one another, but they don’t. My vision is both unreliable and helpful given the situation in which I’m placed. On bright days, it plays tricks on me and is most unreliable. On overcast days, it can be useful in distinguishing large contrasts in shading, like a pale sidewalk against grass or bold white lines on a street’s crosswalk.

3. What is the hardest thing to do being blind or visually impaired?

The most difficult part of being blind is the lack of freedom to just get up and go. I can’t leap into a car and drive to the mall if I want to. I can’t decide to go somewhere new without first getting assistance with the route and the layout of the destination. Even when traveling in familiar places, I must always keep the route in mind, and even then, weather or time of day can still make it exceedingly difficult to travel.

4. What is the best part about being blind or visually impaired?

Recently, a friend’s thirteen-year old daughter asked me this poignant question. I’m no stranger to receiving questions about my disability. I honestly love receiving them. The only way this world is going to combat the rampant ignorance surrounding blindness is for people to ask the questions they don’t know the answers to. I enjoy educating, and I welcome the queries that come my way.

I’ve been asked if I can dress myself, I’ve been asked if I know sign language, and I’ve been asked what the worst part of being blind is. I’ve never been asked what I enjoy most about it.

The question caught me pleasantly off guard, but the answer came to me within moments.

What I love most about being blind is the depth my blindness forces me to acknowledge in others. Not being able to see people forces me to look beyond the physical. The snap judgements that the sighted make, perhaps without even meaning to, are lost to me. I can’t glance at someone and think to myself, She’s too fat, or He’s got too many pimples, or Her hair’s too frizzy, or His shirt has a weird pattern. Sighted individuals see these things, and often decide the people harboring these traits are not worth getting to know.

I can’t do this, and I believe it might be blindness’s greatest gift.

5. What question do you get asked most about or because of your vision?

  • “Do you live alone?”
  • “Who takes care of you?”

I know that’s two questions, but they’re right along the same line, so I’m including both. As for the answers:

  • Yes, I do live alone.
  • Nobody takes care of me. I ask for help when I need it, but I don’t have a care-giver.

6. Do you have a cane, a guide dog, or neither?

I have a cane. I used to have a guide dog, but he was retired in 2014. I’m in the process of applying for my second, and hoping it works out in the end.

7. What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who is losing, going to lose, or has lost their vision?

Find the one person in your life who will understand and who will let you feel the grief of that loss. If you have at least one person on your side you feel comfortable talking to about how you’re feeling, it will make the transition more bearable.

8. What is one piece of advice you would give to a sighted person about interacting with a person who is blind or visually impaired?

Please don’t grab or touch us without our permission. I’ve been in situations where I’ve been grabbed by the arm and pulled across a road or down a sidewalk. If you did this to a sighted person, it would look like an abduction. That’s how it feels to us, but nobody blinks twice. Once they see the dog or the cane, they just assume we’re being helped.

It isn’t only rude to touch a blind person without our permission, it’s terrifying. If you wouldn’t grab a sighted person and manhandle them along, don’t do it to us. We are people. We have rights, we have triggers, we have things that frighten us and make us uncomfortable. For many blind people, being seized out of nowhere is one of these.

Please, just don’t do it.

9. Why did you join WordPress?

The original question was “Why did you join YouTube?” but as this isn’t YouTube, I’m altering it for this platform.

I joined WordPress because I enjoy writing. I knew that as I grew my business, I would need to get my voice out there, and while I’ve been told potential clients won’t be looking at blogs, YouTube channels or podcasts, I still enjoy writing my posts and filming my videos and recording my podcasts. I enjoy sharing my story with all of you. I want to inspire, and that doesn’t have to begin on a stage. It can begin right here, so long as I make the effort.

I’m so happy I did join WordPress and that I have begun my journey here. Every follow, every like, and every comment makes me smile. They let me know I’m making a difference, even if only a small one. Small ripples grow, and I’m blessed to have each and every one of you in my life.

10. Name 3 people to do this tag next.

If anyone I tag below does not want to do this, you don’t have to. And if anyone I haven’t tagged comes across this post and wants to do it, please send me a link to your blog post / YouTube video / podcast episode! I’d love to know your answers to these questions.

Tag, you’re it:

Jenna Farris, author of Safe Space

Maria, author of Girl Gone Blind

Tio, author of Travels With Tio

Treasures, if you haven’t checked out these blogs, you must. They’re some of my favorites, and they’re beautifully written.

I hope this post shed a little more light on what it’s like being a blind girl in a sighted world!

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Reblog: Five Random Questions – Tag

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A.M. Molvik answered the tag!

Thank you so much for doing this!

A.M. Molvik's Ramblings

Today we are going to be deviating from my normal book, writing, and personality blog posts to answer a tag that I received last Sunday. Although, since this is about me I could argue that this is a personality blog post…

Anyways, I was tagged by Sirena Rayleeta Lind with the Five Random Question tag. Thanks for tagging me!

What this is, is you go to ConversationStarters.com, and get five random questions to answer, so this could be interesting. 

Anyways let’s get started! I’m going to do this as similarly as I can to the original, but since I like to be able to check grammar before posting, I’m going to do this the normal way which is just writing the entire post and then publishing it. 

Do you believe in God?

Yes, I do.

He made me and everything in the world and He made it perfect, but…

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Tag, you’re it! Answering Five Random Questions About Myself

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Whenever I’m watching my favorite Youtubers tubing it up, some of the videos I adore most are question and answer videos. I will do this again for my podcast and Youtube channel once they are up and running, but because in depth questions need to be tempered with some fun from time to time, I’ve decided to post one here as well.

Each of these questions has been randomly generated from ConversationStarters.com and are not of my own creation. I’m doing this in Realtime, so you guys know what questions are coming just as well as I do right now!

Ready? Let’s do this!

Five Randomly Generated Questions

1. Who was the last person that you called or texted?

The last person I texted was my best male friend, Chris, and the last person I called was actually an Aira agent. See, those calls show up in my phone’s recent list, but I’m not sure they should count. So, before the Aira agent, my last call was to my sister.

I actually had to check my phone for this stuff, guys, because I have no memory. It’s so bad.

2. What is one of your favorite words or phrases?

I’m only allowed to pick one? See, this is just cruel. All right, I’m copping out. I’ll choose a word and a phrase! Take that, question! (Because the question apparently has feelings. Whatever. Don’t knock my delusions, guys, it’s totally impolite.)

A Favorite Word: Fathom.

“The fathoms below”, “my love for you is unfathomably deep”, “I cannot fathom why anyone who wasn’t promoting ‘ridiculous’ as the word of the day would record a Youtube video while wearing a mixing bowl on their head!”

There is a depth to this word, not only in its definition, but in its very utterance. Fathom. It rolls off the tongue with a sound both weighty and pleasant to the ear. There is something about its depth mirroring its own meaning that I really, really like.

A Favorite Phrase: “Mommy, I love you to Andromeda and back a hundred million million jillion billion times forever and ever!”

What? I don’t see anything written in this question that says it had to be grammatically correct. It is totally a coined phrase at this point because Rosie says it every day and it is the best phrase ever.

3. How often do you use your phone?

How often do you breathe? Haha! My phone isn’t glued to my hand all day because I bounce between it and my computer depending on where I’m working at the time, but with a new iPhone in the works, I’m likely to use it a lot more for blogging, recording and filming.

4. What do you do for fun?

I work. I know that sounds like a copout answer, but this right here? What I’m doing now? This is fun for me. I know it isn’t work in the traditional sense, because I’m not getting paid for it. To most, Rose’s father included, that isn’t work. That’s just wasting time following an unrealistic dream. I call it marketing myself, and this kind of marketing, let me tell you, is a lot more fun than the dry and boring sales kind.

5. What is the first thing that you notice when meeting someone new?

I notice their voice. As a blind individual, someone’s voice, their tone, the words they use, it’s all akin to glancing at a face and gaging their expression. Only a voice can often tell you a lot more about a person’s emotions than a mere glance can. Yes, some people are incredible at masking their voice so that it gives nothing away when emotions run high. My significant other is a prime example of this. But for most, it gives me that snap insight, and I have been put off by peoples’ voices before. I’m not shallow enough to be put off by the sound, but if someone is uptight, irritated, snobbish, rude, etc., it comes off quite clearly in the voice, and I’ve been put off pursuing acquaintances with people due to that vocal snapshot.

So, there you have it! This was a lot of fun. Maybe I should do one every week. I’ll need to think that one over!

Because I’d love to keep the random fun going, I’m going to tag three people in this post, and if you’re up for it, feel free to answer five random queries of your own, in any form of expression that comes naturally to you, using the questions from ConversationStarters.com!

Meet The Tagged Ones!

For what I will dub the Five Random Question Tag (don’t you love my originality), I call upon…

Jenna Faris!

Do I really need to explain why? You’re my sister. You get picked first for all the deer in headlights moments! Besides, you’re writing is incredible and I want to read more of it.

Liza Lane!

Liza, I absolutely love the way you word things, so I am totally throwing your amazing artistic self under this bus.

A.M. Molvik!

A.M., you wrote a whole post on personality traits and Harry Potter characters. You’re awesome, and I know you’ll kick tush at something like this. Feel free to tackle it in whatever way appeals to you! (If this appeals to you at all, of course.)

I will be reblogging your responses!

Until next time, my Treasures, I bid you a fond adieu.

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