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Equal Rights for Blind Americans? Author Says We’re not There Yet

The Heart of Applebutter Hill

As a member of various blindness, advocacy and guide dog organizations, it’s not uncommon to come across a request from a college student to take a survey on blindness, and I’m always happy to participate. Rarely, however, (in fact, never) have I run across one with the depth of thought displayed by Drexel student Nora Goldberg. If you’re blind or visually impaired, Nora would appreciate your thoughts, and she has offline options, though this form is accessible. Act soon, though, her assignment’s due the end of this week. http://goo.gl/UBHm7x

One of Nora’s questions is: “Do you feel as though you have the same rights, privileges and freedoms as people who are sighted? Please explain.” This one really pushed my buttons. No one ever asked me that. The answer is no, and the explanation took me all afternoon. So, at the risk of revealing too much about my inner psyche, I…

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3 thoughts on “Equal Rights for Blind Americans? Author Says We’re not There Yet”

  1. Hi Ann, Thank you so much for re-blogging my article. I’m sorry that it still resonates as much as it did when I wrote it. It’s a testament to how much more we have to do. Again, I appreciate your sharing it with your friends.

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      1. Agreed. The message has to get out to the sighted world. Otherwise, it just acts as a way to comfort other blind people that they aren’t in this alone and they aren’t imagining things. That’s a good thing for sure, and we have more of that kind of support since the computer, but we need to break through that brick wall between us and the sighted world. Blessings.

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