A few weeks ago, a good friend asked me.
Do I Think The Fully Sighted Community Understand The Blind and Visually Impaired Community?
My answer is yes, and no. They are in some ways, but aren’t in others.
The thing that really irritates me is, when you accidentally walk into someone, you are then met with the very aggressive, and rude, “Are you blind or something?”. This shouldn’t happen. This is one of the reasons that makes me feel that they aren’t.
There are many other instances that make me feel like the world is not open to the visually impaired community. Another instance of this would have to be shopping, which we all need to do to live and survive. Now, for some reason, the shop near to me seems to think strange and odd colours will attract you to buy products on an offer, such as red. Apparently it is in our minds, to associate red with OFFER OFFER OFFER! I unfortunately can’t see the writing in these red signs, as they seemed to have thought, umm what colour goes nice with red, umm I know, BLACK. Um i’m sorry, but no it doesn’t, what they don’t seem to realise, is that if someone can not see these signs, then they will just walk out. In some instances, you do actually feel as if they don’t care, and that they think, ah well, if you walk out, some other customer will walk in after you. This may be the case, but it doesn’t matter if that happens, you’re not doing a good job.
There are of course those who specifically go out of their way to help you. For instance, I mentioned above about shopping. Well my local shop is very attentive, as they’ve known me in there for years. They know that i’m visually Impaired, and they often go out of their way to help me. I think this is great, all shops should be like this.
Do you think the fully sighted understand the visually impaired community? Please let me know down below.