Confessions of a Blind Guy | My Thoughts On The News Lately May 2019

There’s been quite a lot in the news about being Blind or Visually Impaired lately, and I thought that I would tell you some of my thoughts on some of the stories that have caught my Eye.

me stood on some grey stone paving in front of a large rectangular window wearing a medium green jacket, a bright blue jumper, a pair of black trousers, and a pair of black Leather boots holding a long red cane, on a light background.

A picture of me holding my Red Cane.

Anyway, that’s enough of me rambling, here’s my thoughts on some of the latest Blind and Visually Impaired News Stories that have caught my Eye.

A screenshot of a Very Marketing email with the subject line unless you're legally blind, put your eyes on this.

A screenshot of a Very Marketing Email.

Very sent out an Email with the subject line “unless you’re legally blind, put your Eyes on this”.

Not only was this incredibly offensive, but I also thought that their response, “that “the computer generated message was a result of a technical fault in a new tool that we were testing”, was a complete and utter load of rubbish. Firstly, I don’t know of any kind of software that will write the subject line for you. Some software will offer you suggestions on what to type next, but none of them will actually write the subject line for you. Secondly, even if a software tool had written the subject line for you, it would have still needed someone to have clicked an OK button to authorise that’s what you wanted it to type. Lastly, even after all that, it would have gone threw several hands of their Marketing or PR Team to make sure that the content of the message fitted the narrative that they wanted to send out, so someone should have caught it before it was allowed to be sent to thousands of people. Things like this only perpetuate  the stereotype that Blind and Visually Impaired people can’t see anything, and that simply isn’t true, as 93% of us can actually see something.

Some different coloured Lego Bricks embossed with Braille dots, on a white background.

A picture of some Lego Braille Bricks.

Lego have launched a range of Braille Bricks to help Children learn Braille through play.

The Lego Foundation and Lego Group have announced that they will be launching a range of Bricks embossed with Braille that will include approximately 250 Bricks covering the Alphabet, Numbers, selected Maths symbols and inspiration for teaching and interactive games that will be released next year. I think this is great, as it will encourage Blind and Visually Impaired Children to learn Braille at an early age in a very accessible and playful way. I don’t know Braille myself, but i’m looking into how to learn it and think that these would be great for both Children as well as anyone who wants to try and get to grips with Braille in a very easy way.

A clear glass TV Cabinet that has a wide black flat screen TV and a white vase full of some green flowers on it, on a white background.

A picture of a Black Flat Screen TV.

ITV have cast Louise Brealey to play a Blind Piano Tuner in their latest Thriller The Widow.

ITV have unfortunately cast a fully sighted person to play someone who’s Visually Impaired in one of their latest shows. In a recent interview, it was reported that Louise had said that it was a challenging role because in order to portray her character convincingly, many of her scenes required her to make absolutely no eye contact with her costars and to use various pieces of kit such as a walking stick for the blind. Firstly, I have a major issue with the fact that a fully sighted person has been cast in the role of a Blind person, as there are many brilliant Blind and Visually Impaired actors who not only would be great for the role, but would also bring a much needed dose of added experience of actually being Blind to it. Secondly, most Blind and Visually Impaired people can actually see something, so even if they can’t look into someone’s Eyes, we still look at their Faces or in the direction of where the Voice is coming from. Lastly, no Blind or Visually Impaired person uses a Walking Stick for the Blind, as they’re called a White Cane.

There’s a lot more Blind and Visually Impaired News Stories that have caught my Eye lately, but I thought that I would just tell you my thoughts on a few of them.

My sources in this post were Twitter, the RNIB and the Radio Times, but all thoughts, opinions, and general ramblings are my own.

Have any Blind and Visually Impaired News Stories caught your eye lately? What were they? What do you think of my thoughts on the stories that I covered? Please let me know down below.

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Luke x

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