I was recently very kindly tagged to do The Disability Misconceptions Tag by Glen, and I thought that I would tell you my answers..
The topic of disability misconceptions always comes up in some way, shape or form, and I think that it’s always great to talk about it and try and disprove them.
Anyway, that’s enough of me rambling, here’s my answers to The Disability Misconceptions Tag.
1. What is your disability and how does it impact on you?
I am registered as being severely partially sighted, and suffer from a genetic Eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa, or RP for short. This means that I have very reduced peripheral vision, also known as tunnel vision, Night Blindness, Floaters, which are like little strands of white fluff that float around my Eyes, and light sensitivity whenever my Eyes come into contact with a Camera Flash.
2. What is the most common misconception that you come up against with your disability?
There are quite a few that constantly come up, but the one that’s the most common is, “How much can you actually see?”.
Because I always walk around with a White Cane, people assume that I have absolutely no vision left at all, which simply isn’t true. I mean I don’t have twenty twenty vision or anything, but I do have enough vision left to get around.
Another one that’s really common, is “Won’t glasses help?”.
I stopped waring my Glasses over a year ago now, as I found that they just weren’t helping me any more. I had worn Glasses for over 20 years before I finally stopped wearing them, and If I had thought that they were of any help to me, I would of course continued to wear them.
3. Which misconception annoys you the most?
I would probably have to say that disabled people are incapable of doing things for themselves.
For example, i’ve heard a couple of stories from some other visually impaired friends who have been asked things such as, “how do you feed yourself”, and “how do you choose your clothes”, which as you can probably guess is absolutely ridiculous. Yes some of us do need help to do things, but the majority of us are actually pretty intelligent, independent, and only ask for help when we truly need it.
4. Do you do anything to combat these misconceptions?
I just live my life and show people that I can do things for myself, even if it does take me a little bit longer to do something. For example, it might take you five minutes to walk to your local shop, but because i’m visually impaired, and have to use my other senses to do things like cross the road, it will probably take me ten or even fifteen minutes to get there.
5. What more do you think can be done to tackle the misconceptions surrounding your disability?
Personally, I think it comes down to education and awareness
In my opinion, I think that blindness and both the positives and negatives that come with it should be talked about in schools by someone who has first hand knowledge about it. I also think that charities and people that are in the public eye should talk about Blindness and being visually impaired a lot more. Yes, there’s a lot of great work being done by charities such as RNIB, Scope, and Guide Dogs For The Blind, but I think that a lot more could still be done.
There you go, that’s my answers to The Disability Misconceptions Tag.
I’m now supposed to nominate a few people to also answer these questions too, so I nominate…
What are some of your answers? Do you think that being blind and visually impaired should be talked about in Schools too? Please let me know down below.