Upon checking into the airport recently I was asked this question rather awkwardly. At first, I was so confused what she was asking me then she added 'with your eyes'. Then I realized she was asking me if I was legally blind! Yes, I said I am blind! Bless her ... she was so worried about asking me that!
Another experience on the flip side while interviewing a new therapist for our office occurred. She was surprised to see my dog in the corner, and I gave her a brief intro and we proceeded with the interview. She had spoke with three colleagues in my office prior to the interview -- they all had shared different attributes about me none of which were that I was blind. For some reason that surprised me a bit, and one of them noted - its just not something I even think about.
As I have pondered these two very different scenarios, I am reminded that blindness initially may seem like a dominant characteristic tp someone but as we get to know the individual it becomes simply one of many characteristics of that person.
Your thoughts or experiences?