My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Perception

This morning I went to make a copy for a client. I couldn't read the paper I was about to copy for her, and I told her sorry if this is hard to read. She laughed and told me she could read it just fine. Often, I find myself thinking holding a paper and possibly seeing some black fuzz is how everyone perceives this paper. I then realized that others who aren't blind also probably are just aware of what they are wearing all day and don't simply visualize it in the morning. These aren't big deals but for some reason today perhaps because I'm reflecting on a couple talks have noticed this a bit more as I think what is a little different in my world.

One of the topics I have been asked to present on is: A Respectable Professional? What does blindness have to do with it? My basic answer is nothing. However, that won't quite take 15 minutes. Am I missing something?

6 comments:

MAXMOM IN SA said...

Hey there Becky...
I have come a long way since my younger, naive days...

I remember, in my early 20's, having to 'interview' a blind person for a position for a company.
It was a life changing experience, in that I couldn't rely on the 'professional visual' image of eye contact in my interview - something which gave me many clues to the person behind the applicant.
I found myself closing my own eyes during the interview - in a feeble attempt to access the applicant's world.
The position was for a 'switchboard operator'.
Since she would be stationed in a reception area, she had to 'look smart' and reflect the company image.
Sadly, the only thing which prevented her from getting the job, was the fact that she was covered in dog fur. (How could I have told her?)
The experience (as a whole), will stay with me forever. It was the moment that I realised and understood the harshness of the world in which we live (as sighted people)
Thought I'd share that with you.
Sending lotsaluv
MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

Beth Finke said...

You mention a talk called ""A Respectable Professional? What does blindness have to do with it?" Is this a talk *you* are giving, Becky? Or one you attended?

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

I think your short answer is correct. Being a respectable professional has nothing to do with vision. You are the only blind person I know, and perhaps may be the case for many in your listening audience. So I appreciate your role as an educator (which you are so great at) for those of us who are unaware of all those little differences that make up your daily life.

Becky said...

Maxmom - thank you so much for taking the time to share this insight. I think one who is blind can work hard to make 'eye contact' -- there are many ways to learn and be able to do so. And, one blind or not can avoid being covered in dog fur. I really appreciate someone telling me if I have something on my clothes, rubbing the lint roller to take off dog fur just as someone who is sighted appreciates it. Great to have you back. xoxo.
Beth - that is the title of the talk they would like me to talk on. Can you come for a visit to Utah and help!
Mimi - Oh sweet. I am thrilled someone is interested!

Myrna R. said...

I guess your talk is going to be delivered to other professionals. Respect and appreciation of difference is always a hallmark of a good, and sensitive professional. Blindness is one of those differences. You exemplify for them what this means and you can teach them some sensitity skills based on your own experiences. I think your talk will be very interesting.

Becky said...

Myrna - actually this speech is for other individuals who are blind. it is respectable to be blind is the theme! love that message.