I have been contemplating over in my head whether to publish this post....THEN I came across a few other blogs about blindness and
you know what?
If you want to hear how crappy it is to be blind and how it makes like SO DIFFICULT and learn how to clean up after you spill a drink, there are blogs out there for you, but it's not here!
Anyway, on that note, let me begin...
Can I just say how much I love, love, love that I know the blind people I know!?!
Because I have been lucky!
I had quite the month of July and haven't blogged yet because I haven't known where to even start, lame excuse I realize, but it's the truth.
I started off my month a the National Federation of the Blind Convention in Dallas, Texas! It was fun, educational, empowering, rejuvenating...all of the above!
I love to go to this convention every year because it's like a family reunion for me. Plus it's the shot in the arm I need to remind myself that I need to be a good example and leader for blind people. It was fabulous because, guess what, the NFB believes in blind people and that rocks in my opinion!
STARK CONTRAST AHEAD!
Two weeks later I got to attend another conference for work. Now I have this internal debate to mention this organization or not, so I won't but it was in Little Rock, Arkansas in July and involved a group of "Blindness Professionals." For my sake, and becuase it's flippin' funny, we will call it the EAR Conference.
I know that I'm throwing this all out there, on the world wide web, and my head isn't that big to think people actually read this blog on a regular basis or that what I say anyone really cares about so with that in mind, here I go....
I left Little Rock, after spending a day and a half at the EAR Convention, feeling angry. Now if I didn't already have the confidence I do, and the role models I do, I would have left feeling like my life was going to be pathetic, at best and that I should just learn to deal with it.
Let me share with you what I learned:
1. The safest way for a blind person, like myself, to cross a street is to carry a large orange flag across the street with me so cars are VERY aware of my existance. I personally don't wanna carry a flag around with me everywhere, plus orange just doesn't go with most outfits. As a colleague of mine said, "I know, if we all go out naked, I'm certain cars would stop for me!" (DISCLAMER: I am not encouraging streaking...unless it's for your safety!)
So if you don't wanna go naked, here's a couple of options for you: