Re: Admin's Notes Re List Conduct, Please Read #adminnotice
I just want to add how sad I feel that this topic has come up at all and that it has persisted so long and yet here I am adding to it.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
Over my 7 decades as a blind man the one consistent observation I continue to experience is that atitude of the blind that blindness related employment should be provided preference to blind candidates rather than the most capable and/or competent persons. Often these are the same sort who would object to sheltered workshops but really what is the difference?
The Windows environment and mouse access is never a system blind persons would ever have created so as a result if we intend to access the technology it will of necessity be a question of compromise.
Similarly if we as blind persons were to create cities we wouldn’t use coloured lights as signals but if we are to function and participate we will have to adapt. We probably want seeing persons to orient us to such environments too. Certainly I do.
I was a long time believing that a touch screen device like the iPhone could ever be accessible and if so even practical however it is now pretty well exclusively my device for interaction with the world but this is the exception.
I recently acquired a large air filter which is touch screen and totally inaccessible. Similarly our kitchen range is hardly accessible but with markings we are getting by.
More to the point it was a sighted daughter which made access possible.
We have three seeing kids, one girl has made most of her teaching career teaching children with behavioral issues although she is not so afflicted. Our other daughter is a teacher of the visually impaired and has recently become certified as a orientation and mobility instructor. I don’t see how her vision should disqualify her for those functions and I would propose her background with blind parents might actually contribute to her suitability.
Now retired, I was a physiotherapist in a variety of settings primarily interested in acquired brain injury. Not everyone felt I was suitable for the role but once I made my way into advanced courses it was soon understood that blindness gave me some advantages and some disadvantages, just as others in the programmes had strengths and weaknesses.
What is my point?
This topic demonstrates that prejudice is live and well in the blindness community just like in the general population.
I don’t really know what Brian’s role is in the NVDA project but I hope it is his competence we judge him by.
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On Dec 30, 2020, at 11:44 PM, Brian Vogel <britechguy@...> wrote: