(X) X-Men? | Do Blind and Visually Impaired People have Superpowers? (#AToZChallenge 2021)

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My theme for the 2021 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is to give an overview of what it is like to be visually impaired and to address the misconceptions regarding those in the blind and visually impaired community.

Some people believe that people who are blind or visually impaired have super hearing or super scent or touch as if it were a superpower. This is not actually the case. It is possible that a lack of eyesight forces a person to focus more on what is around them so they are more aware of the smaller details that others with sight may not rely on.

I have low vision myself and I find I take in my surroundings by listening to everything rather than relying on my vision but I do not have any superpowers.

I just want to add one more thing: blind and visually impaired people are not superheroes just for taking a walk on their own or holding a job or for doing any other common task in life. We are just like any sighted person out there and want to be treated as so.

Well if I did have a superpower I would like to have the power to fly.

(W) (wonderbaby.org) | A Great Resource for Parents of Blind and Visually Impaired Children (#AToZChallenge 2021)

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My theme for the 2021 Blogging from A to Z Challenge is to give an overview of what it is like to be visually impaired and to address some misconceptions regarding the blind and visually impaired community. Today I want to reach out to the parents of children who are blind or have low vision.

The site Wonder Baby was started by a parent of a child with a visual impairement. It is a useful resource regarding various topics from playtime to learning for children who are blind or have low vision. There are also resources for children with multiple disabilities.

This is a place for parents to connect and share ideas and tips. Your child can have a wonderful and thriving childhood even without eyesight. There is assistive technology and many resources to help you and your child succeed along the way.

Take heart and start this wonderful adventure with your child.

(V) Vision Loss is not a Death Sentence (#AToZChallenge 2021)

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My theme for the 2021 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is to give an overview of what it is like to be visually impaired and to break down misconceptions regarding the blind and low vision community.

I have heard it said that some people would choose death rather than losing their vision. I have heard some people think that vision loss is worse than death. I hope that the posts I have shared in this series have proved that vision loss is not a death sentence.

People who are blind or have low vision can and do lead full and productive lives. Yes, they may accomplish tasks differently than a person who is sighted but the task still gets done.

Blindness or low vision adds an extra layer of adventure into life but it does not stop life, instead it makes life more interesting.

Where there is a will there is a way. If you know someone who is blind or has low vision encourage them to follow their dreams and to live their lives because they have so much to contribute.

I know that this mindset can only be changed by sharing examples of what is possible. Click here to find out what is possible.

(U) UV Rays | Remember to Protect Your Eyes from the Sun (#AToZChallenge 2021)

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My theme for the 2021 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is to give an overview of what is like to be visually impaired and to break down misconceptions regarding the blind and low vision community. I want to focus on something a little different in this post.

I want to remind everyone reading this that it is so important to protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays.

Ray’s. Can easily damage your eyes.

Remember to take sunglasses or a hat with you when you are out in the sun. Protect your eyes and do not take your eyesight for granted.

I just wanted to pass on this warning so this will be a short post. The video above will explain more. Thank you for reading this post.

(T) Tactile Graphics for Blind and Visually Impaired People (#AToZChallenge 2021)

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My theme for the 2021 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is to give an overview of what it is like to be visually impaired. I also hope to address misconceptions regarding the blind and low vision community.

In this post I want to bring attention to tactile graphics. This allows people who are blind or have low vision access maps, graphs and drawings.

I have not had an opportunity to use these tools myself but I wanted to put this out there and I hope it will help others. These tools make math and science accessible and easier to grasp for those who are blind or have low vision.

Here are some helpful videos.