(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.

(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.

(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.

(S) Spectrum | Blindness is on a Spectrum (#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 misconceptions that exist about blindness and low vision. In this post I want to bring attention to the point that blindness is on a spectrum.

Blindness can range from no light perception to usable vision. The term visually impaired can include a totally blind person but it is most commonly used to refer to a person that has some sight and you may also see the terms low vision or partially sighted.

Every blind or visually impaired person is unique, this includes the amount of sight they have all the way to how independent they are. Yes it is possible for blind and visually impaired people to be fully independent but it does take training, practice and it is up to each individual to get there at their own pace. It is important not to take one experience that is had with one person and generalize that upon the entire blind and low vision community. Every person grows at their own pace.

People that have some sight may still use the same tools as a totally blind person such as braille, a white cane or a guide dog and they may also use glasses along with these tools. It is best to ask a person what they can or can not see before making assumptions. The video below gives some more insight into this matter.

You can learn more about what I can see and not see here.

(R) Recreation for Blind and Visually Impaired People to Olympic Games (#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. I also hope to address some misconceptions regarding the blind and low vision community. In this post I want to highlight some recreation activities that have become olympic sports that are accessible to people who are blind or have low vision.

Skiing

Yes it is possible to race down a snow covered mountain when you are blind or visually impaired. This is possible with the help of a teammate as they provide audio description. Skiing is not just for recreation but blind and visually impaired athletes compete at the olympic level. Here is a video demonstrating how it is done.

Judo

Judo is a form of Japanese martial art. This is another olympic sport that is accessible to blind or low vision athletes. Learn more in the videos below.

Football 5-a-side

This is similar to FIFA football with a few modifications. Here is how it is done at the olympic level.

Some extra thoughts

It is possible for blind to enjoy sports and even take part at an olympic level. You can find a list of olympic sports that are accessible to blind and visually impaired people here.