I am a furry who is visually disabled. Tunnel vision, one eye useful.
I have had vision problems since I was a kid. Very nearsighted.. It's a common problem, but
people with normal vision or fully corrected vision tend to not think much about it. Mine wasn't
fully correctable. At the time optometrists felt under correcting childrens eyes would help
improve their vision, so I was only corrected to 20/50. Though I would have been corrected to
Some might feel this would be fine as little kids don't drive or really need sharp vision. Well I
have news for them. Sitting in a school room with 20/50 vision made it impossible to see
what the teacher wrote on the chalkboard. I sat in the front, and could see the board
directly in front of me, but to the left or right I could not.
The teachers didn't seem to care other than letting me sit at the front, so my grades obviously
suffered. Along with my enthusiasm for learning.
I rarely ever talk about how I see, because when I do, people will say. "Oh I know, I don't see
as well as I used to. " Yes they have perhaps gone from 20/20 to 20/30 and need glasses to
read a newspaper. They have no idea what poor vision really is. I hope they never do..
I don't think bad of them, because they don't understand. As most other people don't and would
rather put disability out of their mind.
Diabilities like blindness, mental, or hearing is hard for other people to understand, because it is
hidden. A crutch or wheelchair shouts the problem to the world. So a poor interaction with a so
called normal person can go bad. People don't think about someone not seeing well or not hearing.
Makes a person feel they would rather you were sent somewhere as to not bother them.
It's nothing new, fortuantly there are many people who fight to make lives for the disabled
better. Hopefully with the advances of technology disabilities will be less of a problem for
those of us who have to deal with it.
I can still see good enough to draw on my computer, but many days I do not. That's why
I don't post much art anymore.
If anyone out there is planning to be a teacher, Please make sure your students can see
and hear well. Kids don't always admit they have problems since other kids tend to make
fun of those who do.