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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Visualizing What Someone Looks Like

by Donna J. Jodhan

For most blind persons, this is a very difficult chore. However, if you were born with vision and then you have lost it later on in life, this is not too hard to do. Why? Because for someone who was born with vision, they have had the opportunity to see and it is easy to transform this into visualization after losing vision.

As for me, I was born with very little and when I was a teen I got quite a bit of vision that enabled me to see faces. What a shock it was for me. Before I received my new vision, I had imagined certain things about specific persons; specifically what they would or could look like and when I got to see the real person, then I had to learn.

In a few cases, I was halfway there but for the most part I had to learn about looks, faces, body structures, and so much more. I had to learn that everyone in their own way was unique in look. Each person had a unique walk and set of mannerisms. Each person had a unique combination of facial structure, skin color, mannerisms and gestures, and so on.

Now that I have lost most of my vision, I can still visualize and it helps me to characterize persons. Lots of fun for me.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and encouraging you to go out there and tell the world that yes indeed! Blind persons can certainly enjoy things by using their sense of touch. If you'd like to learn more about me, then you can visit some of my blog spots at:
Donna Jodhan! Advocating accessibility for all: http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com
Weekly Saturday postings on issues of accessibility: http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog/blog.html
blogs on various issues and answers to consumers concerns: http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm

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