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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Mom and I, We Make a Team

by Donna J. Jodhan

As a blind person, it is vitally important for me to be able to have someone who can be my eyes. For me, that's my mom. For as long as I can remember, she has been my eyes; using her natural ability to help me cope. She has found ways to help me identify things. She has developed strategies to help me navigate my kitchen, and she naturally knows how to assist me whenever we go shopping.

In the general scheme of things, many people need to be taught or given certain hints and lessons when it comes to helping a blind person; but not my mom. One can easily say that she should know or that she ought to know but this is not always true. It should not be assumed that because you have a family member who is blind that you should know what to do. Not at all.

It often seems to me that whenever I am in need of an arm to guide me, she is there. Whenever I am looking for a lost object, she naturally knows how to help me find it. Now that I am unable to match my clothes for myself, she continues to help me find ways to organize my closet. In case you are wondering, mom does not live with me. She visits and when she does it is always a pleasure for me to have her on my team.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day. If you'd like to learn more about me, then you can visit some of my blog spots at:
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