domingo, 19 de noviembre de 2017
frequently asked questions about people with visual impairment.
hi there! As the title indicates, in this article I try to answer, in the clearest possible way, those questions that people may ask themselves about the visually impaired. The following answers are answered mostly by my point of view, although it is also influenced by those of other blind people I have known over the years. This is not to say that someone disagrees, although I will try to be as partial as possible. That said, let's get started. blind people like you, can dream? If so, how do you do it? I've always been curious as to why the question was asked, and I've been asked quite a bit, so here's my point of view: At first place, Keep in mind that dreams are not seen, you have them. I personally, never having seen, I don't dream of images. I know of cases of people who have lost their sight at a relatively old age to keep visual memories that still dream of them, or of colors. Personally I dream of sounds, smells, tastes (there are those where I can "eat")... and the strange thing about these is that I never bump into people, even without a cane or visual aid. How do you see? Black, white? how does it feel? This is one of the most frequently asked questions I've been asked. If we think about it, it has its logic: I understand that when a person who is not visually impaired closes his eyes, he sees all black, just as I know that when there is a "very blinding" light he sees "all white", and it is understandable that they associate this with not really seeing. It makes it impossible for me to express in words what it is to "see nothing", not perceive anything through the eyes. I suppose it would be something like trying to look at something from a part of our body that is not really qualified for it. Hands, for example. A somewhat mixed response, I know, but it's pretty close to reality. How do you read, how do you write? Surely many of you have already heard of Braille, the universal system of reading and writing for the blind invented by Louis Braille in the mid-19th century. Braille is made up of combinations of relief dots, which makes it possible to read them. It can be written with machines designed for this purpose, or regletas, which are like tables with boxes where you can insert the dots in the sheet. It is worth noting that this latter method is often more cumbersome, because of its reverse writing. Do you have access to current technologies? This is in the blog presentation, (in spanish yet), but explained very briefly. Most blind people can use a computer or cell phone just as a person without a disability would. This is thanks to certain programs, whose function is usually to read everything that is on the screen of the device... except the images, of course, although there is even a way to read the texts on them or to label graphics so that our respective readers "remember" them, verbalizing them when necessary. There are blind people who also have a "braille line" (Go to the previous question, if you don't know the term), which does its job by transcribing in real time what exists on the braille screen. I don't really know how this method works, since I don't have one and I never had the chance to try it, but it's not something that is very widespread. Thanks to these programs or utilities we can participate in a social network... or write a blog...and much more; there are almost unlimited possibilities in this field. Can you watch TV or movies? For some people this question may seem very obvious to them, but there are people who consider that it is impossible for us to do it because the action contains the word "watch". Personally I am very much in favour of a good movie on rainy nights, and I usually go to the movies with friends too. Speaking of movies, there is a system called Audesc (or audio description) that basically describes everything on the screen while the characters are not talking or there is no indication of what they are doing. Unfortunately, this is not widely implemented in cinemas. But that's not all! This number of questions is relatively insufficient. I will be updating as more questions arise. And what would you ask a visually impaired person?