Here we are, on yet another topic I feel must be addressed. You all go to an awareness raising session, devoted to blindness, and the different eye conditions there are. What organisations like the RNIB fail to mention, is that wearing what they call simi-specs, a type of lens that simulates the eye condition, is not the same as being truely blind, nor is walking a route, having known it all your life through vision. Imagine the following.
You have not seen anything all your life, no light, nothing. Every day, you have to learn routes, but all by feel. You have to memorise each landmark, each tactile road crossing, each grass verge, everything. As sighted people, you have visual references, for example, the colour of the ground, and any other references. Even if you were blind-folded, you would still know the route, because the memory of the visual route would be stored within your hippocampus, the area of the brain, situated in the temporal lobe, that deals with memory,. You would automatically know where you were going, so being blind-folded, and thinking you are doing a good thing, by simulating blindness that way, in actual fact, is wrong, and should not be done. If you wish to simulate it properly, take the sighted person, who is blind-folded, into an area that is unknown to them, then instruct them on how to use a cane. Whilst RNIB would frown upon this, I do not care. This is how to show people what living in our world, is truely like. If you wish, get a rehab officer from RNIB, to instruct them, on cane technique, as they would us. It is important for the sighted person to remember however, that the soul purpose of learning this cane technique, is soly for the purpose of the experieence, and under no circumstances, should they then try and transfer their skills to a blind person, without rehab training. They would have to undergo a rehabilitation course, and be certified as a rehabilitation officer, before they can attempt such teaching.
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