As you can tell from the title, today’s post is the disability misconceptions tag which was created by Nicola. If you’ve been watching the programme Employable Me on BBC2 in the UK, then you may recognise Nicola from that. I watched the show and could relate to her in many ways, I followed her on Twitter and that’s how I came across her blog and Youtube channel. I tweeted her to ask if she would mind if I completed the disability misconceptions tag which she was more than happy for me to do and she also followed me back on Twitter.
So without further ado, let’s get into the tag shall we?
- What is your disability and how does it impact on you?
I have a visual impairment, my eye condition is Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). I only have light perception, so my disability has a rather big impact on me. This doesn’t mean to say that it is all negative though, as having a visual impairment means that I have learnt to read braille, learnt to touch type and use a cane, all of which I probably wouldn’t have done if I was fully sighted.
Being registered as severely sight impaired (blind) means that I get around using my cane or have to be sighted guided so this is one of the main ways in how my disability has an impact on me.
Only having light perception means that I have no useful vision so I’d say that this is the biggest way in how my disability affects me.
2. What is the most common misconception that you come up against with your disability?
I have previously wrote a post on the most common misconceptions on blindness which you can read here. I’d say that one of the most common misconceptions that I come up against with my visual impairment is that people think that I am incapable of doing something just because I can’t see. This couldn’t be further away from the truth, I can do most things like sighted people, they just may need adapting in one way or another. Leading on from this, people think that I am not independent and cannot look after myself. I can get around using a cane, and can do things for myself, just like sighted people.
3. Which misconception annoys you the most?
I’d probably say the misconception that I have discussed in the previous question annoys me the most. I get very frustrated when people think that I can’t do something just because I have a visual impairment, it does not mean that I am incapable. I attended mainstream education, I have a degree, I have a job, I can get around independently and can look after myself, does that look like I am incapable? No it doesn’t.
There are many reasons for why people may have these wrongly perceived ideas such as being influenced by the media or the outdated models of disability. It’s important to remember that every disabled person is different, we all have our own strengths and weaknesses.
4. Do you do anything to combat these misconceptions?
One of the reasons why I started my blog was to tackle some of the misconceptions that blind and visually impaired people face and to also challenge the typical notions surrounding disability. I try my best to educate, inspire and help others through my writing.
It’s also one of the reasons why I named my blog ‘Life of a Blind Girl’ so that I could share my experiences which portray the fact that I live a normal life.
5. What more do you think can be done to tackle the misconceptions surrounding your disability?
It would be great if there was more awareness in Schools or in the workplace around disability, this may give people a true representation of disability and a better understanding. I think that people need to be educated on such topics in order to gain a better understanding rather than the wrongly perceived ideas.
That concludes today’s post, I hope you have enjoyed reading!
If you are a disabled blogger or Youtuber then why not take part in the tag yourself? You can also leave your answers in the comments, I’d love to read them.