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  • Writer's pictureThabo Baseki

Curiosity Unleashed (Part II)

Delving Deeper into Blindness and Perception

In part two of our exploration into the questions that we are frequently asked by sighted people, we'll delve deeper into some thought-provoking inquiries that shed light on the details of blindness and perception. Prepare to uncover more about the experiences and perspectives of those who navigate the world without sight.

a black man with a look of curiosity on his face

How do you visualize things or form mental images?

For sighted individuals, visualizing the world comes naturally. But how does one without sight create mental images? We often rely on our memory, imagination, and verbal descriptions to construct mental pictures. Through the descriptions of others or the use of tactile models, we can conceptualize objects, people, and places, allowing our minds to paint vivid landscapes.

What role does touch play in your understanding of the world?

Touch is a powerful sense for those of us without sight. Through tactile exploration, we gather essential information about our surroundings. Texture, shape, temperature, and even minute details can be discerned through the sense of touch. Touch becomes a bridge that connects us to the physical world, allowing us to decipher and interpret our environment.

How do you perceive colors?

From what I’ve heard for countless times, colors are a fascinating aspect of the visual world that we don't experience in the same way as people with vision impairment. Some of us, depending on our level of vision, may have partial vision or retain memories of colors from when they had sight. Others may rely on associations and descriptions to understand the concept of color. It's worth noting that there are technological advancements, like color-detection apps, that can help us identify colors through audio cues.

What is your experience with art and creativity?

Artistic expression is a universal language that transcends boundaries. We can engage with art through various mediums, such as sculpture, music, dance, poetry, and tactile art. We channel our creativity through the senses we rely on most, crafting beautiful and creative works that offer unique perspectives on the human experience.

How do you maintain a positive mindset in the face of challenges?

Admittedly, we face unique challenges in a world designed primarily for sighted people. Yet, many maintain an incredible resilience and positive outlook on life. We often emphasize the importance of adapting, seeking support networks, and embracing the opportunities presented by our circumstances. Our stories of perseverance and determination can inspire us all to overcome obstacles with grace and resilience.

What would you like sighted people to know or understand better about blindness?

This is one of the questions I appreciate the most because it opens the floor for us to share our insights, desires, and frustrations. Here we can talk about life’s significant areas ranging from raising awareness about accessibility issues to advocating for inclusive education and employment opportunities. When you ask this question, I strongly urge you to listen attentively, as the response you will get will provide invaluable guidance for creating a more inclusive and understanding society. It starts with you!

How has your experience with blindness shaped your identity?

Blindness is an integral part of our identity, but it doesn't define us entirely. When you ask this question, you are giving us an opportunity to reflect on how our experiences have shaped our sense of self, our values, and our aspirations. It offers an opportunity to explore the multidimensional nature of our identity beyond our visual impairment.

There you go! Some of the questions you can ask a blind person!

By delving deeper into questions as these, you will gain a richer understanding of the diverse experiences and perspectives within the blind community. Engaging in conversations about blindness fosters empathy, promotes inclusivity, and challenges preconceived notions. It is through open and respectful dialogue that we can create a society that values and celebrates the unique abilities and contributions of every individual, regardless of their visual capabilities. So, let's continue to ask questions, listen attentively, and embrace the beauty of our shared humanity

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