People think this stuff? Really?

I was cleaning out my Downloads folder, and I came across this: Debunking Some Myths, SR Friendly.rtf

I have no idea where it came from. I don’t recall downloading it, and I can’t seem to find an e-mail that may have attached it – so I was a bit leery, but I opened it anyway.

It wasn’t plagued with viruses that brought my machine to its metaphorical knees.


Aparently it was (quote)Adapted from materials provided by the American Foundation For the Blind training workshop, Bridging the Gap: Best Practices for Instructing Adults Who Are Visually Impaired and Have Low Literacy Skills, with additions and modifications by Robby Barnes, Sylvie Kashdan and Cecilia Erin Walsh(unquote).


I can’t attest as to whether or not it was “SR Friendly” because I am both ignorant and apathetic about that sort of thing, but here’s the myths they bust:

Debunking some Myths about People Who are Blind or Visually-Impaired

Blindness does not:

  • Cause one’s hearing to diminish

Is this a myth? I mean I get the myth about hearing improving, but lessening?

Him: Yours is the one on the left.

Me: I’m sorry, I can’t see.


  • Cause one’s hearing to improve
  • Give one the innate ability to identify objects tactually
  • Give one the innate ability to recognize people by their voices
  • Mean that one does not dream

Why…? what…? how…? Nevermind.

  • Mean that one isn’t interested in how things look
  • Mean that one doesn’t care how others look
  • Mean that one does not want to have relationships with sighted people

Eff You, Lookie!

  • Mean that one is patient all the time
  • Mean that one is good all the time

The jolly blind man is a myth?

  • Mean that one knows sign language

That one doesn’t even make sense.

  • Mean that one has innate musical ability

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha *uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh* ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha *uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh* ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha uuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhh *cough* *cough* *COUGH!* *COUGH!* *COUGH!* ha …. ha …. ha… *COUGH!* *COUGH!* ha…*whew*.

  • Mean that one is instinctively good with computers


  • Mean that one is instinctively good with one’s hands
  • Mean that one is not normal

It depends on how you define “normal”.

  • Mean that one knows all or most other blind people who live in the same neighborhood or city
  • Mean that one lives in “the blind world”

The Blind World: Official Newspaper of the World Dumbest Theme Park.

  • Mean that one is always ready and willing to tell any stranger everything they want to know about blindness and her or his personal medical condition

Him: Oh, and Herman. My insoles are killing me. And did you see that stuff that was floating in the jello? Makes my dentures ache!

Me: I’m not Herman, Grandpa. It’s me… Nomad.

Him: Did I tell you my cateracts are getting bigger? The shadows make me think cats are running at my feet.

Me: Yes, Grandpa.

Him: My insoles are killing me, Grant.

Me: I’m not Grant, Grampa. It’s me… Nomad. We used to go fishing.

Him: Nomad?

Me: Yes. Grandpa. Nomad.

Him: I saw Nomad earlier. I think he left with Herman.

  • Mean that one has a poor sense of balance and is prone to falling easily

Balance is not the problem. Not seeing is the problem.

Blindness is an attribute… the person is who he or she is.

And he is blind.

Thanks for the e-mail, if someone e-mailed it.

Wherever it came from, I enjoyed it.


This article was presented as part of Session One: The Basics: Challenges and Possibilities for Blind and Visually Impaired Immigrants and Refugees, part of

Extending the Bridge: Helping Tutors, Teachers, and Other Service Providers and Their Organizations to Better Serve Blind and Visually-Impaired Adults Learning English as a Second Language (ESL), Focusing on Literacy Acquisition, a six-session series of information sharing and discussion.

This series was presented in May and June of 2003. It was funded primarily by a grant from the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). In 2002, the presenters, Sylvie Kashdan, Robby Barnes and Cecilia Erin Walsh attended a three-day training presented by the American Foundation For The Blind National Literacy Center, entitled: Bridging the Gap: Best Practices for Instructing Adults Who Are Visually Impaired and Have Low Literacy Skills. Following this training we were invited to submit a proposal for sharing what we had learned. Hence, this series, Extending the Bridge. Other funding sources were St. James ESL Program, Kaizen Program for New English Learners with Visual Limitations, and Washington State Office of Adult Literacy. We also received help from volunteers with research and organizational tasks.

Kashdan, Sylvie, Barnes, Robby & Walsh, Cecilia Erin (2003), Debunking some Myths about People Who are Blind or Visually-Impaired. Workshop document; Seattle, U.S.A.

NOTICE: In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. Readers are free to post, forward or reproduce this material for nonprofit research and educational uses, if it is clearly identified as the work of the Kaizen staff: Robby Barnes and Sylvie Kashdan, and any collaborators, and if the citations noted are used. All other rights reserved.

Kaizen Program
for New English Learners with Visual Limitations
810-A Hiawatha Place S., Seattle, WA 98144, U.S.A.
phone: (206) 784-5619


2 responses to this post.

  1. […] think I need to re-read that Blind Myth article again and/or start growing a thicker […]


  2. Bahahahahahahaha! actually, I balance not so much well at all. but I totally get the question on whether or not I know someone because they’re blind. Yes, we have a secret society that meets on thursdays–oh wait, it’s not so much a secert anymore is it? Snort!


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