The best way to help people is to help them help themselves. Today on Safe Space, we’re covering a rather advanced sighted ally skill. Until last week, I’d never met anyone besides my immediate family who could do it. Want to learn? Keep reading! O&M (orientation and mobility) is the term used to describe the … Continue reading How To Help a Blind Person Memorize a New Area
Who’s ready for another top five? This week’s addition of Safe Space tackles some things sighted people should seriously already know about blind people. Fingers crossed that you already intuitively understand, but just in case you don’t, keep reading. Also, be sure to comment below and share your opinion on top fives and whether or … Continue reading Top Five Things Sighties Should Know About Blind People…And Don’t
How many times have you been told to stand out in the crowd, to shine brighter than the stars, to make sure you’re remembered? Being the only blindy most people ever meet makes me difficult to forget. My white cane/reflective guide dog harness doesn’t exactly shine brighter than the stars but it tries. I stand … Continue reading The Beauty of Being Different
They say 90% of communication is non-verbal. What does this mean for a blind person? Eye contact, social cues, flirtatious winks, secret smiles, shared looks, tender glances, hateful glares, welcoming nods—the list is endless. What happens when you can’t experience any of these things? Facial Expressions I skated over this in my post on how … Continue reading A Blind Girl’s Take on Non-Verbal Communication
A while ago, I posted about the top five blind girl perks, and in that post I mentioned the existence of blind girl myths. Well lovelies, here they are. Top Five Blind Girl Myths Blind girls are saint’s, they don’t date based on hotness or looks. This is 100% wrong. Blind girls care about attractiveness … Continue reading Top Five Blind Girl Myths
Ever wondered how to describe a photo, a movie, or an interesting landmark to a blind person? Unlike sighted guide, there is no “correct” way to describe things, but there are a few things you can do to make your descriptions resonate. How to describe a photo to a blind person. A good photo description … Continue reading How to Describe Things to Blind People
When I first heard of the VIP (Visually Impaired People) tag, I thought it would be us blindies chitchatting about fun perks like those fancy passes we get in amusement parks that allow you to skip all the lines. You know, VIP treatment! But no, the VIP tag is a list of ten well-chosen questions … Continue reading VIP Tag
Whether you’re blind or sighted, in a relationship or single, enjoy spreading valentine love or hate the commercialism, cards and flowers are probably on your mind today. Wouldn’t you like to know how it all began? The story of St. Valentine. During the third century, Roman Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young men. He … Continue reading Did a Blind Girl Inspire Valentine’s Day?
The bus engine sputtered to a stop, disgruntled passengers flooded the snow-covered sidewalk, and I disembarked alone, fifteen blocks from where I was supposed to be. Getting stranded when your blind is no picnic; getting stranded in a snowstorm is a whole other story. It was January 2017, and Vancouver was languishing underneath a thick … Continue reading Allyship: Do You Have What It Takes?
Someone very close to me recently said: “You receive monthly hand-outs from the government, and you don’t know what it’s like to work a day in your life.” Friends, this is a direct quote from someone who should know better for multiple reasons. Many people labor under the misconception that individuals receiving government assistance are … Continue reading Monthly Hand-outs…Are You Sure?