12 Sep

Learning Blindness

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  • Walk With Me

    Walk With Me A few months ago my friend Janice approached me about writing a song to share at the annual Love Your Guide Dog event. Now I’ve written many songs but I do find it tricky to write to a brief. After much procrastination I sat down at the piano. Panda stuck around for about 3 minutes before […]

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  • Thanks, But I Don’t Want Your Prayers For My Healing

    Thanks, But I Don’t Want Your Prayers For My Healing I’ve been wanting to write a post about this particular issue for quite some time but have put it off, I guess because it feels very complex to talk about. If you’re not a person with a disability you might think this is an exaggeration. Do people seriously approach you on the street and ask […]

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  • When I Still Pass

    When I Still Pass I realised the other day that while this blog is advertised as containing “tales of negotiating disability and femininity” it really doesn’t deal with very much of the latter at all and even less so from a personal perspective. This is probably because when it comes to living with a disability the gender stuff is […]

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  • 2 Thoughts about the South African Blindness Sector

    2 Thoughts about the South African Blindness Sector Two weeks ago, I attended the 42nd Biennial Conference of the South African National Council for the Blind (SANCB) which took place in Bloemfontein. SANCB is an umbrella body to which most blind sector organisations affiliate themselves. The Council thus represents the interests of the South African blind sector and, in particular, is able to […]

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  • Difference, Sameness and the PR Conundrum

    Difference, Sameness and the PR Conundrum There is a song featured in the musical TV series, Smash, called “Second Hand White Baby Grand”. It’s a great song, beautifully written, lovely to sing and, thus, number 3 on my “oops I’m supposed to be singing at an event and haven’t prepared anything” list (I mean, what? I’m super professional). It’s about a […]

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  • 10 Reasons Why Being Disabled Sucks: A Guest Post by Dawn Pilatowitz

    10 Reasons Why Being Disabled Sucks: A Guest Post by Dawn Pilatowitz This is my friend, Dawn’s response to 10 Reasons Why Being Blind Sucks. I love it because its unashamedly real and also because she is awesome…prepare to be challenged… This is going to be very different from my usual posts, which are where I focus on all the positives in my life. This is a […]

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  • 10 Reasons Why Being Blind Sucks

    10 Reasons Why Being Blind Sucks So, yes, this is in fact the post to counterbalance the previous one. Here are some of the lesser known reasons, in my humble opinion, why being blind sucks.   1: Going to work with toothpaste on your shirt Now before you all say, “But I’ve done that so really we’re all disabled in our […]

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  • 10 Reasons Why Being Blind is Awesome

    10 Reasons Why Being Blind is Awesome I feel that there are some lesser known benefits to being blind that need to be shared. They may seem a tad insignificant in the face of, um, being blind but hey, I say take what you can get.   1: It’s a massive saving   So I literally spend R260 a month on transport. […]

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  • Living Vulnerably

    Living Vulnerably In 2009 I began training with my first guide dog. I was excited at the prospect of total independence. Guide dog owners I had spoken to equated getting your first dog to getting your first car. During training the guide dog owner, dog and trainer walk various practice routes negotiating different situations – traffic lights, […]

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  • A Guest Post By My Brilliant Mom, Jenny!

    A Guest Post By My Brilliant Mom, Jenny! When my daughter, Michelle was two and a half years old she was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disorder, Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). And so began our journey into the unknown. She was our first child and up till this time we had no idea that she was anything but “normal”. I use the word “normal” […]

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