12 Sep

Learning Blindness

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  • Saluting My Teaching Assistants

    Saluting My Teaching Assistants My first year of primary school was, to put it mildly, not so great. And yet, for all that it was one of the worst years of my life (and probably more terrible for my parents than I could ever have known at the time) I’m glad I experienced it. The reasons for this are […]

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  • Plasters and Ponchos: a post not about blindness

    Plasters and Ponchos: a post not about blindness As I type this I am keenly aware of my thumbs, yes my thumbs. I have been since yesterday evening at around 6:30pm when I began methodically peeling the skin off the left one, first on the side right next to the fingernail  but then moving down towards the knuckle and over onto the soft […]

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  • The ‘Slightly Smiling Face’ and Other Predicaments

    The ‘Slightly Smiling Face’ and Other Predicaments I’ve said this here before – over the past few years my life has been increasingly and positively impacted by technology. I was quite techno-phobic in my younger days, the thought of having to upgrade or replace something (a phone, a laptop, an assistive device) would fill me with dread rather than excited anticipation. Even […]

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  • That Time I Broke Up With My Job

    That Time I Broke Up With My Job Last month I resigned from my job. Despite the fact that I’d been wanting to leave for more than a year and felt strongly about my own development as well as a growing reluctance to be aligned with an organisation underpinned by a disability approach which I found pretty problematic, when it came time to […]

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  • When Speech to Text Lets You Down

    When Speech to Text Lets You Down I love my IPhone. There was a time when I thought I would never say that. For the first few months of getting used to a touch screen device I had to hold myself back from throwing it out of the window. But now, almost three years and 2 IPhones later I truly don’t know […]

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  • Getting Older, Getting Blinder

    Getting Older, Getting Blinder I was scanning through some of my previous posts when I came across this written about 18 months ago in the post, “10 Reasons Why Being Blind is Awesome”: “I also assume that I save quite a bit on make-up which I have no idea how to apply and never intend to try mostly because […]

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  • 6 Most Extreme Feats

    6 Most Extreme Feats 6 Most Extreme Feats I’m really not what you would call intrepid. I certainly do not expect to ever be the first at anything. I’m not going to be the first blind woman on the moon. I struggle to fly to Durban without completely freaking out. I just don’t have a desire to jump off […]

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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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