This blog is about how the world is viewed by the visual and the visually impaired. The intent of this blog is to bring the two worlds together. It is administered by two fabulous sisters, Toni, who is sighted and Robin, who became visually impaired in 2002 at the age of 18 due to misdiagnosis.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
6. I went on my first roller coaster ride, but not by choice. Thanks Toni, NOT! Putting it mildly, I am afraid of heights, therefore I try to avoid rides that involve being feet in the air. However, while in Disneyland, I slipped up, and let my oh so loving sister trick me to going on Space Mountain. I still have to get her back for that one. LOL. 7. 1, 2, 3, I became a part of the texting community! I was thrilled when I was able to text for the first time, thanks to Mobile Speaks, which was downloaded on my cell phone. This was a joyous moment for me because I felt closer to mainstream. I would sit in my undergraduate and graduate classes listening to my peers text, before and after the lectures of course. LOL. But, listening to my peers engage in an activity that I could not do, caused me to feel left out. Yay for accessibility! 8. Bon Voyage, Jamaica here I come! Not only did I attain my first passport, but I was able to venture outside of the United States for the first time as well. Jamaica was a blast to visit, and I’m glad I was able to go on this trip. The culture, food, music, ocean, sand, etc. made my time in Jamaica enjoyable. Also, thanks to my niece being the charmer she is, I was able to sit in first class on the plane for the first time as well. 9. I was hired at my first internship. This is an experience that I will never forget, both good and bad because it prepared me on what to expect in my future places of employment. I was not only entering the work force as an intern, but one without eyesight. One main challenge that I faced was changing a fellow intern's negative notions regarding my blindness. I realized that you can't broaden someone's perspective if they are not open for change. 10. My first professional job. After leaving my first internship, I found another agency where I would be able to fulfill my remaining internship field credits. Choosing this agency was one of the best choices I made because I truly found out what it meant to work in a healthy, supportive environment. I felt needed and wanted by the staff; I was a valuable member of the team. Eventually, I interviewed for a contract position that open, and was hired. I learned many tools that have and will continue to help me thrive in my future endeavors, such as the importance of teamwork.
Posted by Robin at 9/30/2012