Elizabeth O'Hara

Post date: 
Saturday, 24 November 2018
Elizabeth O'Hara

“Every day I, like many others, are faced with the same overt discrimination. We are judged because we don’t conform to a view of being blind.”

‘Is she really blind – she doesn’t look it’. ‘She’s sitting there – ask her’. But by the last night of our holiday I’m exasperated! No one thought to speak to me. Or ask me their questions…instead they asked my sister. Six years on, my daughter and I were shopping when a lady proceeded to tell her: ‘You dress your mum well; it’s good to keep her looking fashionable. You should be proud of yourself’. Sadly, it didn’t cross her mind to speak to me. Every day I, like many others, are faced with the same overt discrimination. We are judged because we don’t conform to a view of being blind. We need to be educators, challengers, be seen and be heard! What we need to stop doing is standing back. Tell our stories, incite a reaction! It only takes one at a time. Be positive, we’ll get there.

Watch blind and partially people  talk about how many people assume they cannot see anything in our 'How I See' film