Blind To Your Ability

, , , , | Learning | May 4, 2018

(I am a current student in high school. I am also blind, and because of this, I have received a lot of annoyances from people. Being talked to like a child and people asking me how I do normal everyday things are just a couple of the problems I face in school. I’d have to say the most aggravating thing about people is how they try to help me, no matter what I say. I have just gotten out of the car and am walking in, like I usually do, when a guy — probably a teacher — comes up to me.)

Teacher: “Here, let me get the door for you.”

Me: “No, thanks. I got it.”

(I begin walking faster because I know he isn’t listening to me and is trying to get there first, but he reaches out in front of me and pulls the door open anyway.)

Teacher: “There you go.”

Me: *exasperated sigh, annoyed tone* “Thanks.”

(This was not the first time I had something like this happen to me. One time, a girl asked me if I wanted her to grab my backpack, and when I told her no, she did it anyway. I got upset with her because she did what I asked her not to do. The only reason I didn’t get upset with the teacher was because I was having a bad morning, and I didn’t want to get lectured by one of the teachers about how I need to be nice because they were “just trying to help.” People seem to have the general idea that blind people can’t do much of anything because of their disability, which just saddens me.)

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