[bct] Re: Job posting

  • From: Buddy Brannan <buddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 20:36:05 -0500

I see a philosophical discussion impending.

I found the following paragraph in the job posting to be interesting:

This position involves extensive work with students and adults with low
vision and the ability to identify and implement opportunities for
enhancing use of residual vision will be important to the successful

So, is it just me, or wouldn't it be more important to find solutions and techniques that would be efficient rather than to find those that maximize the use of residual vision? It seems to me that too often, people who have some residual vision are taught, even expected, to use that vision, even where not using it, or using another nonvisual technique, might be more efficient or even safer. I've seen people with some usable vision who have been taught, or have taught themselves, that it's better to use vision than it is to be blind and use blindness techniques. For instance, I've seen people cooking, who, in order to judge the progress of their meals, have had to lean so far over to see the contents of the pan that they were in danger of catching their hair on fire. We won't even get into slow and laborious use of large print where braille or speech would be more efficient.

Granted, there are certainly times where visual techniques would be more efficient, but wouldn't the requirement at the beginning of the description to evaluate students and work/school situations have sufficed without the additional requirement of figuring out how to maximize use of residual vision?

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