[bct] Re: Job posting

  • From: "Maria" <malyn87@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 23:00:13 -0500


I did not post this to start a major debate over blind techniques versus
useful vision methods.  However, I do have some useful vision and was taught
braille and all the other skills that blind folks are taught to use, and  I
find that more often than not now-a-days it is simply more convenient,
easier, and sometimes even the only option I have to use the  bit of sight
that God allowed me to keep.  There is a saying that says use it or lose it,
and I for one will not choose the latter.  Finally, what if the visually
impaired person going for the training wishes to use what vision he or she
has, and requests training on using the CC-TV, Zoomtext or Magic?  Shouldn't
that be his/her choice?  If they choose to use these options, then the
agency needs to be able to instruct them accordingly.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Buddy Brannan" <buddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, January 13, 2006 8:36 PM
Subject: [bct] Re: Job posting

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
> candidate.

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

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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