Who "ourselves"? I guess you are not talking about the worldwide community of the blind.I can read about "rehab" or other things like that on this list, but in some countries like mine, there are no rehabilitation centers that can really help a blind person, and where the employment rate is 10 times lower than in countries like USA.
I live in a pretty big city where there could be found more work places for the blind than in other localities, but the employment rate of the blind is around 3%, where most of the blind persons work in massage, and some of them as teachers in the local high school for the blind. Very few other jobs for the blind are available here.
And the country-wide employment rate could be even lower than the one in my city.
So we don't have the same position when we talk about the possibility of success for a blind person.
Octavian----- Original Message ----- From: "James Panes" <jimpanes@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Thursday, December 06, 2007 4:14 PM Subject: Re: Team Excellence Award Winner
Hi Dennis, Thank you very much for your comment. I hope that your example acts as a wake-up call for those of us that are sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves. It certainly works for me. Thanks again, Jim jimpanes@xxxxxxxxx jimpanes@xxxxxxxxxxxx "Everything is easy when you know how."----- Original Message ----- From: "Dennis Brown" <DennisTBrown@xxxxxxxxxxx>To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2007 4:21 PM Subject: Re: Team Excellence Award Winner As a blind programmer that lost my eyesight, both arms below the elbows,total hearing loss in left, 80% hearing loss in right, and most of the lowerhalf of my face in a demolition accident in the Army in 1984, and as the founder of the BlindProgramming.com web site, and list serve, and the JAWS Scripts list, I take issue with the statements that you made.So what if it takes me a bit longer to do what sighted people can do? Rehabis not an elevator to the top, but rather a stepping stone on the path tosuccess, and every step I accomplish--with or without assistance--is still astep to success, no matter how you look at it. This list was founded to assist blind want-to-be developers in achieving astep to success, and if I can do it, then anyone--especially a vanilla blind (someone with just blindness), which is the majority of the blind community,can certainly do so.OK, so it took me 7 years to get a 4 year degree, but I got the degree, andthat was the goal I set out to do. If you measure individual success according to how it compares to someone else's success, then you're using the wrong yardstick. Thanks, Dennis Brown __________ View the list's information and change your settings at http://www.freelists.org/list/programmingblind
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