Blind vs. mainstream distros

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Sat Apr 29 02:38:02 UTC 2017

According to eric oyen:
# In fact, the sense I get is that we (the blind) aren't really even 
considered human.
As long as we continue to consider ourselves to be "the blind" rather 
than people who happen to be blind or visually impaired, we will 
continue to be viewed as less than human. I am human. Blindness is a 
physical characteristic that I happen to possess. My image of myself is 
human first and foremost, with blindness as a challenge to overcome in 
whatever way is humanly possible. In projecting this image of myself to 
the general public, I generally feel less dehumanized than your 
run-of-the-mill "the blind," because in projecting my self image of 
human first, I relate to other humans on a human level, and the rest can 
more easily take care of itself. No, this isn't a matter of political 
correctness or anything even remotely close. It's a matter of self image 
and psychology. There is a certain stigma, write or not, attached to 
"the blind" by the general public at large. Overcoming it is possible, 
but it means educating the general public, as well as other people 
challenged by blindness or visual impairment, that our blindness or 
visual impairment is a physical characteristic, and even a limitation in 
many cases, but that it is not at all who or what we are as people.

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