Blog Feeds

Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link The Party and the Ballot Box Sun Jul 14, 2019 22:24 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link On The Decline and Fall of The American Empire and Socialism Sat Jan 26, 2019 01:52 | S. Duncan

offsite link What is Dogmatism and Why Does It Matter? Wed Mar 21, 2018 08:10 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link The Case of Comrade Dallas Mon Mar 19, 2018 19:44 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link Review: Do Religions Evolve? Mon Aug 14, 2017 19:54 | Dara McHugh

Spirit of Contradiction >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Elaine Byrne: Lacking moral courage to name names

offsite link Real democracies and referendums Anthony

offsite link Public Services Card: Some still forced to comply Anthony

offsite link Catholic Church: Dark influence still active Anthony

offsite link Tom Parlon launches new career in comedy Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Reading the ?traitors? ? a good or a bad idea? Fri Feb 21, 2020 02:34 | The Saker
[this article was written for the Unz Review] There are two names which often trigger a very strong and hostile reaction from many Russians:  Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Vladimir Rezun aka

offsite link Turkish War On Syria. Bluff Or Reality? Fri Feb 21, 2020 01:23 | Scott
https://southfront.org/turk... Turkey will take the Idlib matter into its own hands and the military operation in northwestern Syria is simply a ?matter of time?, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared on

offsite link Four Myths About Bulgaria During the Second World War Thu Feb 20, 2020 23:33 | The Saker
A special note from the translator: As a Bulgarian, I have translated in good faith and on a goodwill basis from Russian to English the following brief article, as a

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2020/02/20 ? Open Thread Thu Feb 20, 2020 21:30 | Herb Swanson
2020/02/20 21:30:02Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link Russian naval presence in Indian Ocean Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:05 | amarynth
By Nat South for The Saker Blog I am interested in the way that narratives that shape individual events are crafted, curated and disseminated, because ultimately there is a tendency

The Saker >>

Governor of New York speaks about his blindness

category international | health / disability issues | other press author Thursday April 22, 2010 02:09author by Robbie Sinnottauthor email robbiein at gmail dot comauthor address Dublinauthor phone 086-3572670 Report this post to the editors

I hate hierarchy, but I like this guyh's honesty.

Among other things, Richar Patterson says that Black liberation is more advanced than the liberation of Visually impaired [hear here]; that he was never ashamed of being black, but was ashamed of his visual impaierment. [interaction with the 'normal' people' is a strange nexus]

He also describes some of the practical difficulties in processing information with a visual impairement.

Richard Patterson (Governor of New York is visually impaired.

He gets his information read to him; e.g., instead of reading newspapers, he has his staff break it down into 25 mins for his voicemail.

He says that generally, it’s three times slower listening to information than reading it; also comprehension in listening is far less.

He remembers much better when readig. [i.e., he’d prefer to read visually, but this would reduce his volume of info to be read].

His sight: zero in left eye, 20/400 in right eye (5%?).

He recognixes that technology has changed the landscape for blind people, but he hadn’t the chance to learn much about it yet.

He went to school in the 60s in mainstream education; the less difficulty caused, the least difficulty there would be, since many would wonder whether he should be there at all. A little bit of that remnant is still with him. The sqeaky wheel didn’t always get the grease then;

You have to stand up for wha’ts right; you have to stand up for what you deserve…

Immigrants have to learn that you have to act as the majority of people do; same for blind….As such, he was better able to interact in 3rd level education than those who’d gone to special schools.

He admits, though, that he was iving in denial because most of the people around him were sighted. He was even afraid to talk to blind people; but someone told him; you don‘t seem to deny that you’re black…but you do seem to forget where you’re coming from as a blind person.

***

He doesn’t find braille helpful.
It takes a long time to ‘digest’ [erad] braille and to get stuff printed into braille.

Listenening is best for instantaenous information.

You should be proud of who you are as much as you are proud of your heriatage or your country. You’re not going to be measured as to whether you overcome your disability, but who you become with it.

He identification with those with socially imposed disabilities, especially in the economic downturn.

Black emancipation further advanced than blind empancipation.

Characterisation of him as someone who bumps into walls…wouldn’t be tolerated if it was a slur against black people – institutional response.

37% of disabled in america are unemployment, and 60-70% of blind people are unemployed. Disabled further ridiculed as a result.

Would like to leave as a legacy that his disability never got in the way of his running of the state.

Re television: His fear of falling or bumping in front of the media. If there’s an excess focus on a disability, you can’t be the individual you have been you’re whole life.

He still feels secure enough, but he compares it to a woman going into an all-male board-meeting and hearing some comments – you feel more self-conscious…

Kinship means that if he’s not performing for disabled community, he’s letting himself down.

Related Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00ryk66
author by Robbie Sinnottpublication date Thu Apr 22, 2010 02:31author address author phone Report this post to the editors

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00ryk66

in Ireland we're second-class citizens (e.g., we don't have secret ballot (1884 Act), and tá an chothrom in easnamh fós i lán chaoieanna eile.

author by Four Eyes.publication date Thu Apr 22, 2010 09:15author address author phone Report this post to the editors

One of Britain's top radio broadcasters,Peter White, has been blind since birth:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_White_%28broadcaster%29

He has no concept of what colours are, or of the horizon.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/img/presenters/peter_white.jpg

That doesn't stop him.

His attitude is "No Triumph No Tragedy" :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00lypw4

Most of us would say that his life is a triumph over a personal tragedy.
.

locked We are currently not accepting any more comments on this article.
 
© 2001-2020 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy