A new challenge

Every so often my academic life gets a little challenging. I’m not talking about taking on too much because I am unable to say no because trust me, I know how to say no. I’m not talking about the social aspect (What are parties) lol. I’m not even talking about having a new roommate though I hear that can certainly be challenging.

I’m talking about being given an assignment that you’ve never heard of and not knowing how you’re going to complete it. For me such an assignment came this semester. I have to complete something called a reading inventory. Apparently it’s a book of tests that you have to give to a student that you pull out of class. The problem isn’t that I don’t understand how to give it. The problem is that I’m not sure how I’m going to give it.

Let me explain. In order to give this reading test to the student one has to be able to read along while observing how they read (mistakes, skip over words, put in new words, look at you for help etc). The problem is that I can’t read it (I have a screen reader). The problem is that I can’t read with a screen reader and listen to someone talk/read at the same time. This is definitely where a braille display (that I don’t have) could come in handy.

my question

Have you done anything like this before without a braille display? How? Do you have any suggestions I can use for this and any future assignments? if so, they’d be greately appreciated.

Thanks for reading!

Bookshare switches to UEB braille

As of January 4th (Louis Braille’s birthday) the U. S. has adopted UEB (Unified English Braille). I don’t know UEB so this will be a new experience for me. However, I think that’s what education is all about. 🙂

All of Bookshare’s collection can now be read in UEB. This is of course according to the blog I’m about to link to. For more information please see this article

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Happy birthday Louis Braille!

Today is Louis Braille’s birthday. I kind of started a little tradition of paying tribute to him for giving us braille which enabled us to do so much. Like order at a restaurant (assuming no tablets are available that we can use, and that they have them), read a book, and an assortment of other things that I’ve probably neglected to mention.

Today is no different except for one thing. I wasn’t sure that I would be able to think of anything to write about. My brain had other ideas so here’s a story about a group of second graders that I was observing for a class in order to get my B/S in elementary special education. Observing is when a student wanting to be a teacher watches someone who is already a teacher teach a class. They may look for techniques, strategies, or material that they’ve learned in a particular class. They may also be required or ask by the teacher to help out with the students’ work. If the teacher feels comfortable with the student they can give permission for the student to teach a lesson. This is what happened to me. 🙂

I decided to teach a minilesson of sorts which is just a short lesson over a particular topic (Example: Verbs, nouns ETC.) It was to b about different disabilities (Blindness, Autism deafness, deaf/blind ETC) I of course ran it by the teacher who absolutely loved the idea.

I had the teacher introduce what I was going to do, then she read the books since they were in print. After each book we discussed it as a class and I answered any questions they had. After reading the one about blindness I asked if anyone knew who Louis Braille was. The students did not which didn’t surprise me. However, the teacher didn’t know either which surprised me for some reason. I then explained who he was and how braille was invented. I went into some detail about how they weren’t allowed to use it at first. The students want to know why, and I found it hard to explain why. I finally just settled on telling them about what I knew about how the sighted people thought it was a different alphabet, and how they didn’t think it was fair that the blind read something different from everyone else.

So this is the end of my story. I hope this will entertain you as much as it did me. I really love teaching a lot. Happy birthday Louis Braille! You’ve given us so much without even realizing it. Thank you!

A worthy project

Remember 64 Oz Games? Well for those who don’t they sale braille kits for board games, you can check out our podcast to learn more about them and what they do at the link previous to this, and you can also check out there store which is located on our favorite blogs and sites page under the “shopping” heading.

So why am I mentioning them now? It would seem that they want to expand their line to include ” braille RPG dice”. To learn more about what they want to do, or to support them please go to their kickstarter On that page you will ind a video explaining why they want to do this. They only have ten days to meet their goal which means you only have ten days to donate. So let’s make this happen! Note: that’s what the kickstarter page says so if it’s wrong not entirely my fault. haha. 🙂

Also my apologies to Richard and Emily. I really did try to schedule in a interview by voice, but it didn’t work out. Due to conflicting plans of mine and other people’s. I hope this will suffice. 🙁 Thanks for reading!

Adding dance to math: Can I has?

When I was in school there were no teachers who knew how to teach me. At least not until middle school. That’s when my special education teacher became my V. I. teacher. (teacher of the visually impaired) This was after years of having a V. I. teacher who swore that there was no grade three Braille. (there is. See our favorite blogs and sites pages for the link) I could go into more details about her, but I’ll leave it alone.

One of the things that I’ve always had trouble with was math. I think this was due in part because the teachers didn’t know how to teach it to me. It was partially me. I have trouble memorizing concepts, though some like actually graphing something comes easier than others. Such as fractions, or decimals. The concepts that come to me the easiest (like graphing) do so because usually I have something I can physically touch in front of me. Such as a math window board, or a Braille graph. Even so, that particular method doesn’t work for all of the concepts. I still get steps wrong: I do them out of order, skip some, or work them backwards if I know the answer. I’m not sure why, and it’s difficult to explain how I do that. There’s more to my disability than that, but the rest is hard to explain.

In case you’re wondering what I’m rambling on and on about. This article that I’m going to be linking to in the next paragraph takes music, and dancing, and puts them all together to teach math concepts. Such as graphs, Quadrants ETC. I mean, how cool is that?

Anyway, I was reading This article., and I was wondering. If learning it this way would have helped me remember. I know it doesn’t take me as long to remember songs, and I usually don’t forget them as easily. Though, I never tried dancing to math homework. 🙂 Hmmm! Guess we’ll never know. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Because she had to

Because she had too
By Stephanie Surratt
Because she had too

She woke up in the morning, and it was gone. She thought that she might be able to get it back, but the doctor told her no. It had disappeared before, then returned. So she saw no cause to worry that it might not come back this time. S several days passed, and still she held out hope that it would return, and she stumbled her way through her everyday tasks in total darkness because she had too.

She slipped into a deep depression because she had lost it. She made messes where once she had made none when pouring things. She did not cook because she was afraid she would burn it. Her story time with her kids was now left for her husband because she couldn’t see to read their favorite books. She kept plodding along in spite of all of that though,, because she had too.

It’s Friday night, and her husband wants to take her out. “It’s a date.” He says “We haven’t had one in a long time.” He says. So she goes, because she has too.

The waiter at the little restaurant where they always go takes their orders. She tries to meet his gaze when she gives him hers, but she can’t. She doesn’t know where his gaze is, but she tries.

She has to go to the bathroom. Her husband takes her hand to lead her there. No big deal because that’s just how close they are. Except no one tells her that there’s a step coming up, and she falls on her face in the middle of the restaurant. She is sure everyone is staring at her, which just makes her face become redder, and redder. Someone asks her if she’s okay, and she nods. She keeps on walking towards the bathroom Even though, all she wants to do is turn around and leave. Instead she forces herself to stay, because she has too.

It has been months, and she is still in bed. It’s no big deal. The house can run itself without her, but they could really use her income. She has been fired from her job of ten years because her lack of vision made the work she was doing impossible, or so her boss told her. So she lays here because she has too. She hasn’t the energy to do anything else.

There’s a group of friends around her now. They’re telling her about all of these things that exist for blind people. They’ve been reading her brochures, and information from websites for the past hour and a half now. Finally one of them takes her hand, and says “I know it’s scary. I remember when I lost my sight, but you can do it. Just get up off your butt and do it.”

Late that night she stares blankly at the computer screen. She wishes she can use it again. She misses being able to scroll through the pages, and find all the information that she could ever want. So why then, did she ever not Google blindness? Why had she never known about any of this before? Because she hadn’t needed too that’s why. She had been one of those sighted people that felt sorry for them. Believing them incapable of doing anything for themselves. Until she had become one of them herself, and her friends convinced her that what she’d previously thought was wrong. But wasn’t it impossible to do the stuff she’d previously done? How could she ever learn to cook, clean, and would she ever be able to get a job again? She picks up a printed page, and decides to wait until morning to call the number a friend had left for her. Because she has too. She can’t read any more, so she has to wait for someone who can.

Through places she didn’t even know existed before she enters a program that will teach her how to cook, clean, do laundry, and whatever else she desires. The program will last for nine months. While there she goes whitewater rafting, rides a motorcycle, goes mountain climbing, and skiing. Those were all things she never thought she could do again, but she does them now because she has too.

The instructors encourage her. They teach her how to use the white cane. In wood shop she makes a wooden dog for her daughter who has always wanted a dog, but has never gotten one. “The goal is to make you as independent as possible.” They tell her over and over again. So she does these things mostly by herself because she has too. Because they don’t baby her here, and they don’t even feel sorry for her. They don’t feel sorry for her because they’ve been there. They’ve had to do it for themselves already, and now it’s her turn.

They teach her how to cook. They give her measuring cups that are all different sizes instead of just one with all the sizes listed, measuring spoons with Braille on them, and something called a liquid level indicator. She didn’t know what it was exactly until she had to pour hot liquid, and they told her to stick it on the cup at the level that she wanted the liquid to stop. She was amazed that when the liquid reached the indicator the indicator vibrated. They teach her how to pour cold liquids, dry ingredients, and to measure them using her finger. She does it because she has too.

She decides that she wants to learn Braille, so that she can read to her kids at night like she use to. So they give her a slate and stylus, and begin teaching her. It is hard to learn, and sometimes she wants to give up, but she doesn’t. She keeps going because she had too.

She wants to get a job when she gets back home. It is a necessity in order to pay their bills. So, they begin teaching her how to use a computer with a screen reader on it. She learns that it is hard to do everything with just the keyboard, and not the mouse. Never the mouse. Not now, but she does it because she has too.

When she arrives back home she is surprised to learn that her husband has received some training of his own. She gets off the plane expecting to have to show him the proper way to do sited guide. So she is pleasantly surprised when he says “Take my arm.” She does it because she has too, and the airport is crowded.

They are on another date night. When the same waiter, the same one as before asks them what they would like she waits patiently for her husband to order. She is no longer surprised when the waiter looks at her sighted husband, and says “And what would she like?” Whereas before she didn’t know how to handle it, and just stood there silent while whoever was with her ordered her food. Now she just smiles, and says “She would like the lasagna with pepperoni pizza, and you, sir?” Her husband whispers to her that the waiter’s face has turned a bright shade of red. She is still laughing when the waiter comes back with her order, and sets it down in front of her. She uses her knife to cut up her food, and her fork to chase it around the plate. Sometimes her fingers get involved especially when she drops some on the table. She uses them to help guide the fork to the food by holding the food still, so she can pick it up with the fork. Sometimes she’ll actually move the food towards whatever silver where she happens to be using with one hand. While picking it up with the silver where. She does it because she has too, and because she can.

Museum: Don't touch!

Have you ever been to a museum? If so, how many times have you been told: “Don’t touch!”? How much have you actually learned from your No-touching experiences? It probably wasn’t much.

Well if you’re like me you probably ignored those warnings whenever possible. It’s not because I’m a rule breaker though. It’s because I’m blind, and can’t see the exhibits other wise.

Every time I have a class in which going to an art exhibit, or museum is either a requirement, or is for extra credit my first thought isn’t “How am I going to get there?” My first thought is “What if I can’t touch the exhibit/exhibits? How am I suppose to learn anything, know what they look like ETC?” I mean, I suppose I could go with a sighted person. I also suppose they could describe all of the exhibits to me. However, how much information will I retain? What if I can’t find a sighted person who can stay the whole time, or what if they can’t drive me?

For most blind people this is a challenge. One that has been taken on by the Borges Mediterranean tactile museum in Sicily. Yes you read that right. It is a tactile museum. Where you are encouraged to touch their exhibits.

There’s a tactile itinerary, which includes a button to help with orientation. It’s done with a stick that is connected to a mobile phone. Get this! Even the floor speaks. They even have a dark bar. For more information on this cool museum click here! This seriously sounds amazing! Maybe one day they’ll bring this same technology to the U. S.

I hope you enjoyed this blog, and as always. Thanks for reading!

Five things that make me thankful for braille, and Louis Braille.

So today’s the inventor of braille’s birthday. In honor of that I thought I’d list at least five things for which I’m grateful to have braille in my life. Especially if those things make life easier in some way.

1. Braille displays. Because without them I would get words like Saint and street mixed up while trying to read from a screen reader, and while trying to teach a lesson. Trust me, you don’t want to mix up Saint and Street when actually teaching little kids about ST. Nick. Though, they might think it was funny.

2. Braille business cards. Because without them I’d have no idea what some people were trying to promote. That’s really helpful especially if said card contains a phone number, or an email address. Especially if you need to contact that person at some point in the future.

3. Braille greeting cards. I want to know what my Birthday card says just like everyone else. Plus print cards are pretty useless to a blind person. Unless the person who just handed it to us reads it.

4. Books and assignments in braille. Okay, so it’s been a while since this happened, but when it did. It was awesome! I didn’t have to depend on anyone to read me my tests, or read that handout, or whatever. Yeah apps are nice, but there’s just some instances when actually seeing the document would be most helpful. The same is true for audiobooks. They’re helpful until you need to say, actually see a periodic table, or that picture that everyone’s looking at in a book that you can’t see, but you need too. Plus braille books would be handy for that blind/deaf student in the class. 🙂

5. Braille menus, and signs. Because, although the menu might be online it may not be accessible to us (blind people.) Even if it was online; there’s absolutely no way to remember everything that’s on it. Even if we do come in with a sighted person it doesn’t mean that he/she wants to read us the menu. Since the weight staff doesn’t always want to read what’s on them braille menus are a necessity to have around. It’s also necessary to keep them updated. Do you hear that, applebees? lol. I’m adding in a note here: It’s also important to keep them updated, and to have them around, because what if someone is blind/deaf, and you’re online menu isn’t accessible to them?

Braille signs are useful because that means I don’t have to depend on a sighted person so much. I can get from point A to point B all on my own. Just like the menus there needs to be more of them. 🙂 Plus those are also probably really helpful to the deaf/blind in our communities, and such.

Thank you for inventing the stuff that I use every day, Louis Braille. I know you worked hard to first invent it, then to get it accepted. I’m glad I can use it. It’s helped me out so much. Happy Birthday sir!

If you don’t know who louis braille is, and wish to find out. click here. Though, it’s an old post. I hope you enjoy, and it sets off some kind of spark in you to find out more.
Thanks for reading!

Hey music teachers: a new way to read music. For both blind and sighted

Okay, so you’re probably wondering why I’m writing this. The simple truth is that I recently took a music class where I struggled to read the music notes. Now, let me make something clear. It was required for my degree, so I had no choice in whether I took it or not.

Neither the music instructor nor I knew how to read braille music notes. Which may have been handy at times. Then again, maybe not. Why? Because braille music notes are hard to read

Luckily if this works, and if the inventor can find funding for it. No one sighted or blind will ever have to worry about reading braille music again. 🙂

I could tell you all about how she invented this 3d tactile thing. I could even tell you about her life. In stead I think I’ll just let you read this article for yourselves.

I hope this gets fully funded, and I hope they come up with an easier way to make the notes and such. Because I think it would be cool! Not just for me, but for all of the music, special education and regular teachers out there who don’t know a thing about braille, or braille music.

Thanks for reading!

Dumb questions, or statements sighted people have asked, or said.

A week or so ago I asked for input on a blog. I had this idea to write a blog about the dumb questions sighted people ask blind people. Eventually dumb statements were added on to that, so without further ado, here you go.

Here’s a note before we begin. A lot of these were sent in to me. I did not include the twitter names of anyone who sent them in. I will include the answers after each question. Remember that the first, or second part of the answer may be sarcastic. That’s just us making fun of you, the sighted person. I hope you enjoy!

Is your dog in training? A lot of my friends with guidedogs get asked this question a lot. Here’s the real answer, no. Usually a dog in training wouldn’t be allowed off the center’s grounds without a trainer/instructor present. Sarcastic answer: Sure, I’m training he/she to bite stupid people, which includes you. At least that’s the answer I’d give.

How do you eat? Answer: How do you as a sighted person eat? We eat just like you do. Except we may occasionally touch our lips with the the silverware. Though, sometimes we miss our mouths just like you do.

How do you feed yourself if you can’t see your mouth? Answer: This is the stupidest question I’ve ever seen. You can’t see your mouth either. Unless you sit at a table with a miror in front of your face. How Vein is that? All sarcasm aside though, we sometimes use our fingers to make sure that the food is going into the spoon. If a spoon is what we’re using. It’s the same with a fork. I learned in school to cut away from me when using a knife, but that’s all I know about that one.

“You don’t sound blind.” Answer: How am I suppose to sound? I’ve always wanted to know. Am I suppose to sound like I have a speech problem, or something? lol. Seriously, I’d really like to know. If someone who has said this could explain to me how they think blind people are suppose to sound. I’d be very grateful.

*person yelling* Answer: Wrong disability there bud. I’m deaf, not blind. Seriously, I’m not deaf/blind. No need to yell at me. For those who truly don’t know there is actually a group of one disability. We don’t always have multiple ones. Though, I do thank you for the concern. I do wish you’d save it for someone who is deaf/blind. If you don’t know how to treat just blind or visually impaired people just ask. We’ll be glad to share our knowledge with you.

Can he/she sign their name? Answer: Can you sign your name? If the answer is yes, then you have your answer. Even if it looks like a Doctor wrote it. At least I know no one can steel my identity that way. If our signature does look like a Doctor wrote it, or is other words unreadable you, or someone else may have to serve as a witness. An example of this is if I were to go and get a passport. So, yes in most cases we can write our name.

What’s a matter, are you blind? Answer: Are you sighted? My mom use to ask me this all the time. Though, she meant it as a joke. Yes, I’m blind, and sometimes I have a hard time finding things. I actually don’t mind this question if you’re only joking. My usual response is “Are you blind?” However, if you’re being serious, the answer is, yes. I once went to the hospital with my white cane, and the nurse didn’t notice I was blind until she went to lead me into one of the rooms at the E. R. Until then I thought it was fairly obvious to everyone. I mean, hello! Girl with white cane here. White cane signals my blindness.

Can’t you read? Answer: Can’t you read? Sometimes I wonder. Especially when the sign says do not inter, and you do. Yes I can read, though what I read isn’t print. It’s called braille, and I don’t like it being referred to as dots. Yes I’m aware that’s what it looks like. You wouldn’t want print to be referred to as lines, curves, and weird shapes, would you? Braille has a name. Please use it. Just like you’d use print’s name. I once had a kid ask me that on a bus. She didn’t believe I could read braille, and we got into a fight about it. So, yeah I can read; it’s just not print.

Blind people can’t read twitter. Answer: Oh really, then how did I get an account, and how am I tweeting right now? Seriously, I’ve seen this before. I use a program called a screen reader (text to speech), and a twitter client. If you’re on a mac, Iphone, Ipod, or Ipad it’s called voice over. If you’re on windows the following are available: NVDA, Jaws, window eyes, and Narrator, though it’s not as great as the rest. The twitter clients vary depending on what you’re on though.

Toddler asks why your eyes are closed. Answer: I love little kids. They’re so expressive sometimes. Just explain to them that they’re closed because you can’t open them. If anyone can come up with a better explanation, let me know. Parents, let them ask. That’s how they learn, and most of us don’t mind answering them. It doesn’t embarrass us in the least.

Sighted person either doesn’t say anything, or excuses themselves, and jumps over your cane. Answer: This happened to me all the time in high school. You should teach your kids that it is not a thing to jump over. It’s for us to use, so that we know what’s in front of us. I use to purposefully move it when I knew they were planning to jump over it, so that they’d trip over it. At the same time teachers need to be aware of this, and watch out for it. It’s not cool!

“What’s wrong with your dog’s back? He’s wearing a brace. Did he break his back or something?” Answer: lol. I’m assumming that it’s the dog’s harness. The guidedog’s suppose to wear them when it is working. When they’re not working they do not have to wear them.

5-year-old girl: “Dad! Dad! That dog’s wearing a backpack!” Answer: You should explain to them what it is, again I’m guessing harness. Keep in mind that I don’t have a guidedog. If you don’t know feel free to ask the handler (owner) of the guide dog. I’m sure they won’t mind answering your or your child’s questions. If they tell you that they are running short on time, please make it a point to ask all the questions you need too in the allotted amount of time. If we tell you that we are busy feel free to google your questions, or research it in any other way that you see fit. News flash! The handler’s the one who is letting the dog guide them.

The following comes from missanonymous94. I thank her for this. If you would like to follow her on twitter her twitter name is the following: @missanonymous94.

They ask my mom all the time, “If your daughter is blind, are you learning sign language then?” She’s like, “No, but we learned Braille.”

A doctor asked me how I lived alone for the 2 months before I got Macie. I’m rarely asked questions like that by educated people, especially those in the medical field. I was surprised more than I was offended.

People always ask me and my mom how I cope with my blindness.
They ask me all the time how I pick up after Macie, how I take her out, how she lets me know she needs to go out, etc. They think it’s a huge ordeal.

Whenever I’m at a store or restaurant or whatever, and a sighted person is with me, the waitress or customer service person always asks the person with me, “What does she want?” rather than asking me directly. Some people answer for me, others say, “I don’t know, ask her!” and point at me.

Don’t know if this counts, but people called my cane a stick or poll all the time when I used a cane. (A note from Stephie) My dad calls mine a club.

When me and my brothers walk around sometimes, people see us and me in particular and say, “Awwwww, poor thing.” (A note from Stephie) Why do you feel sorry for us? It seems like you feel more sorry for us, than you do any other disabilities. There’s really no reason to feel sorry for us. We can get out, go grocery shopping, read the paper, pay our bills, and some of us have jobs. In other words we can contribute to society just like you can. I’m not sure why I often want to go on the offensive when I get asked this question, but I do. I try not too though).

People ask me and my mom where I go to school, where I went to school, like the thought of public education doesn’t even cross their minds. (A note from Stephie) Here is the last known figure of blind students who are being mainstreamed, or other wise going to a public school that I have in my brain. Because it’s in my brain I’m not sure how accurate it is now. The last figure that I saw, said that it was about 85% of all blind students attend a public school. When you think about it that’s a lot. Not to mention that there’s no colleges that I know of specifically for blind people. So those of us that choose to go to college have to go to a regular one.)

People ask my mom, “Who helps her when you’re not around?” The idea that I’m independent doesn’t even cross their minds. (A note from Stephie) Hey, unless we say so. Just assume we can do just about anything you can. If you don’t know, ask us. 🙂 I’ve learned in my short life that usually when you assume something without asking first. It is usually wrong, and results in someone, or multiple people being mad at you.)

A Catholic priest asked my mom once, since I’m blind, what is my view of God like? There’s really no answer to this one. (a note from Stephie) Everyone’s vision of god, and heaven are different. Just thought I’d point that out.

Lots and lots and lots of people have said that God will heal me someday, they’ll pray for me, I even had a circle of girls one time put hands on me, cry, speak in tongues and pray over me.

A preacher put his hands on my face and prayed, then when he was done, asked if I could see. He was dead serious too.

A Paragraph from Stephie. I’ve debated about putting this story here, but why not. When I was little there was this old guy who was always in town. Every time he’d see me he’d put his hands on my head, and pray for me. I’ve always found it a bit weird, and uncomfortable when people do that. I wouldn’t tell them no though, because that’s rude.

People have also told my mom that because of her sin, my blindness is how she has to pay for the sins she’s committed. (Note from Stephie) Why? Just why? I don’t truly understand the thought process behind this statement.

Someone told my mom that if I put magnets in my shoes, I would be healed. (a note from Stephie) This is folklore. I’m sure there is tons of this kind of stuff that you believe. It doesn’t make it true. Please, please, do research. I don’t care how. Just please educate yourself. Because, like I always say, when you stop learning you’re dead. 🙂

Someone told my mom that she should have aborted me, and because she didn’t, she had to pay for it by me being blind. (A note from Stephie) I always love to challenge people’s beliefs. Especially when they’re beliefs like these. 🙂

People never ask me, but my brother has heard people talk behind my back asking how I use an iPhone when I can’t see the screen. (A note from Stephie. I’ve seen tweets about this so many times on my timeline. My friends, and I have experienced people being amazed that their Iphones have something so powerful on them. Something that can help us, and that we can pick up any device with it on there, and use it. I or my friends have to explain that it’s called voice over, and how to use it/get to it. I don’t mind.)

Someone on twitter tweeted, how do blind people know when to stop wiping their ass? He was joking, probably never knew a blind person would actually read that. (A note from Stephie) I have no words to write here. I’m speechless.

Someone asked me on twitter, “Who tweets for you?” as if I can’t use twitter myself. (a note from Stephie) Yes, we can use a computer *looks at the person writing this blog. Because I have to dictate it* lol. That was sarcasm. Yes, If I can use a computer that also means that I can do just about anything on the internet that you can. Even use twitter. The only thing I can’t seem to do is access anything with flash enabled.

Someone asked me today how I get dressed. I said, “you mean how I match my clothes?” And he said, “Well, that too.” He didn’t know how I could physically put clothes on without being able to see.

Me and my friend were in a gas station once and a crazy lady saw us with our canes. She asked my friend’s mom if we were blind, and she told her we were. Then the lady said, “Why do they have eyes then?”

My boyfriend has some vision, and he holds his iPhone very close to his face to be able to see it. At least 2 or 3 times now, people have drove by while he was waiting on the bus and said, “Ya forget your readin’ glasses, buddy?”

One day, I was in the store, and this guy just came up and started petting Macie. I said, “Hey, can you do me a favor and please ask me before you pet my dog?” He just stopped, all surprised, and said, “What??!!” I said, “Can you ask me before you pet my dog? She’s a service animal.” He said, “Well, if you’re gonna be all grumpy like that, then…” he turned around, started walking away and said, “You can just go to hell.”

I hope this helps you, or at least amuses you. Thanks for reading!

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