Blindness according to Dorland (2012) is the inability to see or todifferentiate between light and darkness. In my case, losing my sightat the age of five would require special needs and collaboration ofmy parents and teachers as I learn and adapt to the education systemfor the visually challenged category of students. To address thesechallenging needs, I would require specialized services, books, andmaterials, specialized print media like the braille, specializedequipment and technology to access the educational content.
I require special schools that offer education programs for the blindand visually impaired students. Like any other young scholar with mycondition, I am exposed to different effects on the methods of study,the methods of instruction and mostly the mental strength tocomprehend learning activities. Nonverbal cues such as gestures andsigns as a communication mode are not applicable in my learningenvironment. Attending classes every day requires assistance from myparents or friends.
Effect of Blindness on Social Life
The visually impaired tend to live in isolated and lonely life, theyfind it hard to make relationships with their peers who are normalleading to a low esteem (Warren & Manderson, 2013). In mostcases, such people will have few friends outside the family set up.In my case, I will be forced to cut the list of friends I used tomeet and interact with. My new life as I grow will dictate that Imake new friends in the school of visually impaired students.
The blind and visually impaired people have limited mobility as theycannot see and therefore their movement will be restricted acondition that emotionally affects them as they have no motivation tomove around since they cannot see. The result of this in my case willbe few trusted friends and fear to meet new unknown people.
Social gathering despite how important they are, will not motivate meand others with similar condition to be part of it because if Icannot see. This condition does affect negatively the ability ofyoung people to adequately express themselves in they end up in mostcases being resentful (Fazzi &Bianchi, 2016).
Plans After Completion of High School Studies
After high school, I would wish to join a local social work club andgive services to the society by talking to young people withdisabilities about self-esteem and the challenges we go through. Thiswill be in a bid to encourage and make them see life from a broadperspective rather than as visually challenged people.
I will also enroll for a training session in music to advance myambition in being a music instrument player. I have a passion formusic, and although it will not be my future career I wish to betrained on how to play music instruments, skills that I will use toentertain people in my local church.
High school teacher: I have a passion for interacting and teachingyoung people, talking to them and helping them become better peoplein the society. Being a professional teacher will provide me with abetter opportunity to make this passion a reality.
Accommodations in My Workplace
Because of my condition, I would like the school in which I work forto use an appropriate mode of communication such as voice messages.This will help me in communicating with the school administration andmy students as well.
I would also like to have desk computer or a laptop with synthesizedspeech or character recognition software that will enable me to readinformation much faster and give feedback. Also, this will facilitatethe use of technology such as presentation and word processingsoftware to create lessons and worksheets.
Provision of a Braille machine to my class and or office will createeasy time while preparing class notes or a lesson. I would also liketo be provided with mobility aiding equipment such electronic travelaids that will help me maneuver around the school compound.
Contribution to the Society
With the privilege of the education acquired, it will be my vision tolive a greater life than my disability and provide advice to otherslike me to accept their conditions and enrich the potentials theyhave rather than having fear to live a happy life. I would like to bea role model to many others with similar condition as mine and toshow them disability cannot be inability.
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