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I go to conventions or meetings for the blind like American Council of the Blind or National Federation of the Blind and don't feel I fit in there either like I am not blind enough.
I have never tried to pass - be taken as fully sighted. I have always been open about my vision and was not ashamed to use tools like monoculars in school. First off even if I wanted to fake that I could see like everyone it would not go well due the the squinting and having to look at things super close. Also I have no reason to hide it. There is no shame in being blind or legally blind.
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A big fear for me is not finding people when I need to meet with them for example with school group projects. No matter how many times I say I am legally blind and they see me using zoom and cctv in the classroom, they can't seem to get that I need them to tell me exactly where they are. I can't see into the study rooms to find them. I get around school really well, what people don't know is prior to the semester I go and learn where all y classrooms are. A fear of mine is going o n the first day and a sign being on the door that the class is moved because i cannot see the room numbers unless I am right on them and the over the door ones I cannot see with out my monocular.
Another example is restaurants. I always worry about finding my group if they are already seated. When I ask the host, I just get pointed in the right direction. I will say, "I am legally blind can you show me to the table" which is followed by a confused look and questions like"Why don't you get glasses". I will usually try to explain about my vision and glasses not helping as it is an opportunity to educate.
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I have had so many situations where I hear through the grapevine that I am a bitch because I did not wave back at someone that I did not see. I don't "look blind" so people really do not get what I cannot see or even know I have a vision problem.
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I sometimes wish I could just wear a sign that said I am legally blind so people would know. :-) Some people would say just use my cane on a regular basis as identification but then I get the other side of it - "You aren't blind".