|Abby inspecting an candy on Easter.|
Society has made blind a bad word. Being blind is a condition that is feared by many people more then other much worse conditions. When people talk in hushed tones around Abby she picks up on that and feels she has something to be ashamed of. Abby will hide her cane sometimes in pictures because she is still embarrassed. Abby shouldn't feel ashamed that she is blind. Its just something that is part of who she is like her blue eyes and her bubbly personality. She should be proud she is reading (in braille) She should feel proud she is moves about safety (with a cane). She should haven't to worry that someone is going to see her as broken just because she experiences the world different then others.
I can get Abby the tools she needs to be successful, Its harder for me to change the world's opinion of blindness.
Some related links:
A definition of blindness http://www.nfb.org/Images/nfb/Publications/fr/fr19/fr05si03.htm
Blindness—Handicap or Characteristic http://www.nfb.org/nfb/NOPBC_LA_Attitudes_About_Blindness.asp?SnID=1598899775