“Aww, how long have you been training that dog?”


Woman: “Aww, how long have you been training that dog?”
Me: “She’s mine. I’m visually impaired.”
Woman: “Excuse me?”
Me: “I’m visually impaired.”
Woman: “REALLLLLLY?!?!?! Wow….”
Me: *Smiles*
Woman: “Well, she’s beautiful and really well behaved.”
Me: “Thank you.”
Woman: (in an accusatory tone) “How can you be blind with glasses on?” 
Me: “I’m legally blind, so I can see a tiny bit but not much.”
Woman: “oh..”

And that is when that conversation ended, haha. To be fair, I was wearing glasses, writing, and at a hockey game cheering on my boyfriend. So I do understand why I didn’t come off as “blind.” This conversation doesn’t bother me, neither do the other conversations that I get very similar to this just about every other day. However, part of me makes me wish that I did “look blind,” so to speak. 

I mostly just find these conversations amusing because they really point out the misconception that society has that “blind” people are totally blind. I know I’ve thrown this out there before but only about 10% of individuals who are “blind” (legally blind) are indeed totally blind. Many have light perception, can see shadows, have a little central or a little peripheral, have vision but it’s just really blurry, something.

But nope, Makiko went through her extended training, we went through our training together at GDB Oregon campus, and now in a way we are still training as we continue to find the best way to work and communicate with each other. 🙂 

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

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