Blindness Awareness Month Fact of the Day (October 14)


Now, this is going to sound very blunt and may be a taboo topic for some of you but this is surprisingly one of those questions that when I present to groups and ask them if they have any questions about disability and give them the opportunity to ask any question, without judgement, they usually ask.. are you ready for it.. “Can an individual with a visual impairment have sex?” They have asked this to my partner too when I present with her, she is in a wheelchair. To me that makes a little more sense because their is that lack of physical motion and mobility sometimes with individuals in wheelchairs. However, with an individual who is visually impaired, all that is “lacking” is their ability to see clearly and fully. Most people have sex in the dark anyway, I’d imagine, or they don’t stare at their partner the entire time.. one of my friends always says when she is asked this question, “well do you have sex with the lights on? No, I didn’t think so.. it’s the same kind of experience with us.” I usually say something like that in my presentations because it gets the message across. So yes, most individuals with a vision disorder CAN have sex, unless of course there is something else going on but purely a visual impairment does not prevent or really interfere with an individual having sexual activity.

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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.

One thought on “Blindness Awareness Month Fact of the Day (October 14)”

  1. i thought this is kinda funny but an understandable question, i guess. but i really like the “well do you have sex with the lights on? No, I didn’t think so.. it’s the same kind of experience with us.”

    xp

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