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May 23rd, 2008

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12:22 am - "the government discriminated against the blind... by making its paper money all the same"
this article is full of interesting stuff, but here's the part that stood out for me:

There was some criticism of the court decision, however. “We hope that this ruling will not have the unintended consequence of reinforcing society’s misconception that blind people are unable to function in the world as it currently is,” Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind, said in a statement.

WHAT unintended consequence? that is exactly the point of the ruling, is it not? if blind people had no trouble with the world as it currently is, then there would be no reason to redesign the money. this is total needless pc doublethink.
the only thing i can think of that would make sense of this is if he meant 'unable to function' like 100% worthless and incapable of anything. but if so, what 1800s throwback would he be addressing that to? because i think society at large has been allowing the disabled to leave its asylum dungeons for quite a few years now.

note: just to be clear, i'm not against the money thing. i think that's a great idea. i just don't get this quote.
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Date:May 23rd, 2008 08:34 am (UTC)
In theory and on paper, es.

But it's just that kind of thinking that makes it hard to truly leave the dungeon.

A person can be told, "We will treat you the same as anyone else, and afford you the same rights and privileges and responsibilities as anyone else."

But because they are not like everyone else, they need various "assists" - everyone else knows they are not the same, they know they are not the same, and they feel the resentment from others about them getting supports a lot. Or they feel pity or sympathy when they just want to be able to be like anyone else (most "disabled" people I know, myself included, would happily be normal or whatever normaql is, or at least have the negatives taken away (AS actually gives you positives in a few areas, but takes away in many others, for instance).

But yeah. Every time someone is reminded by an external source (whatever or whoever it might be) of their disability? It's like a slap, because really - who wants a constant reminder that we're different and always will be and everyone knows it and always will?

Sorry if I seem to be coming down on you here. It's not meant personally. It's just well - I am in a bit of a mood to vent tonight, I guess, and I saw this, and I think you might get it or understand or something.
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Date:May 23rd, 2008 09:33 am (UTC)
It took me forever to realize that the Euro was designed for blind people. The coins all have neat designs in their sides.
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Date:May 23rd, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
i heard about this on npr the other day and a few weeks ago they were making a big deal about a blind guy who was elected mayor. i think it's because something like 70% of blind people who are eligible to work do not have jobs because the public perception is that they can't do anything for themselves nevermind hold a job and perform the duties competently.

the money probably does need to be changed. i don't know why this hasn't come up in the past as a big issue though. i think partially the guy doesn't want people to go around thinking they can screw blind people out of their change or over charge them just because they can't see the money or the cash register.
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Date:May 25th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
i don't think most people are willing to pay enough attention to ask what a specific disabled person is capable of; i think they tend to underestimate and generalize.

the money thing in particular is really dumb. there is no good reason not to have different sized bills, and every other country has it. it's not like it inconveniences sighted people (except people with ocd who need all our bills to line up :) ) sure, blind people can get by without it, but it's such a simple way to make a lot of peoples' lives a little easier.

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