The VIP Tag

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!

I hope you’re all well.

Today I have for you ‘The VIP Tag’ which if you don’t know is the ‘visually impaired people tag’. If you are new to my blog then you might not know that I am in fact visually impaired and I thought this tag would be a great way for you to learn more about my visual impairment.

I wasn’t personally tagged to do this post but I noticed a few of my favourite bloggers posted their version of it and I thought it would be a good idea for me to post one of my own.

Now then let’s get into the questions.

1. What medical condition caused you to be blind or visually impaired?

I have the degenerative eye condition known as Retinitis Pigmentosa.

2. In three words describe your vision. 

Interesting, difficult, unpredictable.

3. What is the herdest thing to do being blind or visually impaired?

Intrepreting body language and facial expressions is definitely one of the most challenging things about being visually impaired. Lets take a particular situation for example, say that I was to meet someone new and they gestured their hand for a hand shake, I wouldn’t be able to see that movement therefore it could make the situation slightly awkward. Another thing I find difficult about being visually inpaired is when I walk into a room I have no idea who is there and if there is anywhere to sit, this is a challenge that I face everyday at sixth form and I must say, it doesn’t get any easier.

4. What is the best part about being blind or visually impaired?

Meeting other people with sight loss is definitely one of the benefits of being visually impaired. Being a part of the blind community is a great part about living with sight loss because it gives you the opportunity to interact with amazing people. I personally am not as involved in the visually impaired community as other people might be purely because I can be a very shy and anxious person but I definitely want to interact with more visually impaired people in the near future. Another thing that is great about being visually impaired is that I can live my life in a very unique way, I’ve learned skills that I would never have learnt if I weren’t to be visually impaired, take reading braille for example, I have now learned to read and write braille in three languages which is something that I’m really proud of. Another thing that I like about being visually impaird is that I can educate and help others on the subject, people are always fascinated when I talk about sight loss it’s a great feeling when you know that you might be able to change even the smallest percentage of people’s perceptions on sight loss and disability.

5. What question do you get asked most about or because of your vision?

I can’t think of any particular question that I get asked in my day to day life when I’m out and about but on instagram in particular I always recieve direct messages asking how I am able to take my instagram photos,  how I do my makeup and also people constantly ask me if I’m completely blind.

6. Do you have a cane, a guide dog or neither?

In my day to day life I don’t use either. I am currently on the waiting list for a guide dog and I recieve training sessions with a cane weekly and I am now a confident user of the cane although I don’t have one in my possession at the moment as I need to buy a new one as the one I have is too small for me by now. When i go out I depend on other people to give me sighted guide unless it’s somewhere that I am extremely familiar with. But yes, I am a confident user of the cane and waiting for a guide dog match.

7. What piece of advice would you give to someone who is losing, going to lose or has lost their sight?

It’s difficult for me to find an answer for this question because i am personally not completely blind. There is a big chance that I will lose my vision completely someday and my vision is gradually deteriorating. One thing that I would say to peope is not to bottle all your feelings up. Losing your aight is going to be a very scary process and you need to let all your feelings out, might that be anger, sadness, frustation, you need to let it all out so that you can become stronger. Just remeber that you are not alone. If you do lose your sight then remain strong, live your life to the full and don’t let it stop you from achieving anything you want to achieve in life.

8. What piece of advice would you give to a sighted person about interacting with someone who is blind or visually impaired?

Don’t assume that we need help.

Many sighted people might assume that we as visually impaired people need constance assistance but that is certainly not the case. If we need help, for the most part we’ll ask for it. I think many sighted people could never imagine how we visualy impaired people would complete a certain task without sight, the truth is that we have adapted most tasks so we can complete them ourselves and if we need help to complete it then we will ask.

9. Why did you join youtube/blogging?

I started this blog for the reason that I wanted to show people that you can achieve anything no matter what. I wanted people to realise that having a disability doesn’t make you different to anyone else in this world and I wanted to change people’s perceptions of sight loss in particular. I also just wanted to share my love of beauty and fashion and also to meet amazing people (which i have done).

10. Name three people to do this tag next. 

Well I can only think of two people to tag but they are both very inspirational people and I truly admire them.

The first person is Emily from Fashioneyesta.

And the second is Holly from Together we can conquer the perception of blindness. 

And I also tag any of you reading this right now who are visually impaired.

I hope you all enjoyed today’s post. Let me know if you’d like to see more posts about visual impairment in the future as this is something I would like to write more about.

I hope you’re all having a great week so far.

Thankyou for reading. xox

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