I guess that so many of us take this part of our lives for granted, but when you are blind it is my belief that we do need to learn how to interact. Having had some vision before, I learned that gestures and expressions sure play an important part in how and when we interact. Then add the eye contact to this mix and you have a huge learning curve.
When I had vision I sure learned how to do it in an acceptable manner. I copied gestures from others and learned how and when to use them. I had a bit more difficulty with expressions because I was never able to see them clearly so I had to get others to help me.
I learned fast and I asked many questions. In addition, I had great family and friends to help me out. Now that I do not have enough vision to see gestures and expressions, I have to rely on my previous experience, visualizing as I go along and I use my powers of listening to seal the deal.
I’m Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day and encouraging you to go out there and share my blogs with others. Visit www.nfb.org to learn more.