Blindness, like so many other things, has myths attached to it, most of which blind people find utterly ridiculous.
Some you may have heard before and some might be new. And heavens forbid, if you’ve never met a blind person, you may even believe in some of them. However, after having read this, you’ll be laughing along with the rest of us.
Blind people hear better than sighted people.
I would forgive you for believing this, but it’s not true. Our hearing is effectively the same as the hearing of a sighted person, it’s just more developed. We are also believed to have a better sense of touch, smell and taste. Again, this has more to do with the development of the senses. I would go so far as to say that sighted people miss out on many sensory experiences because the sight takes over everything
Blind people have perceptions towards the supernatural and are often psychic.
If that was true, or if the spirit world could be proven to exist, the unemployment rate among the blind would be a hell of a lot lower as they could be put on the psychic lines and chat rooms to give people readings. More psychics would arguably mean cheaper readings, so everyone would do it. I admit this chain of thoughts are rather simplified, but I’m just trying to make a point. I have heard of one or two blind psychics, but I’ve heard of more sighted ones.
Blind people can know colours by touch.
I really wonder how that one came about. I was told as a little girl by sighted grown-ups that I should be able to feel the difference between warm and cold colours and felt frustrated when I couldn’t. It may have been the case for a few extrordinary people, but it’s not common at all. Blind artists would typically put different kinds of grain in different pots of colour in order to paint better. The Turkish artist Esref Armagan, who is blind, uses this technique and they say his paintings are good.
Blind people are musical.
If you heard a couple of my friends sing in the shower, it wouldn’t take you long to get convinced that not every blindy is a musical genius. Having said that, a large proportion of blind people I know, myself included have musical talents.
Blind people read Braille.
I certainly wish this was the case, but sadly, only a minority seem to read it these days. Talking screen reading software has taken over where Braille was king, something which often results in worse spelling for some blind people as they have a tendency to spell phonetically. I use talking software as well, but in combination with Braille as I think it’s vital I stay a good Braille reader. I think that people who lose their sight should learn Braille too. Even the grown-ups. Not being able to read it would be like not being able to read print. I can understand the motivation for this group is lower, but basic Braille skills are a good thing to have as it is our version of print. And would anyone swap print for audio?
Blind people live in a dark world.
Most blind people can see some light. This is not useful vision and they still need dogs or canes to move around. Blind people who can’t see light, don’t see black, because in order to see black, you would arguably need sight as black reflects every colour.
Blind people are good lovers.
Sensitive fingers, a great sense of touch. But is it true? Rather than me telling you, why not find out for yourself? :;) I reckon that’d be a lot more fun!