Dating for blind people


08-Jun-2020 11:01

by Priscilla Mc Kinley EDITORS NOTE: Priscilla Mc Kinley is a Board Member of the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa. Some of you may have pondered the questions about whether or not to date a sighted or a blind person, as I have in the past.She is also the President of the Old Capitol Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa. Dating a sighted person means having a sighted guide when some idiot smashes into you and breaks your cane on your way to class; Dating a blind person means having a spare cane when some idiot smashes into you and breaks your cane on your way to class. Dating a sighted person means having someone keep you from kissing a nose instead of the lips; Dating a blind person means not caring if you give or get a kiss on the nose instead of the lips. Dating a sighted person means being able to take drives in the country on weekends; Dating a blind person means being able to have private NFB conventions on weekends. Dating a sighted person means having someone to blame when you run into each other in the hall; Dating a blind person means it's no one's fault when you run into each other in the hall. Dating a sighted person means having someone to describe what's going on during the silent moments of a movie; Dating a blind person means having time to get popcorn or go to the bathroom during the silent moments of a movie. Dating a sighted person means knowing who's going to drive on your next date; Dating a blind person means knowing you're going to take the bus on your next date. Dating a sighted person means having someone to tell you if your socks match; Dating a blind person means having someone else remember if you cut your tag out of your orange or purple shirt. Dating a sighted person means someone telling you when you have a piece of broccoli stuck between your two front teeth; Dating a blind person means no one noticing when you have a piece of broccoli stuck between your two front teeth. Dating a sighted person means being able to ask questions like, "What's the expiration date on this milk? " ; Dating a blind person means being able to ask questions like, "What's the Braille symbol for S-I-O-N? Sometimes I thought it would be easier to date a blind person, someone who could understand the challenges blind people face on a daily basis.Other times, I thought it would be easier to date a sighted person, someone who could alleviate some of the challenges that go along with blindness.

From the Editor: Until her untimely death in December 2010, Priscilla Mc Kinley was an active member of the NFB of Iowa and the NFB Blind …Aug 15, 2011 Id also like to know what my life would be like dating someone whos blind.Would you still be interested in this person if the status of his/her sight changed?In other words, if dating a sighted person, would you still be interested if he/she went blind?When in a relationship with a blind person, I found myself asking similar types of questions.



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