It makes no difference, they can also do it
Earlier this month, as over 120 countries of the world celebrated ‘breast feeding week’, an hilarious experience a visually impaired friend once had kept ringing in my head.
This lady was pregnant at the time and had gone to the market to purchase some baby items in preparation for the arrival of the bundle of joy. After gathering her goods, she was waiting patiently for her driver to come pick her up when suddenly an elderly woman approached her and started to heap curses on whoever got her pregnant seeing that she was blind.
Apparently, the elderly woman felt pity that she had to cope with pregnancy and child care alongside her disabilities and she felt whoever got her pregnant did so out of sheer wickedness.
I couldn’t stop laughing as my friend relayed the experience to me.
Over the years, I have heard how people with visual impairment are been queried for certain things that they do. Questions like how do you take your bath, how do you eat, how are you able to dress up yourself and recently I heard the most shocking.
At a wedding ceremony, a visually impaired man asked to be assisted to the rest room and when he was taken there the guide innocently asked if he could do his toilet business all by himself and if not he was willing to help.
It is a common notion that the eyes is a crucial part of the body and that is why a Yoruba adage says “oju loba ara”, meaning a defect to the eyes renders the rest of the body redundant but it will amaze you to know that these set of special persons can equally perform the same function effortlessly just like their sighted counterparts, in some cases even better.
If you are a parent or guardian to such children, try not to prevent them from taking part in house chores. They may not get it right at the initial stage but be consistent and persistent, they sure would be better for it at the end of the day. Let them put the rest of their sense organs to use. Guide them to take precautions just like you would to their sighted mates.
They also need to be shown how to care for themselves as adolescent, pregnant women, nursing mothers etc. and trust me when I say they can also do it.
Do not be afraid to engage them in a relationship especially if you found true love in anyone, all you need to do is to provide them with the necessary support you will offer to those that have their sense of sight working regardless of their disabilities.
After all, a woman in labor still needs the doctors and nurses whether she is blind or not.
Even nursing mothers who could see still needs friends and families to assist them.
Hence, being a visually impaired makes no difference.