On A Cuppa at the Mosens, Blind Like Me. Is it right to blindfold the sighted?

This week on A Cuppa at the Mosens, we’d like to know what you think of blindfolding the sighted, or even the visually impaired.

Can blindfolding be a useful educational tool, heightening the empathy sighted people have for the challenges we face? Or, when suddenly deprived of a sense on which sighted people are so dependent, does blindfolding result in creating distorted pictures of what our daily lives are like.

Some blindness organisations over the years have used blindfolding as a fund raising tool, hoping that once people learn what it’s like not to see, they’ll dig deep into their pockets and give generously. Is that a reasonable thing to do?

Other blindness organisations blindfold rehabilitation clients who have limited vision, to teach them the techniques of blindness more effectively. Is that a sensible strategy, or is there nothing wrong with someone who is visually impaired using what vision they have when they can.

There’s so much to talk about, and as always, we welcome a diversity of perspectives and experiences.

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