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ERIC Number: ED253000
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
[Blindness: Three Papers.]
Jernigan, Kenneth
Three papers by the president of the National Federation of the Blind are presented. The first, "A Definition of Blindness," examines definitions of blindness, asserting the advantages of a functional or sociological definition over a physical or medical definition. He cites harm in legal distinctions between partial and full blindness and between those born blind and those who become blind as adults. The second paper, "Blindness: The Circle of Sophistry," addresses myths about blindness and suggests that the myths are upheld because they permit sighted people with feelings of inferiority to feel important. Noting that agencies established to help the blind frequently perpetuate the myths, he offers the approach of the National Federation of the Blind as an alternative. The final paper, "Competing on Terms of Equality," addresses issues of expectation from employers and employees. He cites his own experiences in selling insurance, teaching school, and working in an orientation center for blind persons. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at a Job Opportunities for the Blind (JOB) Seminar (Baltimore, MD, 1980) ("Competing on Terms of Equality"); and Address to the Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind (Phoenix, AZ, July 6, 1984) ("Blindness: The Circle of Sophistry").