Betty Woodward and an April Fool's Day snowman made by husband Bruce
Questions and NFB Answers
by Betty Woodward
From the Editor: Betty Woodward is a member of the NFB of Connecticut Board of Directors and President of the Greater Hartford Chapter. She takes every opportunity she can to educate the public about blindness and the work of the National Federation of the Blind. This is what she says
One cold winter morning a fifth grader from a nearby town called me at our National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut Community Outreach Office. We have received many calls from students looking for information about blindness and Braille. Somehow Kristyn seemed different. She asked if she could come to our community outreach office and talk to me. Of course I said she certainly could.
A few days later Kristyn and her mom arrived at our office. She took out a notebook and pencil and, while her mother took a back seat, Kristyn asked me several questions about blindness, about Braille, about me, and about the National Federation of the Blind. She left our office armed with flyers, Kernel Books, and an offer from me to visit her school.
Early in May I found myself sitting in a classroom of first graders, their teacher, Kristyn, and my driver. To the best of my knowledge, these kids had never met a blind person before. They asked all of the usual how-do-you questions. But the question that topped them all that day was one addressed to my driver, "How did you get her into the car?"
"I didn't," my friend said. "She got in by herself."
What an opportunity we Federationists have to set an
example, to teach and to show, yeseven first graders--(or most especially first graders) that it is respectable to be blind, that being blind doesn't mean being unable to do all the things everyone else does or go everywhere everyone else goes.
I can talk to first graders or senior citizens and let them know by my attitude, abilities, and actions that I am living a full and complete life even though I am blind. These encounters give me the opportunity to let people know what the National Federation of the Blind means to me and how it has changed my life.
By the way, Kristyn has been diabetic most of her young life. I hope she will always remember the things we talked about.