Do You Dream in Color? Highlights the Struggles Blind Students Face
Marilyn is a member of the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois. She shared her thoughts after watching the film Do You Dream in Color? We’d love to hear what you think too. Comment below or share your thoughts with us on Facebook and Twitter.
I was twenty-two years old when I was diagnosed as legally blind and received my first white cane. I had earned an undergraduate degree from a reputable university in Chicago and worked in a publishing company inputting data corrections, and I remember thinking that my work and education could have been much easier if the doctors had made this diagnosis five years ago. I learned about so many resources for the blind (i.e. human readers, screen readers, CCTV’s, etc.) that I imagined a past filled with fewer late nights of studying and more days spent enjoying my senior year of high school and my four years of college.
Then I watched Do You Dream in Color?, and I began to question whether it was better that my low vision allowed me to assimilate into the world of the sighted. In this film I saw teenagers and their parents working diligently to overcome obstacles imposed upon them due to their blindness, and it made me wonder if I was blessed to fall under the radar of being diagnosed as legally blind because it is 2017 and blindness is ridiculed and misunderstood.
I am not ashamed of my blindness or what I accomplished with and without accessibility, but I am ashamed to live in one of the richest countries in the world and know that blind people, my people, are fighting for a seat at the table where our sighted peers sit. We are fighting to find our voices in a world that at many turns wants to stifle us and break our spirits. But I stand tall and proud to say that I am a member of the National Federation of the Blind, an organization that is raising the expectations of blind people and transforming our dreams into reality.