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Disability Narratives

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Video clip: Maria explains how when at work, people can sometimes be shocked to learn of her disability as she does not always look or act as though she has a visual impairment.

Not in a bad way. Because I know the students and xxx all the time. So when they arrive, they talk to me and I'm - say I'm looking at you thinking that I'm looking at your eyes, I'm not sure. So they don't see anything wrong with my eyes. So when I tell them I'm registered blind, they are sort of shocked, saying "Are you kidding me? You're making this up." And I say "No, I couldn't get a dog because I went and bought a raffle, a ticket in a raffle and won him. He was given to me because I cannot see. Honestly, I cannot see." But they don't believe me at the beginning. So it's more explaining to them, it doesn't mean that my eyes have to be something wrong with them. I'm trying to see, to your face where I think that your eyes are. I could be looking at your nose, I could be looking at your forehead, I don't know. That's why you haven't noticed. But then they are surprised, because they think that I manage very well, which I'm trying to. But anything to make me feel uncomfortable? No. No. It's more them, they feel uncomfortable that they didn't know.

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