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Bruce, Caroline

Blind People Are Intelligent Too

I belong to a support mailing list for a braille translation program I
use. On that list, someone raised the question: When producing a braille
menu and the dollar signs are not present in print, should they be
inserted? A bunch of people wrote in and said, yes, absolutely. This way
of thinking really, really bothers me for whatever reason. To me, it
says that blind people aren't smart enough to figure out that the number
after an item with the decimal point is a price, and that, given the
locale of the restaurant, that price is going to be in dollars. Sighted
people don't need that additional information to reach these
conclusions, why should we? I guess it falls into the broader category
of entitlement, of blind people wanting things handed to them. My way or
the highway. And then you can broaden it still further to any minority
group, be it racial, religious, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender,
whatever, who decide that equality is no longer enough, that they want
more than the other person, effectively replacing one form of inequality
with another: it's awful when we're not treated as equals, but it is
acceptable for us to treat the other person as non-equals.

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You know. I have been considering brailling some for restaurants who do not have braille menus. I am a certified transcriber, so I could do it relatively easily as long as managers didn't mind me taking their menus to work from.