Imagine living all your life with unfounded perceptions of what you can and cannot achieve.That's the way many visually impaired people say they feel every day, ruled out before being given a chance.My adventure, however, came quickly to a screeching halt. My family loves to tell the tale of how my great-grandmother delivered the town mail when the mailman came over to socialize and fell asleep on their front porch; I’ll share about the time I was caught knocking on a solid wall of a dark restaurant hallway thinking it to be the bathroom door.I had forgotten to prepare for something big: the fact that I am legally blind. Surprised, I responded that no, I really could use a hand. Rather than shrink in embarrassment and cry over my fate, more often than not I choose to laugh about it.Case in point: it is not mandatory that men talk in bed.
Today I came across a website for visually impaired dating.A new national public service announcement will begin airing soon.It features a character name James, played by Chicago actor Jay Worthington who is also legally blind.But there is a new effort aimed at turning that around.It's all about erasing stereotypes and showcasing possibilities.