Get to know your rights as a blind person


By Delisa Dube


Assert yourself to the joy of life marked by the rights you possess as a blind person. They a really a Gateway to Elation to a blind person’s life. Get to know them as they tend to open up the closed paths to your elation.

You have the right to be treated with respect as an intelligent, capable equal human being. Truly, you are still a human being even though you do not have sight. You have your reasoning capacity to the fullest. Regard yourself the best ever despite you being sightless. It further explains your right to state your own needs and setting your own priorities as a person independent of any roles that you may assume in your life. No one should put blockages to your Gateway to Elation


It is your right to express your feelings. Aspects to this right are that you ought to recognise and identify your feelings, accept rather than to deny them, and, then choose to express them appropriately. This goes a long way to even having the right to express your opinions and values where you have to stand for your opinions if you choose to.

This points out the right to say “yes” or “no” for yourself. No one should be your mouth-piece. You do not have sight but you do have a voice and you do cherish it to be heard loud and clear.
As a blind person, you have a right to make mistakes. It is important to note or to see that you can do something stupid without it implying that in essence you are stupid or unintelligent. Like any other person, mistakes are a way of learning where perfection comes with consistence. Meaning to say you keep striving to your Gateway to Elation; where joy comes in the morning!


It is your right to notify that you do not understand. With this in mind, it means you can learn to acknowledge confusion or non-comprehension without feeling stupid. You can learn to ask for more information or a respected explanation without feeling ridiculous.


You have the right to change your mind as a blind person. You can assertively change your mind rather than proceeding with a commitment you are unhappy about. This will even help you to exercise your right to ask for what you want. You do not have to settle for things you do not want, for it is something not quite right because it will seem you do not feel you have the right to persist.
Lastly but not least, you have the right to deal with others without being dependent on them for approval. The more effectively you can silence, or at least reduce your own internal critic to realistic proportions, the more you can successfully assess your own behaviour and unhook yourself from dependence on the opinion of others. Yes, teaming up with others for success purposes is normal. But, dancing to a jarring sound of others will be detected as dependence by them.


Show them that you can stand alone where possible and achieve your want to elation!

By Robert Malunda

I am Robert Malunda. I successfully trained myself in computer use. I discovered that blind people can use any other computer with the help of screen reading software. I started Gateway to Elation to share these skills to other blind people in Zimbabwe and around the world. I by no means not an expert but I share my experiences and what I know with Gateway to Elation participants for the betterment of the lives of blind Zimbabweans. mobility and social interaction skills are added to prevent blind people from being nerdy. being totally blind myself, I believe my experiences can be understood by other blind people - whether born blind or who became blind later in life

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