Dave: Yes people, it’s true, blind people can still do this! I actually still enjoy wrapping presents. I’m not saying I’m any good at it but I still enjoy doing it.
I have to be prepared and have things in order (I’m thinking this is now me rather than a blind thing?), getting all the presents I need to wrap in a line, and having my rolls of paper, sticky tape and scissors all ready. Usually I would buy my own paper or have to confirm with Kelly, my wife, that I have got rolls of Christmas paper ready and not children’s birthday paper!
As much as I’m ready, I still make mistakes (yes, I do make them!). I sometimes cut the paper too short or the cut is more of a diagonal cut than a straight one. I try and keep presents to a shape that is easy to wrap, folding clothing into a small neat bundle or using old boxes to ensure that guessing what is inside is impossible.
I then fold the paper, get my tape, have to let go of the paper to untangle the tape from my fingers, fold again, get more tape, place the tape on the join, let go and find out that I’ve missed the join! I repeat this over and over until I finally get the present wrapped and taped!
I think the most amusing thing is when I hand over my present/s to be informed that I have wrapped the present with the pattern on the inside… Isn’t it about time they made tactile paper so that I can determine the plain side from the pattern? J
Vicky: Hang on Dave, what about the time you gave me my birthday presents unwrapped as you said you hate wrapping pressies??? I’ve found you out now though – although that was a few years ago and they’ve always been wrapped since 😊 I too cut my paper too short sometimes, as well as crooked (I like the paper with the guidance grid on the back – oh great - now we both sound completely obsessive! And I accept grids are no use to you Dave) and get in a muddle with the Sellotape – so I don’t think that’s all down to being blind. On the tactile front, I’m thinking of glitter paper which you can usually feel, but then I thought of all the mess this usually makes. Maybe my challenge this year is to wrap my presents blindfold?? I’ll start with yours Dave 😊
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Our VIDA Insights...
Following our experiences from delivering our Vision Impairment Awareness training days over the past couple of years, we know that there’s loads more that we could talk about and examples we could have shared. Whilst these won’t be a substitute for our training, they will give you an insight (hence the name!) into our thoughts, observations and experiences from each of our perspectives - Dave’s living with sight loss and Vicky’s from being a sighted person and working alongside and supporting people who have sight loss.