We’ve both just read, Vicky by paperback and Dave by audio book, Touching the Rock by John M Hull – a diary kept by a man who eventually lost his sight due to double detached retinas. It was an interesting and thought-provoking read, prompting several discussions between us including about some of the similarities that Dave was able to relate to in person. We have been able to refer to the book too on our recent training days as it helps to highlight elements of our training.
Although written in diary form, John reflects upon his recent sight loss and the impacts it has on his everyday life, at times illustrating clearly some of the less thought about implications. We talk loads on our training that sight loss isn’t just about not being able to see as well but all of the effects this may have on someone’s life including in different social situations, relationships etc. Although one interesting part was his comments relating to the weather and how wind or rain can create an audible landscape otherwise not available, we found his reflections about social situations were of most interest to us. We can’t (and wouldn’t want to) re-create his words but a sample of his thoughts that resonated with us or made us connect with him the most were:
There’s loads more that we could mention but wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone that hasn’t read the book yet. However, if you have read the book, then please share with us your comments and which particular bits stuck out for you.
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.