[nfbwatlk] FW: [CFB List] Vision Mates

Kaye Kipp kkipp123 at gmail.com
Sun Feb 24 10:20:46 CST 2013


Good lord.  I had to read it twice to make sure I heard it right.  That's 
disgusting.  Ugh.

Kaye
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mike Freeman" <k7uij at panix.com>
To: <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2013 7:48 AM
Subject: [nfbwatlk] FW: [CFB List] Vision Mates


> Read and weep! Or, perhaps, gape in astonishment.
>
>
>
> From: list-bounces at cfb.ca [mailto:list-bounces at cfb.ca] On Behalf Of Mary
> Ellen Gabias
> Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2013 7:40 PM
> Subject: [List] Vision Mates
>
>
>
>
>
> Have any of you heard the latest commercial from CNIB in which they seek
> volunteers to spend two hours a week reading to blind people or helping 
> with
> shopping?  It's hard to believe that I heard it correctly, because the
> commercial invites volunteers to become "Vision Mates!"  The implications
> are odd, to say the least.
>
>
>
> This continues the unfortunate trend of that organization to name 
> everything
> "vision Something."
>
>
>
> Maybe an organization whose mission statement involves service to 
> aboriginal
> persons will come up with a volunteer program and call those volunteers
> "White Knights."  If so, I would guess there would be a justifiable outcry
> against language so demeaning to the recipients of volunteer service. 
> Alas,
> I doubt
>
> that anyone outside of the blind community will even wonder about "Vision
> Mates."  Even more sadly, far to many blind and vision impaired people 
> won't
> be bothered by the implications, either.
>
>
>
> Mary Ellen
>
>


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