COVID 19-In the life of blind people

Tiffany Brar
Posted June 15, 2020 from India

Covid 19 has created a great impact globally. This 2020 era has completely changed some as positive and most as negative. This lock down has altered the lifestyle of people all over the world.

Yes, this applies for people with disabilities, especially when it comes to blind people like me it are a very big challenge to lead my day to day life. As blind people we always face the problem of accessibility in terms of information and environment. The problems that my blind community faced during this pandemic cannot be expressed in words.

There are numerous who lost their jobs. There are uncountable blind women who faced a lot health and mental issues since they are bounded to the four walls. There are a lot of blind students who faced accessible problems for continuing their education in online. There are blind people who faced emotional/psychological problems due to this prolonged pandemic. There are blind persons who lost their livelihood because of this pandemic and their families are facing great struggles.

The worst that COVID 19 has created in the life of each and every blind individual is the financial crisis. It will take nearly 2 to 3 years to overcome this financial crisis.

We are supported highly by the healthcare workers, doctors, and government during this period. Access to information is the major problem faced by blind people. There are so many technological apps that are introduced during this period. Access to those apps for the blind people is really a big question? Regarding social distance, day to day happenings all over the world, schemes introduced by the government especially for the people with disabilities all are the primary needs of the blind people. Equal access to information is same for the sighted people and for blind people also.

Still we need more support from our government and United Nations to come out from the effects of COVID 19. It is not a simple process. It will take more time and human effort to overcome this and to come back to our day to day normal life as before.

Also I take this opportunity to thank our government, service volunteers, health care department and NGO’s who worked hard for our safety and welfare, despite of so much hurdles and barriers.

Lets fight against this COVID 19 pandemic and have a safe world.

 

 

 

 

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Jill Langhus
Jun 15
Jun 15

Hello Dear Tiffany,

How are you and your family doing, dear? Thanks so much for sharing your COVID update. I'm glad that you're receiving a lot of governmental support and healthcare workers, but that's too bad that it sounds like you're being left out on technological advances, and apps. I wonder how this could be improved? I'm not a big app person, so I don't really follow that world, but I wonder where people would go to find out the latest apps to use. You would think there would be some great resources for staying current on these, and get on a mailing list even?

I hope you're safe and well, dear, and that you have a good week.

Chidimma
Jun 17
Jun 17

Hello Dear Tiffany. Hope your doing fine. Thanks for sharing your story regarding the challenges people with disabilities faced. Is so sad to hear what COVID 19 has caused. I hope and pray that government support more. I hope we all get over COVID 19 soon, healthy and alive.
Is there any Insurance facility to support people faced with disabilities in time of crisis? Just curious.
Stay safe
Best regards

Tiffany Brar
Jul 17
Jul 17

Hey Chid,
Covid 19 has created drastic changes in the life of disabled people.
Still, we will come out of it.
Thanks for ur comments.

Chi8629
Jun 18
Jun 18

Thanks for sharing .
Please stay safe out there.

Tiffany Brar
Jul 17
Jul 17

You too.
Stay safe and well.
Thanks

Hello, Tiffany,

It is so great to be reading an update from you. This pandemic is truly hard on everyone, but more on you and the blind community, dear. How strong you are to be able to manage your daily responsibilities despite this uncertain challenge. Recovering financially after 2-3 years is another issue to face.

You got this, sister! I am so glad there are support systems that assist you, but it's true, you need more help. We stand with you. Please stay safe always! Sending you my hugs, dear. Praying for strength in each day.

Tiffany Brar
Jul 17
Jul 17

Dear Karen,
Thanks for your supporting words.
God bless
Take care

Busayo Obisakin
Jun 19
Jun 19

Dear Tiffany,
How are you doing with your family, Thank you so much for sharing the struggles of the blind at this time of pandemic. It is so encouraging that the government are assisting the blind and the health workers too. Please continue to stay safe with your family
Love
Busayo

Tiffany Brar
Jul 17
Jul 17

Dear Busayo,
Thanks for your words.
Yes, we get a lot of support from all sides of government that gives us hope.
Take care

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls

I work with some amazing women with disabilities activists including those with visual impairment and your message resonates with sisters here in the Pacific region! In solidarity

Tiffany Brar
Jul 17
Jul 17

Dear Sharon,
Happy to know that you are assisted with visual impairment people.
God bless for you wonderful work.
Stay safe.

Tamarack Verrall
Jun 20
Jun 20

Dear Tiffany,
Your post is such an important reminder that we need to press our governments to address and resolve the extra problems faced by people with disabilities. You post raises awareness of the very different experiences that people without vision have to deal with daily, and so much more so with the current covid pandemic. My heart goes out to those who are experiencing such isolation. Your work is so important.
Love in sisterhood,
Tam

Tiffany Brar
Jul 17
Jul 17

Hey Tam,
Yes, you are right.
We have to make our government to understand the needs of disabled people in terms of access and other services.
Stay safe and healthy.
Thanks so much

maeann
Jun 20
Jun 20

Tiffany Hi, It's very encouraging to read a write up like this, thanking the government on the service they are providing in your community during this pandemic especially to people with disabilities. Thank you for sharing.

Tiffany Brar
Jul 17
Jul 17

Hi
Happy to see your comments after a long time.
Yes, we are hugely supported by our government in all aspects.
Take care and be safe.

Bakhita.Atit
Jun 21
Jun 21

Hello Tiffany
Hope you are doing ok. I Can't stop admiring your bravery. You can never feel the story until you hear it from the actual owner. Thanks for sharing this heartfelt story in concern to the people with disabilities. Stay Safe.

Tiffany Brar
Jul 17
Jul 17

Hey
Ya, you are right.
Experience is the true teacher.
Stay safe and well.
God bless

Anita Shrestha
Jun 22
Jun 22

Thank you very much for sharing

Tiffany Brar
Jul 17
Jul 17

Hey Anita,
Thanks so much for your words.
Take care

Julie Desai
Jun 23
Jun 23

Thanks for sharing

Tiffany Brar
Jul 17
Jul 17

Hi Julie
Thanks for your comments.
Stay safe and healthy.
Take care.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Dear Tiffany,
Thank you for sharing your challenges and difficulties that you are facing due to Covid19. It is encouraging though that you are receiving government support. Technology has been an issue for many countries but we should not give up on lobbying because it is our only hope.
With everything now going virtual we need to aevocate for inclusiveness of people with disabilities so that they too can be engaged in discussions and way forward.
Thank you once again and stay blessed and safe.

Tiffany Brar
Jul 17
Jul 17

Dear Anita,
Thanks for your strong and supportive comments.
We strive for access technology because that is the only way through which inclusion is possible.
Thanks so much.

Reema Cardoza
Jun 25
Jun 25

hi Tiffany,

Being a visually impaired person myself, i agree with you and my heart goes for those VI people who travel alone by public transport to reach their work places.

Tiffany Brar
Jul 17
Jul 17

Hey Reema,
Social distancing has created a lot of changes in the life of disabled people.
Thanks for your support.
Take care.

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Jul 17
Jul 17

Dear Tiffany
My dear sister,I feel you deep in my heart because I a woman with disability. We face the same situation in Cameroon and our government is not implementing policies for the respect of rights of persons with disabilities.Thanks for your write-up for it has made to understand I do not go through this challenge alone.
Keep up the courage and God bless you
In Sisterhood
Veronica Ngum
Cameroon

Mohinder NGO Founder

Dear Tiffany, thank you for sharing your insightful piece on COVID 19 from the perspective of blind people, something most of us do not think about often enough. I am putting together a report on the impact COVID 19 is having on girls and women who are amongst the most vulnerable and marginalised. It is to help in our advocacy efforts to ensure that women and girls including those with disabilities are placed at the centre of post COVID 19 recovery plans. If you agree, I would like to include your story in my report. Could you contact me please at my NGO address: Mohinder Watson, Founder Action on Child Early and Forced Marriage. Email: [email protected]
Many thanks.