A TSA Agent Yelled At Me Because I’m Blind…

14 Apr 2020
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I'm Molly, a typical sushi, makeup, and fashion loving millennial girl who just so happens to be blind! I was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at just 4 years old and began public speaking at age 5. I started just doing motivational speaking, but now I make videos and even model! Even though I can’t see, I know that there are bright spots in everything we face. Let’s find them together. 💕

  • Communication is SO important and people often forget that a lot of communication is non-verbal, which often means it's visual. For blind people like me, visual communication just isn't an option. Please remember when you're interacting with people around you to be kind and compassionate. You can't always tell what someone is going through or see that they have a disability just by looking at them. Have you ever had a negative experience with a TSA agent at the airport?

    Molly BurkeMolly BurkeVor 9 Monate
    • @Rachel Nygaard Not all US TSA agents are arrogant and abusive. However, TSA agents view themselves as the protectors of the nation, and usually view everyone else as the enemy. Short of causing serious injury, they can do anything they want without any objective reason and without consequences. It takes decent people a while to understand that many of their co-workers are arrogant abusive people, and it can take time to become qualified for a different profession, so you will sometimes encounter decent TSA people. Many who enjoy the freedom to abuse without consequences stay in the organization long enough to be promoted, and as supervisors they maintain the culture of abuse. Of course this is not all supervisors, but that is the direction of the social pressure. This happens in all authoritarian organizations that don't have consequences for abuse or violence.

      Mark EdwardsMark EdwardsVor 5 Tage
    • @Susan Fudge To be fair, it WAS post 9/11. This trip was TO Washington D. C. flying across the country from the West Coast in July 2002, so they were just starting more security checks at airports when this happened.

      Allison HunterAllison HunterVor 2 Monate
    • @Maggie Fluffy She was just trying to make you feel better.

      Allison HunterAllison HunterVor 2 Monate
    • @fluffy kitty She lost her sight as a teenager, and can see some lights, shadows, and colors. Its all explained in another video she made a while back.

      Allison HunterAllison HunterVor 2 Monate
    • @Zucchini Bread Being blind doesn't affect her ability to feel temperatures.

      Allison HunterAllison HunterVor 2 Monate
  • What noone got fired

    A DeandA DeandVor 5 Stunden
  • Politely aproach TSA officers as if their stupid. I've always found it to be a good time of thumb.

    Slack HackmanSlack HackmanVor 8 Stunden
  • TSA seriously needs to read up on The American Disabilities Act and the laws that apply to it. This is yet another example of why TSA needs to be well trained and not village idiots on on the job.

    Dalton LightfootDalton LightfootVor 10 Stunden
  • I do not know why googles algorithm suggested your video but I am very glad it did, you are an exceptionally beautifyl woman and have deeply expressive mannerisms! It is probably best that I had not been there when you went through that or i might have done something really really bad to that tyrant lol. not sure if you will ever read this but thats ok

    Mark ManningMark ManningVor 18 Stunden
  • A TSA agent is a nightmare, body touching abuser.

    JT jimtnzJT jimtnzVor 20 Stunden
  • "You're blind drunk" "No, I'm blind" "Blind drunk, got it"

    Nat LegendNat LegendVor 20 Stunden
  • I like this lady. She should be my companion we would get on magnificently.

    Tom TuckerTom TuckerVor 23 Stunden
  • Sorry, I don't agree with you being wronged. Your attitude (starting at about 2:30) is wrong. The TSA agent is in charge not you.

    Dan FroloDan FroloVor Tag
  • Dark glasses and even a white cane might help protect you from assault in airports and places with dumb security staff, like the TSA and most cops. I know it sucks and it's like wearing a big sign that says I'm blind, but it also will ensure people grant you more personal space. Swing a cane in front of you as you parade through the airport and people will clear out of your way.

    Matty88KMatty88KVor Tag
  • Thats because they hire anyone off the street

    Jerry MaynardJerry MaynardVor Tag
  • LA is Way Overpriced! Even Tent City is Unaffordable!

    Sgary DecentSgary DecentVor Tag
  • I don't find this story to be that unusual. You do have the most useless people in the world doing the most useless job in the world to begin with. because it is such a useless job they don't really hire very good people with very good people skills.

    Tom C.Tom C.Vor 2 Tage
  • Not surprised. They literally pulled the walker out of my Mom's hands after she told them she will fall if she lets it go. Plus, anyone who saw her walk could obviously see that she had a walking disability. This was after they told her to walk through a metal detector with a metal walker!!!!! My Mom was so patient while giving us the face saying "don't you dare" while the rest of my family were using everything we had to not intervene.

    Taryn Miller-BellTaryn Miller-BellVor 2 Tage
  • I'm so sorry that you had to go through those situations, I work in the hospitality industry and we go through training on these kinds of situations but still I appreciate what you're saying about the language we use so thank you for that it is very helpful!

    Rob HarrisRob HarrisVor 2 Tage
  • They do say that if you give some people a a bit of power all reason flies out of the window. Bad bad people skills. I hope they threw the book at her.

    Teresa CooperTeresa CooperVor 2 Tage
  • your really cool. disabled myself

    Dr. william lynchDr. william lynchVor 2 Tage
  • The TSA should be shut down. I'm from the UK so I don't have to suffer these "little Hitlers" very often but try going through when you have more than twenty steel bars and plates. I always allow an extra 2 hours for them to work out that surgury is a thing.

    Philip JessopPhilip JessopVor 2 Tage
  • TSA troubled stupid agent.No brains at all.

    Scott PrestonScott PrestonVor 2 Tage
  • Hi I love your Channel I’m dyslexic do you know what dyslexia is??

    Issy GattiIssy GattiVor 2 Tage
  • Good lesson for everyone.

    Penny RainerPenny RainerVor 3 Tage
  • TSA agents are picked from the group that fail the psych test to be state executioners.

    a man of many partsa man of many partsVor 3 Tage
  • I hope you reported that agent and followed through with getting them in trouble

    Bad AndyBad AndyVor 3 Tage
  • The story you are telling is the reason why after more that 60 years of traveling in the USA from my home in Canada that I will never spend another second of my time or another cent of my hard earned money coming to a country that treats people the way the brain died slugs called TSA agents or even your border guards, I now understand why America is so hated by the world!

    Greg PennyGreg PennyVor 3 Tage
  • there is a youtuber who does interviews with blind people and how they do their jobs or whatever the topic is for that person becuase he is also blind and is raising awareness after protesting and had people rip his signs out of his hands and the cops even stood there and didnt care. it was crazy. but if you are interested in talking with him, he is the youtube channel blind justice

    Stephanie LondonStephanie LondonVor 3 Tage
  • Really interesting video. I am so sorry for Them misstreating you like that. I have worked with deaf-blind adults heter in Sweden and i know how ignorent most People are about what a blind person have problems with in everyday life. Keep you Spirits soaring!

    AnnaMaria AdielssonAnnaMaria AdielssonVor 3 Tage
  • Imagine a homeless french fry stuff with power.... Don't have to.. you gotmthis.

    hillary clintonhillary clintonVor 3 Tage
  • I hope you sued the airport.

    DNAFriendlyFireDNAFriendlyFireVor 3 Tage
  • disband the tsa and hire real airport cops.

    David DickeyDavid DickeyVor 4 Tage
  • I'm hoping you have an assistive technology to be able to be read and respond to comments. As a veteran and having been deployed twice during my service I've been on a lot of military and commercial flights. When I dealt with TSA while in uniform, there were a few times I had to inform them of the policy that soldiers in uniform and traveling on orders dont have to remove their boots. You have to be vers direct with them when you need to be, and appeal to their subconscious when they understand the situation or when it's a seemingly normal encounter. I'm a disabled veteran and sometimes I'm not the fastest, so letting someone go by me tends to catch a lot of people off guard. Everyone besides me is in a rush or has no time to even have a little small talk or try to get a laugh. When you can make someone laugh, in most cases they will instantly place you into a higher moral standing in their mind and be more patient and friendly with you. It disarms people in a way that they dont even know you're doing it. Even simple conversation can have the same effect.

    Deathbomb9Deathbomb9Vor 4 Tage
  • If the TSA agent had a basic respect for another human being whether you are blind or not should make no difference. Lack of respect for others is one of the main ailments in this country.

    Jerry NealJerry NealVor 4 Tage
  • I wouldn't have been so pleasant

    Gary SchoonmakerGary SchoonmakerVor 5 Tage
  • I have mild Cerebral Palsy I definitely see everything and I hear perfectly sometimes, I don’t have issues with any experience to go to the airport or the nightclub etc. I’m so lucky with my disability. People nowadays treat me kindly.

    the impastathe impastaVor 5 Tage
  • While traveling to Disney World out of Boston, my 4 year old deaf son who wears a hearing aid in each ear, was flagged for in person screening because he was on a terrorist watch list. As they were taking him to a private room, my wife and I started to follow and they told us we could not. Luckily, my son was used to being around adults intruding on his space because of significant medical issues and we quickly signed to him that it was okay, just go and we would be there in a minute. How did we know we would be their in a minute. When they started to question him and he started signing at them they realized how stupid they were. No apology but after 20-30 minutes we were allowed to go. He and I were fine (I was pissed), my wife and daughter were scared to death and feared going back to the airport to go home.

    SittingInDetroitSittingInDetroitVor 6 Tage
  • I worked for a private security company 20 years ago (pre-TSA) at the airport in San Antonio. We would never have treated Molly that way. The guide dog would've been the first thing we would've noticed. 2nd, if she is being wheeled in, she would not have been run through the magnetometer. She would've been given a pat down and handheld magnetometer. Same with the guide dog. The agent and the supervisor would be history if that had happened at my post. Major ADA violations.

    Mark MayfieldMark MayfieldVor 7 Tage
  • You are making good eye contact with the camera...... blind?

    Mel BennettMel BennettVor 8 Tage
  • Give small-minded people a little bit of power and they abuse it, all the time. TSA has zero compassion for people with any physical issue, whether permanent or temporary. Sure, they get people who push back against the arbitrary rules they impose. But that is not a reason to not listen. I hope you filed a complaint with TSA online, since the so called supervisor wouldn't do his job. Security guards at nightspots, or bouncers, I won't even start. Stay well, stay safe.

    Michael GowerMichael GowerVor 8 Tage
  • That's the problem with airports they don't take the time out to properly train two handled different situations they need to rewrite the manual over but some of them are heartless they think they're doing their job but actually they're hurting the person in more ways than one

    James FlanaganJames FlanaganVor 8 Tage
  • Ten minutes to say something that could have been said in one.

    Ian GarthwaiteIan GarthwaiteVor 8 Tage
  • I've worked club and bar security im sorry you went through that. Further my best friends son (like a nephew to me) is legally blind he can see some things but has recently started using a cane which has helped him immensely. While I dont have a personal frame of reference for the path you travel I admire the apparent poise with which you go about it.

    Darren WaldowDarren WaldowVor 8 Tage
  • Thank you so much for sharing this. As a sighted person, the concept of visual language "that, there, etc" wouldn't have occurred to me as something to consider. Thanks for the insight! (No pun intended)

    JeanJeanVor 9 Tage
  • Government 'employees' even think Apologizing for being in a bad mood or flat out incompetence settles things. Once, MAYBE, but after that its willful and quite probably maliciousness on a broad scale and evident in all of 'our' government "Departments of" ! I'd get FIRED for not knowing how to do my job. PERIOD.

    Terry RusselTerry RusselVor 10 Tage
  • I wish people thought more about people who have disabilities. It sucks that things like this happen. I feel bad for Molly and that tsa lady deserved something to actually happen because if she treated Molly this way, I can't imagine how many other times something similar happened to others.

    Speed Art Gamer GirlSpeed Art Gamer GirlVor 10 Tage
  • TSA Agents are in sore need of training, more strict supervision. Because I was traveling a lot, my plane tickets were purchased last minute, by other people. I guess it flagged me as a risk somehow? I was being strip searched every time I had to go through security on a departing flight. I decided to have some fun with it!!! I bought some Hello Kitty panties & matching Hello kitty bra. I safety pinned little jingle bells to the bra, use your imagination, lol. When I went through security I knew the drill. 2 agents would make eye contact with each other. The female agent would ask me to go with her to an "interview room". I had to strip down to my undies. I think I made her day! she could not stop laughing! Bye Bye Kitty!

    Brenda BBrenda BVor 10 Tage
  • Can I ask, why you move your eyes so much? Do you see bright and dark? Ore are you just doing it?

    TITAN GamesTITAN GamesVor 11 Tage
  • Same thing happened to me in Las Vegas airport

    R CR CVor 11 Tage
  • It is an interesting story. It can help others to be aware that not all of us 'look' disabled. I'm waiting my turn to have someone come up to me and tell me I don't 'look' disabled. I think I'm going to ask them if they are diagnosing me. If so, then they are practicing medicine without a license. ;)

    Ragdoll LibbyRagdoll LibbyVor 11 Tage
  • Thanks for this Molly because what happen to you REALLY pisses me off, these people don't know JACK SHIT about blindness apparently, which is why I bring my CANE everywhere.....it's common sense ....USE YOUR CANE!!!! .....but that man gesturing I would've been straining with "raise how high?" this is why I don't go to clubs cuz I fear this happening to me, but when you said how he treated your friend that was guiding you my brain was like "what the actual fuck?" guiding someone who is VISUALLY IMPAIRED is different than guiding a DRUNK PERSON!!!....these people need to be convicted and charged of harassment and abuse, if I where you Molly I would've presued criminal charges against the TSA agent and the club pat down man. That's unacceptable. This is why I bring my white cane all over the place. TO AVOIC SHIT LIKE THIS!!!! You need and deserve decency not dumbass TSA and BS gesturing club manager ....WTF? you don't deserve any of this harassment crap.

    Melissa's WorldMelissa's WorldVor 11 Tage
  • The way they treated you was so wrong

    Jennifer And bamaJennifer And bamaVor 11 Tage
  • I'm wondering if after you rmother got through the scanner if either of you turned to that TSA agent and said "I'M BLIND'. I would be interested to hear what happened next if you did that.....

    kcandedkcandedVor 11 Tage
  • oh wow i’m fuming. i would’ve yelled at her

    autumn spiritautumn spiritVor 12 Tage
  • TSA agents are just like most cop's they think that they are better then anyone else but to me the way that they treat people they are lower the the dirt we walk on

    John KelleyJohn KelleyVor 12 Tage
  • Put a blindfold on all the TSA and make them go for a week not being able to see and I bet their attitude will change really fast

    John KelleyJohn KelleyVor 12 Tage
  • Yes, some those people are dumb!

    Q.S. LeeQ.S. LeeVor 13 Tage
  • My husband (who worked security at a night club for 10 years): "WHO THE F*** ONLY USES GESTURES IN THAT ENVIRONMENT?!?!" He proceeded to vent to me about it for another 15 minutes. I know this is an older post, but so sorry that you had to deal with this Molly!

    JavPro13JavPro13Vor 13 Tage
  • These fools are the lowest in the scale of law enforcement wannabes. My mother uses a wheelchair and was always paranoid about missing her flight. She told me that 'security picks on her' and I was convinced she was exaggerating. After traveling with my poor mom a few times, I am convinced she is right. They roll their eyes and look at each other like 'you just ruined our perfect routine'. They tell us that my mom needs a special patting procedure and have her wait for one hour on the side before she can leave. I am so sorry that I did not believe my mom. But three out of three times is 100% of the times I traveled with her and same junk. Of course, like everything else, the American with Disabilities Act applies to your business, to your employer, but it does not apply to the federal employees in charge of our security. Too many of them are rude losers than get a high from saying that they work on law enforcement while they check luggage just like airline employees used to do it before 911. It takes no vocation to do that and we chose to give a uniform to these people.

    delgadojc2delgadojc2Vor 13 Tage
  • You have such a positive personality!

    K DK DVor 14 Tage
  • I fly a couple times a month and I use a mobility scooter (I have arthritis). Most of the time the TSA agents DON'T KNOW that they cannot bring my scooter into the secure area- I have to drive it in, then walk back out and go through the scanner. I'm not as concerned that they don't know as I am that they will not listen to me when I tell them. If you don't do it their way- even when you know they are telling you to do it wrong- you are a trouble maker and will be at risk of not being able to fly. I have had sooo many bad experiences going through security because of rude TSA agents that have left me in tears. Signing up for the known traveler program (TSA precheck) has helped tremendously, even at airports where I usually have rough time. They simply treat you better.

    HoldenwhatHoldenwhatVor 14 Tage
  • High school dropouts with a little bit of perceived power.

    The ContinentalThe ContinentalVor 15 Tage
  • Wow, you are such a positive person. I would like to be but I find it exhausting... anyway Gallop is a beautiful dog and your mom sounds like a terrific person. I certainly know your frustration my mom is the queen of pronouns; hand me that thing over there on top of that, then gets so pissed when you can't read her mind (doh!).

    Joe JamesJoe JamesVor 15 Tage
  • I think what you might not know is people look at you and you don't look blind. What might help is an id or something that let's them know you are blind. Most people are not as smart on common sense as you think they are. They need the visuals like cane, glasses and seeing eye dog. Or, they just don't get it. But, you did a great job of dealing with such a troublesome problem.

    Jo HillJo HillVor 15 Tage
  • TSA people need to be sued!!!!

    Don ClaytonDon ClaytonVor 16 Tage
  • Never apologize to anyone for being blind. Just thank them for their patience while letting them know you are blind. Do NOT apologize for being blind.

    rachel rodriguezrachel rodriguezVor 17 Tage
  • i never ever say this ...that is why lawyers are here... yuk i feel so dirty... i have several patients who have retinosa pigmentosa and people look like they have vision... but that is unconscionable what she did to you... people are so stupid and heartless

    DawnDawnVor 17 Tage
  • All I know Molly from one blind person to another I hope to gosh that woman got reprimanded fired whatever because you know what that is total crap I could say a lot more in expletives but I'm not going to I'm a free speaker but I have to wear my mouth mask when I make comments and that's okay with me but in a nutshell I think she should have been blindfolded and taken right through the same scenario with the same kind of treatment that you got or received being a recipient of that kind of treatment just makes me sick I mean who are they to treat anybody like that what on Earth was she thinking oh wait she didn't want to be there that day she probably since your morning issues you know what I mean and that may have been what she might have been I don't know I I I'm at a loss for words because I have had the very same treatment it's that kind of person I just want to clock punch them out knock them into next week year or month whatever however I'm not a violent person but I certainly will stand up and speak my mind and if I feel intimidated I'm not going to sit down and shut up I'm going to stand up and be as loud obnoxious and just as publicly humiliating as they are being in more cases than not I choose not to confront people but when they intimidate me like that oh no I'm not a bully or because I've been bullied and I'm not a bully unless you bully me first she was bullying you I think I don't know but one but from one blind person to another I am so sorry you have to deal with people like that I won't deal with people like that I make sure everybody knows if I travel what I need what my needs are and they are to make a notation that's all I'm not going to write a book because I talk too much I still hope you're having a good year though so far hope you're having a good New year's start and I'll be watching

    Faith ByrgeFaith ByrgeVor 17 Tage
  • Ugh, I'm so sorry that happened to you! TSA has hassled me so many times, in so many ways, you have my complete sympathy. I have multiple medical conditions that require certain clothing, medications, and that sort of thing. Like you, after several bad experiences, I learned to walk right up and tell them in an apologetic but loud voice "I am going to set off your metal detector, but I assure you I'm harmless. Also please don't x-ray my medicine. I request a manual check." That stopped doing me any good at all, so I just surrendered and let my meds get x-rayed. Why? Because, sadly, even a doctor's note on official letterhead wasn't enough for them. Luckily my meds survived. And then comes the body search. I learned to have fun with this because I'm a small, middle-aged FAT woman who smiles a lot and they kept wanting to treat me like a criminal. Well, I had had about a bazillion people in the room when I was *GIVING BIRTH*, so I have no shame anymore. They wanted to take me to a private location to disrobe, but I didn't need the extra delay. So I just lifted my shirt right there to show them the metal stays in my prescription undergarment. Oh, the horror on all their faces! Oh, the humanity! The other passengers thought it was as funny as I did, so it was worth the mild embarrassment of having to show my underwear to strangers in public. On my next trip, I noticed the screeners had been educated about underwire bras and shapewear at least, because when I went into my spiel about the metal detector they asked "oh, underwire bra?" like it was no big deal. So I just told them "yes, and shapewear" and they just felt up my wires and let me go. I guess no one wanted to see what's under my shirt again!

    Patti FeitPatti FeitVor 18 Tage
  • love watching your videos? how do you do your makeup so well?

    LaurenLaurenVor 19 Tage
  • Good on this girl.

    Rodney Roimata WhangaRodney Roimata WhangaVor 19 Tage
  • The more stories like this that I see or read the less inclined I'm am to visit the US, I have one knee replacement and implants in my spine. Plus I use a wheelchair. I can understand the need for security but the TSA seem to be inhuman

    Nic MurrayNic MurrayVor 19 Tage
  • What is wrong with some people? Do they expect all blind people to be walking stereotypes with dark glasses and a white cane? The way you've been treated just for being blind is disgusting, people need to have more thought and compassion.

    Raccoon TrashPandaRaccoon TrashPandaVor 20 Tage
  • It’s like these people literally are speaking a different language. Not only to you. But like in general because they don’t know what the word “blind” means.

    Alena ConradAlena ConradVor 21 Tag
  • Hi Molly, I just started watching some of your videos. I also had a horrible experience with a security officer in an airport. It was the worst I was ever treated. As far as the nightclubs go, I had my fair share of going to them. Even though I wouldn't use a cane in a nightclub, I still carried one for identification for the same reason that you were just explaining in your video. It's amazing how ignorant people can be.

    Tracey SinkovicTracey SinkovicVor 23 Tage
  • Safety first. I'm glad you use the wheelchairs. I have a blind friend who doesn't like to and struggles when the travels and it's very unsafe for her

    Karim Michelle Negron SantiagoKarim Michelle Negron SantiagoVor 23 Tage
  • They were rude to me bc I couldn't hear them very well, since we now to have to wear masks it's harder for me to hear and I never noticed how bad it had gotten until the masks how much I read lips. I told him 3x I couldn't hear him well, he spoke even lower and not louder. He said louder you arent completely deaf so you can hear me, I was astounded. Another agent next to him said ummm that's ridiculous she cant hear well she told you 3x and you spoke lower when she asked you to speak up, next time be nice and listen and not say rude stuff. He apologized to me for that dude a bunch.

    Keesha ManeyKeesha ManeyVor 24 Tage
  • they are speaking English but not English you understand... I can totally relate... I have ADHD and I'm trying to navigate a CFS investigation and they are using a language I don't understand...its torture...

    ChelsnbabyChelsnbabyVor 24 Tage
  • I am so sorry about that just another reason why dogs are better than humans are Molly. 😇🐶🐕🐺

    Josh FahrneyJosh FahrneyVor 25 Tage
  • She's absolutely beautiful with her blonde hair right now, but personally I think she's looked the most beautiful thats she's ever looked at this time, in this video.

    I'm a potatoI'm a potatoVor 25 Tage
  • my suggestion is this: as the experience you described at an airport happened, i would say to have at least 1 of the people that you travel with to record it so that if it ever happens again, they wont be able to be so absolutely dismissive about it

    Troy MooreTroy MooreVor 26 Tage
  • Your so brave and inspirational. I love your channel and I wish you good luck from now on.

    Thunder BeanThunder BeanVor 27 Tage
  • My dad often had problems with people not believing he was blind. He had a very rare condition where the optic nerves were severed, his eyes worked fine but no messages were getting through to the brain, so he was 100% blind yet had clear bright blue eyes. The only tell was sometimes when he talked to you he got the focusing distance wrong and looked like he was talking to someone behind you.

    Lynne JamesLynne JamesVor 28 Tage
  • Ots five now 😮😮

    Sydney WileySydney WileyVor 28 Tage
  • So sad

    Sydney WileySydney WileyVor 28 Tage
  • Have you ever tried wearing stereotypical blind-person-looking glasses? That might make some of the more dense people realize that regardless of how bright your eyes are, they're not functional.

    The Sisyphean JournalThe Sisyphean JournalVor Monat
  • Not all TSA agents suck but everyone has had a bad run-in with TSA. Their management really needs to get better at training people to accommodate those with disabilities & disciplining those who are ableist (or racist, misogynist, xenophobic etc.)

    Emmy FletcherEmmy FletcherVor Monat
  • Did that mean agent find out that you were blind? How was she at the end of being so mean?

    N LN LVor Monat
  • Tsa and the like is for people who have superiority complexes

    ByrdByrdVor Monat
  • How did Molly and Gallop fit through the body metal scanner thing. That isn’t that wide. At least not wide enough for a big dog and a mid 20 year old

    Maggie FluffyMaggie FluffyVor Monat
  • Although I'm not fully blind or fully deaf I do have a hearing disability and visual disability. It can be so frustrating when you didn't hear something or couldn't catch a word, and the other person gets mad saying I'm not listening! It's true I'm not listening, but it's not of my choice. I'm trying my best. I partially lip read too and when people talk while they're walking away it's completely hopeless. I can't hear them well, nor read their lips. But if I ask them to slow down, they get frustrated. It's incredibly stressful sometimes but the people who are kind, patient and understanding are the people that make it worth it.

    E CE CVor Monat
  • You are like me with stuff. I have to constantly remind my friend I am disabled. You have to show me stuff because of how my brain works too. You can't just tell me do this and that. You have to show me what to do. I have to learn by watching. Math is still a foreign language to me. I have to constantly remind people I need them to show me what you are telling me to do. Cause it is like a foreign language to me otherwise. Yes when they say clean stuff, I can do that no problem. But let's say you want me to do a certain pattern with horseback riding. You have to walk it through for me first, than have me do it by calling it out to me; you can't just tell me where to go just by pointing or not pointing. That's how my disability is. Yes I can see, I can hear but my brain works similarly to yours. It is just my Nonverbal Learning Disability I have due to my Smith Magenis Syndrome. Can you have Nonverbal Learning Disability without Smith Magenis Syndrome?? Yes, though it is rare. Smith Magenis Syndrome can run in families though it doesn't usually run in families. It is a genetic disorder. I have it because of a deletion. I can talk too. I can pronounce words NO problem

    Taylor AllisonTaylor AllisonVor Monat
  • Disturbing how people don't listen

    Blue TigerBlue TigerVor Monat
  • Omg disturbing

    Blue TigerBlue TigerVor Monat
  • Wow, it's easy to see how no one would see you as blind. I mean, you're looking all around the room and look directly into the camera!

    Donna ManningDonna ManningVor Monat
  • It sounds like that TSA person was just a very ignorant power hungry asshole,but that's just my opinion:) Sorry she was such a horrible person to you Molly

    Erin GoodwinErin GoodwinVor Monat
  • People can be mean gosh

    LemonplaysLemonplaysVor Monat
  • I totally get the up front telling people you're blind for these reasons but never start it with "sorry". I worked front desk at an attraction and when people apologise for their/their relatives disability (eg when asking to borrow a wheelchair) I always tell them no need to apologise, this is just the routine for their life. LPT: Try to avoid saying sorry unnecessarily in any aspect; it makes people see the negative side before an interaction even begins so instead of "Sorry I'm 2 minutes late" say "Thank you for waiting"

    KutanraKutanraVor Monat
  • Well for us when it was lockdown al we had was sun but when it wasn’t rain, rain and more rain

    Lyssie BarnesLyssie BarnesVor Monat
  • Once I was in an airport and we were going through security, before we could get to security I ended up pretty much fainting in the line. So I was taken out and put in a wheelchair. Keep in mind this entire time I pretty much can’t do anything but put my head down and cry. I really couldn’t see much of anything due to the lack of blood flow to my brain. So after they get me into a wheelchair my dad takes me through security and I’m clearly laying in this thing completely limp with my head down. The TSA was insisting that I walk through and I honestly didn’t even really remember that part my dad told me. Obviously that didn’t happen because the moment my dad picked me up I was completely limp. At that point my dad had to carry me through. I’m then sat in a chair and the woman asks “are you okay?” Because apparently I looked okay enough to walk before.... I’ve had another experience with a security person, not sure where. I’m getting up into line in my wheelchair and I’m talking to my mom a bit and smiling clearly looking fine. (Honestly most people don’t even think I need a wheelchair) we finally get up to the security to be scanned and the lady looks at me and I’m bout ready to speak and then looks at my mom and asks “can she speak?” I felt so offended. I’m sorry but how does being in a wheelchair translate to not being able to speak???? Even if I wasn’t verbal it is still rude to talk to my mom instead of me. I’m sorry but I talk to non verbal people like normal and if someone ends up speaking for them then that’s fine but my questions will be directed to them if it involves them. I wish people weren’t so cruel about disabilities. I have found it extremely hard to meet nice people who don’t look at me like a disease or a liar. I love that you help people to see disability in a different light. At any point I’d love to help out if ever needed. I don’t want to cry because someone can’t take me seriously or treat me like a human being.

    SuperYellowcatsSuperYellowcatsVor Monat
  • This is what happens when you give the dregs of society power and a uniform.

    Greg CulverwellGreg CulverwellVor Monat
  • I was late for a plane once because my pet foster care had stood me up. The staff at the airport tagged me and allowed me to take the express route. The TSA agent stopped me and said why are you late? Why do others get there so early? On what privilege do you enjoy? Everybody's waiting. You can do this? Then he wasted a few minutes teaching me to be under all the eyes. WTF???? Who are you? Vancouver Airport. Please stop hiring such people.

    LEO LiuLEO LiuVor Monat
  • I wear shirts i bought from the blind life or live accessible. If they are illiterate it's on them

    Living With Low VisionLiving With Low VisionVor 2 Monate