Blindness and Deafness
The sensory disabilities of hearing and vision loss can limit human
functioning. Yet many individuals, who have these impairments, lead
highly satisfactory lives and are able to adapt to and meet the demands
of daily living. Helen Keller, both blind and deaf, reflected on her
condition by saying, “Blindness separates us from things, but deafness
separates us from people.” Consider her statement and decide to what
extent you agree or disagree? How does blindness and deafness impact
the lived experience of individuals? If you were in a position to choose
one disability over the other, which would you choose and why?
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 4 your position on whether or not you
agree with Helen Keller’s statement. Then explain whether blindness or
deafness is more advantageous or limiting as a disability and explain
why. Support your postings and responses with specific references to
the literature and Learning Resources.
- Breedlove, S. M., & Watson, N. V. (2018). Behavioral neuroscience (8th ed.) New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
- Chapter 9, “Hearing, Vestibular Perception, Taste, and Smell”
- Chapter 10, “Vision: From Eye to Brain”
- James, T. W., Culham, J., Humphrey, G. K., Milner, A.D., &
Goodale, M. A. (2003). Ventral occipital lesions impair object
recognition but not object-directed grasping: an fMRI study. Brain, 126(Pt 11), 2463–75. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14506065