Self-respect vs. Paternalism

One of the themes running through this summer’s conference will be the importance of self-respect, of deriving pride and self-confidence from seeing yourself accomplish something that you know was not easy versus the detrimental effects of paternalism.

Remember the old attitude toward women, “Don’t worry your pretty little head, we’ll take care of you.”  Well, that paternalistic attitude can often be found today toward First Nations people and toward people with disabilities such as blindness.  Three impressive and accomplished blind individuals will tackle head on the need to encourage empowerment and accomplishment rather than custodial care and low-level training.

On Friday, July 25th Daniel KishShawn Marsolais and Lindsay Yazzolino will discuss ways to empower blind individuals from:
training them in echolocation (Daniel Kish)

Daniel Kish teaches a group how to navigate nature trails.

Daniel Kish teaches a group how to navigate nature trails.

Daniel Kish teaches  a child about echolocation using a piece of plexiglass to reflect sound.

Daniel Kish teaches a child about echolocation using a piece of plexiglass to reflect sound.

to fostering the right attitude for facing challenges (Shawn Marsolais)

A blind marathoner roses the finish line of the California International Marathon.

A blind marathoner roses the finish line of the California International Marathon.

Viviane Forest, who has just 4% vision, chases her guide down a slalom course in Sestrieres, Italy.

Viviane Forest, who has just 4% vision, chases her guide down a slalom course in Sestrieres, Italy.

to enabling full participation in science education by adapting materials, courses and technologies (Lindsay Yazzolino.)

A young Lindsay Yazzolino using lab equipment.

A young Lindsay Yazzolino using lab equipment.

Lindsay Yazzolino laughing in front of a laptop.

Lindsay Yazzolino laughing in front of a laptop.

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CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS in over 20 professional fields
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