Telling about something that you do not really know: blind people are talking about vision!

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Koca-Atabey M., ÖZ B.

DISABILITY & SOCIETY, vol.32, no.10, pp.1656-1660, 2017 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Editorial Material
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/09687599.2017.1345210
  • Journal Name: DISABILITY & SOCIETY
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1656-1660
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In Turkey, the laws which define disability have become increasingly harsh, and require disabled people to be assessed in order to determine how disabled' they are. For blind people, as for other disabled people, these assessments have real consequences. This article aims to discuss an appealing piece that arose during a project, which has bearing on how disabled people tend to answer these questions. The participants are legally blind adults. We, as sighted researchers, asked totally blind individuals to describe their vision. Interestingly, they all answered this question without hesitation. The paradoxical nature of this question was only realized during the analysis. We requested the participants to talk about something they do not really know. This might be a reflection of our over-visualized world and might be due to our subtle prejudices. This type of questioning not only has implications for research, but also for assessments of disability in Turkey.