New Ways of Thinking and Revolutionary Common Sense
Beyond Tunnel Vision
How many of us—parents, teachers, service providers, and others—see a person primarily through the lens of the disability? In doing so, we may literally be unable to see anything beyond the diagnosis . . .
Tunnel vision: we all have it—to one degree or another and in one area or another. And when we recognize we have it, we can then work to eliminate it! I discovered it in myself recently, and it was an eye-opening revelation.
While spending time with my 81-year-old mother, I went shopping for some things she needed. (She was recovering from a broken hip.) On the shopping list was a lampshade for a “near-antique” lamp. The base of the lamp was a horse (probably made of bronze with that greenish tint common to aged metal). It was in my mom’s study, which included a large Oriental carpet of red and white, with a little gold and green. The lampshade was in good shape, but it was solid black, which didn’t allow much light. Thus, in my mind, a white or beige shade would be better. Off I went to the store, where I was able to quickly find the right-sized lampshade from all the light-colored shades on display. Wow—that was easy!
My joy was short-lived, for when I returned to my mom’s with the lampshade, I found it wouldn’t work. Click here to continue.