Inquiry Blog #2 – What are the impacts of being born blind compared to losing sight later on in life?

Hello everyone! 

My inquiry question is: What are the impacts of being born blind compared to losing sight later on in life?

My first round of research will consist of researching the impacts of being born blind. I will look into the physical and the emotional impacts as this will help me see the various impacts and will help me compare it to people who lose sight later in life. For those who lose sight later in life, there will be a lot of changes for them and a lot of emotions they will probably go through from once being able to see to not being able to see the things they used to which will be a very large change compared to those who have never been able to see in the first place.

 For my second round of research, I will look into the impacts of losing sight later in life and the physical and emotional impacts. This will help me look at various impacts and will be able to have more to compare with for those who are born blind. 

Lastly, on my third round of research I will look into the different learning styles in both those who are born blind and for those who lose sight later in life. As well as the discriminations they are faced with for their disability (ableism). This will help as these are some of the other impacts that can answer part of my question. 

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Implications to other individuals/or my community:

This will have implications on people in the community as this may help others who are not blind understand how people cope with their disability, whether it is emotionally and/or physically. As well as the few different ways they learn certain things. This will also show how people take many things for granted and are not so understanding towards the disabled (handicapped). 


6 Replies to “Inquiry Blog #2 – What are the impacts of being born blind compared to losing sight later on in life?”

  1. Dear Karina,

    You have a very intriguing, thought-provoking question! It is actually one I had not thought about before, as well. As your inquiry project is more fact-based and statistic-backed, I believe research papers will further help you find an answer to your question. Wonderful work on the exploratory question, and so, just as I am, I am sure the Butterfly Effect & Social Responsibility students are intrigued to learn more!

  2. Hi Karina,

    Your question is something I’ve never really thought about. What immediately comes to mind for me is how people who were born blind don’t know what they’re missing while the people who lost their sight know what they can’t have anymore. Also, it reminds me of people born without hearing to those who lost it later in life. It’s interesting how it’s harder for people who never had hearing to speak but for those who lost their hearing, it’s more natural. Although, there are some other things people have to learn that people who were born deaf are used to. For example, brail and sign language are two things that are learned young for a person who was born deaf. To compare this to your question, I think that there are going to be hardships for both groups and they can only be compared and not tiered. My suggestion to you would be to ask some more sub-questions. For example, in your first round, you’re going to dive into being born blind. You could ask something along the lines of “how is the family impacted.”

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    Good luck!

    -Shieva Mokhtarnameh

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