Unable to see, but her vision is clear - Tracy Ann Logan's Testimony (Pt 2)
Last week we introduced you to Tracy Ann Logan, the woman who seemingly lost a lot after going blind, but is looking forward to making the lives of those with disabilities, particularly the blind, better.
It was no easy task for her getting used to not being as mobile as she once was or overcoming paralysis, but she was persistent.
"I didn't want to disrupt anybody's life, and so I decided to come to Mandeville at the family house. When I came here I could only move from the waist down. I couldn't hold a cup, but I worked at it and my exercises were just to stand and sit."
Until she slowly became fully functional and learnt to tend to her everyday needs.
"I sweep the floor, clean the windows, wash the dishes, hand-wash clothes, fix up my garden. I go to Mandeville now, go to the supermarket, go to the market, go to the banks with or without company. The taxi driver will know where to leave me and look out for me, but I help myself."
Much like Logan with good family and friend support, many individuals who are blind, though happy for the help, want to maintain their independence.
"Sometimes when I go to do business, I can write but I don't have a signature anymore, because it is just not consistent. Others want a mark, but initially my dexterity was poor, so they say the 'X' doesn't look like an 'X' anymore it looks like a 'T'. Then you have others who don't want the mark, won't accept the name, but will do thumb prints, and you still have some that don't accept thumb prints, because they have nothing to verify it."
Make business easier
Logan said something needs to be put in place to standardise the ease of doing business and more respect needs to be shown to the disabled.
"I do all my business myself, and let's say I go into a business place and whoever is accompanying me is immediately asked to come into the room with me as well without my consent. Then, another thing is you will hand the employee of the business place a document and they will hand it back to the person accompanying you and I find that very disrespectful."
Logan said she would love to have machines for the blind in ATM slots that speak and can accommodate those who are not as versed in Braille.
She added that persons with disability also need to be made aware of all the places they can contact that can try to help them.
"You have the Compassionate Fund, The Blind Society, The Council for Disability, among others.
"I can definitely see where good has come out of my situation. Based on other people's reaction and based on how I live my life, people have chosen to live theirs differently. They don't groan about the simple things and they have this go-getting personality."
She further added, "This is not a death sentence. I still have my life goals and that is to have a certified organic farm and a certified organic green grocery, and play an integral role in getting persons with disabilities more independent and confident in doing their own business."
Logan said it is her intention to lobby the government to have persons with disabilities be gainfully employed and be business owners, who like persons in other countries, will receive concessions.