What I want you to know about parenting a child who is blind.

What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest post was submitted by Nikki.

My daughter is completely blind. She has no vision. No light perception. Nothing. And it doesn’t make her any less valuable, any less intelligent, any less beautiful, or any less perfect.

My daughter was born in India and abandoned at birth when her birth family saw that she had a condition called anophthalmia, meaning that her eyeballs never formed. Not only in India, but around the world, blindness is viewed as something scary. People who are accustomed to life with sight can’t imagine navigating through the world without it, and therefore pity those who do so.

My daughter doesn’t need your pity.

I want you to know that my daughter is so much more than her blindness. She is sweet. She is sensitive. She cries easily when her feelings are hurt and she laughs just as easily, especially when you tickle her ears! She loves singing Here I Am To Worship. She loves singing pretty much any song!

As we approach the finalization of her adoption, I hope to surround my daughter with people who think she is capable of doing anything that she puts her mind to! Because she is!

My daughter is completely blind. She has no vision. No light perception. Nothing. And it doesn’t make her any less valuable, any less intelligent, any less beautiful, or any less perfect.


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