Mother uses social networking and technology to fight stigma

Technology is constantly changing the world we live in. In the video below, one mother describes how she has found ways of using social media and technology to break down social stigma around blindness.

Jessie Lorenz says that her young daughter, Jean “is growing up in a world that gives her messages that blindness is not a good thing, or blind people are limited in some way.” Lorenz, also the Executive Director of the Independent Living Resource Center in San Francisco, demonstrates every day to her daughter that people with disabilities are not confined by societal views.

Lorenz highlights Facebook, a free platform, which she accesses in tandem with assistive technology such as her smart phone and a braille reader board. She has used Facebook to connect with other parents who are blind and to create a supportive ‘village’ for herself and for Jean, as she works at parenting her daughter in ways that challenge stigmas about blindness.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.