Yesterday I had to give a short work talk (part of a briefing on a new course we are running).
This was the first time I had appeared before an audience since the event that caused my vision loss.
I was a bit nervous. I didn’t prepare any PowerPoint slides, perhaps because I was afraid of making mistakes, and also because I might have had trouble reading them myself.
I decided to begin by “outing” myself as sight impaired, partially because I wanted people to understand why I had no slides, unlike the other speakers.
So I began by saying that I’d recently lost half my vision and was now a visually impaired tutor.
I felt a little worried. Was this too dramatic? Was it too “In your face”? Would it embarrass people? But my colleagues have to know some time, and I want to help people to understand disability better.
I think I did the right thing, and the talk seemed to go well, so I felt relieved.