About

My name is Marlon Parieaho and I’ve been legally blind for the past few years. There are lots of things that the average joe believes a blind person is incapable of doing. These include, but are not limited to:

1. Walking on the side walk.
2. Knowing your present location.
3. Knowing where you’re going.
4. Paying a utility bill.
5. Child care and childbirth.
6. Intercourse.
7. Basic hygiene.
8. Enjoying a movie.
9. Playing a board game.
10. Removing a straw from the paper wrapping.
11. Spelling the word ‘etcetera”, etc.

But there are those who are open minded, and do not have a problem admitting ignorance, and are willing to be educated. Before going blind, I enjoyed art, video games, movies, sketching and doing my job at a governmental ministry. Nothing much has changed though, I just do those things differently.

I believe that everything and everyone has a purpose and that God never gives you more than you can bear. The purpose for this project is to increase awareness of the challenges, accomplishments, and generally the life of the blind and to disprove myths, to inform both the blind and the sighted about the different options in technology, and tutorials on how to use them.

This page will be focused on issues relating to blind awareness and the positives and negatives of living in the dark.

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17 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hello Marlon,
    I’ve only just come across your blog, and I really do enjoy reading it.

    Here in Canada we stand in line much like you do in T&T, and most elsewhere in the world.

    I do have to say, when my family and I went to Disneyland to enjoy the rides in California USA many years ago, as soon as the attendants saw the white cane we were escorted past the others standing in the line with us and went directly to the front of the line. This was totally unexpected but thoroughly welcomed by us.

    By your writings, I can tell you are much more independent than I, our transportation is mediocre at best here, so travelling unaided is most difficult, even the sighted rarely ride the buses due to the poor scheduling of them.

    Keep up the good work,

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    1. Hi Brent! How are you doing? Hm. Canada, eh? I’m so glad that I’m now getting to communicate with people beyond Trinidad. The transport here can be brutal. I guess it can be that way most places. But my country is small,and you can pretty much go from one end to the other in a matter of hours. But commutinhg for me is both horrible and fun.Half the crazy stuff happens while I’m on the street. lol. Great to hear from you.

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  2. Hello Marlon,
    My sighted wife and I are having a difficult time typing in your blog edit boxes.
    She was in the IT field, so we shouldn’t be having any trouble.
    She said while I was typing, the text was not showing up, but after tabbing out of the edit box, then my text appeared; then when I tried to go back in to edit my message, my message disappeared.

    I’m sending this note, to make you aware, others may be having the same troubles.
    B.

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  3. Huh. That’s odd. I have never heard of that behavior, and am not experiencing it now. Brent, what version of Windows, and what screen reader (if any) are you using? Or a Mac? Or Chromebook? Or what? Maybe we can troubleshoot this thing.

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    1. Hello Buddy, I am using a Windows7 64 bit desktop. I also use JAWS17 latest build (I always keep it up to date). I have just type two lengthy posts to both you and Marlon, to have only the opening salutations left to read. It also seems that when I press enter, the enter key is the problem (I have refrained from using that key in this post). In addition, when I use Control Right Arrow, JAWS does not read anything, so I have to use the left and right arrow keys to read by letter. I have used forums on the net for too many years, so I don’t think it is something I am doing.
      Best regards, Brent

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      1. Marlon or Buddy can send me an E mail (you should have my E mail addy) to sort this out if you would ike.
        I am replying to my own post to try out Firefox.

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  4. Hello Marlon,
    I’ve decided to use notepad to type and then paste in the edit field on your webpage and see how it goes.

    I have been retired quite a number of years at this point, a forced retirement due to loss of sight, from the government here in Canada.

    I have just finished listening to both of your interviews from the “Eyes On Success” website, I venture there from time to time.
    The interviews were enjoyable and I like your outlook on life and how you have handled the loss of sight.
    I had been a president of a small local “White Cane” club, for 2 1/2 years a while back now. I didn’t find the position all that rewarding I was quite a bit younger than the general membership, the members were happy to just sit and be entertained.
    The club was supported by a couple of volunteered woman sighted people which really ran the club, so the membership didn’t have to contribute much.
    Anyways,
    My wife and I spent 2 weeks in Tobago, we had a great time in December 2010.
    We stayed 2 weeks at the Sandy Point Beach Club which was under a huge 400 (600(?)) year old Banyan tree down on the water not far from the airport. Apparently, boaters use the tree as a landmark.
    The people there were very friendly, and the food on site was great.
    One of the first days we walked (about an hour(?)) from the resort to the not so local grocery store (I was a wet mess by the time we arrived at the store) and took a cab back with our purchases.
    You may want to explain how your cab service works regarding how the licence plates and insurance work with your cab options.
    The cabbie told us about the “yardies and dumplin’s”, was pretty funny how he told the story, but I could tell he loved his yardies and dumplin’s!.

    Our resort had some kitchens and we cooked some of our meals .
    I cooked a couple of currys in a World War 1 helmet although it might have once been a frying pan and the “chef’s knife” was awful, so I used my Swiss army knife to cut the onions.
    The curry was good. We had some local pizza and ate in some meals in in restaurants, they felt pretty rustic, but the food was always good no matter what we ordered.
    We got to taste and experience a pretty bland cacao pod which my wife brought back from an excursion.
    Renting beach chairs ect was new to us.
    The interaction of the lifeguards and the tourists was also new to us. They would use a whistle to tell the tourists to turn and face the waves, so the incoming waves wouldn’t push the tourists’ faces into the sand on the bottom after knocking them over; some of the tourists had to learn the hard way.

    I don’t want to turn this in to my blog, so I’ll sign off now,
    B.

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  5. Duuuuuude, you are awesome sauce. Hey Marlon, my name is Secret Agent, I’m 26 and I went blind 2 years ago. Then things happened and I didn’t even think about learning to use a cane or whatever, but then my husband died and everything fell apart, so now it’s just me, completely alone in Cincinnati Ohio USA, and now I’m getting some orientation and mobility lessons so you should definitely be proud of me. Anyway, I found you last night through somebody on Twitter and I just love your posts. It’s amazing how much I’ve been laughing while reading them, and making me laugh is not such an easy thing to do so…feel special. I can totally relate to many of the things you talk about, especially stupid people and stuff so, I’ll just keep reading your posts while I get into a pretty serious relationship with my cane and whatever else helps me be as independent as possible. You rock

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    1. thank you so much! out of all the assistive tech out there, i think the most beneficial is my cane. being able to move around on your own totally rocks! it almost makes all the morons i meet on the way at least tolerable. I’m glad you enjoy my blog, and hope to hear from you again!

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      1. Yeah of course my pc went crazy and I posted an extra comment because I kept getting a freaky message. It’s fine, I do that on FB all the time and I did it even when I could see. Anyway, enjoy your day

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  6. Duuuuuuuude, I want to be like you when I grow up. Hey Marlon, my name is only known in the alien community so I can’t say it here, I’m 26 and I went blind 2 years ago. Back then I didn’t feel the need to use a cane or be reasonably useful, but then my husband died and everything fell apart. Now it’s just me and 3 cats, but I’m completely alone in Cincinnati Ohio USA. No family or anything, and I recently started some orientation and mobility lessons so you should definitely be proud of me. I found you last night through somebody on Twitter and of course I decided to read your posts. It’s amazing how much I’ve been laughing while reading them, and making me laugh is not an easy thing to do so…feel special! I can totally relate to stuff you talk about, especially stupid people who most likely got their brains from a dollar store or who knows where and I’ll definitely keep reading your magical posts while I get in a serious relationship with my cane and whatever else helps me be as independent as possible. Thanks, you’re awesome sauce

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