Drop the 'dis', please see our 'abilities'

This is an excerpt from the book, A Place For Us, by Cassandra Chiu. Ms Chiu is a blind psychotherapist who manages The Safe Harbour Counselling Centre. She is also a social advocate for equal opportunities.

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Very often people say these words to me: "I really do admire you"; "You are such an inspiration"; "You live such a normal life and have achieved so much".

Very often, they also end their compliments with these words: "... and without sight!"

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 14, 2019, with the headline Drop the 'dis', please see our 'abilities'. Subscribe