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Blind Student
Blind Student
Item IDEgyptian19611110blind.tif
TitleBlind Student
AuthorBy LINDA BALLOU
DescriptionDiscussing current clothing styles is among the favorite pastime of Bill Pointer, 21-year-old sophomore sociology major from East St. Louis.
Original Publication SourceDaily Egyptian
Date1961 November 10
Volume43
Issue16
Page(s)2
Digital File Format.TIF (Tagged Image Format)
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
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CollectionUniversity Archives: Daily Egyptian Diversity Articles Index
TranscriptBlind Student

By LINDA BALLOU

Discussing current clothing styles is among the favorite pastime of Bill Pointer, 21-year-old sophomore sociology major from East St. Louis.
For Bill, this is truly a case of "fashion at his fingertips." Bill is blind. He shops with the aid of a parent or a friend whom he feels has good taste, then chooses items for daily wear completely by the feel of the garment's texture and design.
Distinguishing the colors of two items with the same textile presents no problem for Bill, as he has worked out his Own system of removing the manufacturer's tags in such a way that he can differentiate between the colors of the two garments.
BORN BLIND
Bill was born blind but explains that he did not realize he could not see until he was about five years old.
"I was as active as anyone else'', he explains. "I ran and jumped and played like the rest of the kids.
Then one day I ran into a post and because of resulting injuries had to have my left eye removed I think it was about then that I first realized I was blind."
Although Bill attended schools for blind students such as the Illinois Braille and Sight Saving School in Jacksonville, Southern is the first educational institution which he has attended that is not specifically designed for the blind.
When asked why he chose SIU, Bill replied: "Many blind students attend here and though there is no specific program for us, our problems are understood better."
RARELY GETS LOST
He also explained that the large campus offers a challenge to him. He rarely gets lost, and finds his way around campus by establishing landmarks. These landmarks may be anything from smells or sounds associated with a particular area to a specific number of turns and bends in a sidewalk.
Snow or rain presents a problem. "It is hard to tell whether you are on the walk or not and
it is harder to hear, '' says Bill.
Sound is one of the essential elements in the everyday life of a student such as Bill.
When you are blind, you learn to develop other senses, " he comments. "You have to develop them so much that you can do things without realizing it."
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