I see that all of you had adolescences just like mine- agonizing.

I have great news for those of you who are parents of younger kids.

, this article is taken from remarks made by Barbara Pierce on June 27, 1987, at a seminar for parents of blind children at the convention of the National Federation of the Blind in Phoenix, Arizona. Pierce is the Assistant Director of the Alumni Association of Oberlin College and is President of the National Federation of the Blind of Ohio.

I truly grew up throughout the early part of my teenage years really having a conviction deep down inside of me that I would never marry. I wasn't sure that I ever would grow up to be the kind of person that some other human being would elect to spend a life with.

So that's why I think role models are terribly important.

The next thing that I would say is that you need to start early.

Again, I go back to what one of the previous speakers said.

But the underlying feeling of inadequacy and uncertainty is, I think, the same for all adolescents.

And I think it's particularly important that parents of blind children hang on to that sense-that fundamentally you have in your background the experience (the reservoir) of those same kinds of feelings.

It is disconcerting to anyone to have a blind person stand and talk to him or her three-quarters turned away-especially, if that person happens to be sighted.

It is terribly important that you teach those things.

Nobody's going to want to go out on a date with somebody who's not paying any attention to them.