This post is dedicated to all the blind fathers out there whose children were ripped from their lives by a government that doesn’t understand. Fathers with disabilities can and will father children, and I have a good example of several different fathers.
Meet Dishon. He’s a Louisiana born Colorado father of one little boy. This is the first child he’s fathered, and his wife is blind. He is happily not involved in a custody case, but his little boy is only 2 years old. I think. What move a father makes could spell the fate of the child, and this is true of any parent.
Meet Clayton, a blind man whose daughter was ripped from his custody upon the secon divorce from a sighted ex. He is not able to see his daughter, and this post is dedicated to him. He would like to be able to use his blindness skills and his other senses to track his daughter’s movements throughout a house or home, and she’s 3 years old. I could be wrong, but being a summer baby has its benefits, but having heard about her birthday, I called Clayton and just sat there with him on the phone. Father’s Day is not a day of gifts, spending time with children or a child, not for Clayton. It is only a reminder that he must reinstate his parental rights to his child, like most blind men should be doing. If a man fathers a child, he must take responsibility for that child, and Clayton swears he has. Unlike other men I’ve witnessed who have kids running around, and who are sighted, one blind man says he’ll father his child responsibly. What does this say about men these days?
Back to Dishon. His family will likely not be torn apart because Dishon’s family support is good, and both he and his blind/visually impaired wife use blindness skills to take care of little boy in the picture. There are many blind fathers and mothers alike who would like the government to stop ripping away children from their blind parents and unfairly terminating the rights of a blind father in Clayton’s case. Here’s a story that proves we need to do more. While Clayton’s case was in Iowa, this story wasn’t far off.
Scott Meade had five little children. HE divorced his sighted wife, and she ran off with the baby. Th children were taken from Meade and adopted out as a result of the state of Wisconsin and its negligence and perpetual expertise on blindness, which was not favorable to Meade himself. Now, he’s a single man, and he lives with friends out of state. He can never see his children, and it makes me sad. Clayton may never see his daughter up close, but I pray that this and other stories teach us that blind men have a right to father a child to the best of their abilities like everybody else.