Kindness

I cross the street and tap my way towards the bus stop. A young man stands there already, looking down the road at the bus that is approaching. It is still a few blocks away. I can’t tell which route it is even with my monocular. “Excuse me,” I say to him, leaning on my…

On the Line

I’m small, tire on long road trips, and too blind to drive, but truckers and me, we are on the same page. Or at least I’d like to think so. Truckers deal with a problem I have, too. When they exit the highway and drive towards their delivery destination, inevitably they will have to make…

A Good Cause

“Sold at 45 dollars. 1-2-7, 1-2-7.” I pick my way through the rutted grass lot. The auctioneer’s voice carries through the thick heat, and Mom walks in the direction of its origin, a pale yellow barn, devoid of farm animals but filled with people. We select folding chairs near the middle of the smooth concrete…

Descriptive Video Take Two

Check out the first part of my experience with Descriptive Video here. After I explained my disappointment, the manager offered to test out the headset and glasses accessibility options. He seemed confused about the option I referenced, Descriptive Video. He noted an H and a V setting on the transmitters and recited they were only…

Staying Safe on the Edge

As I picked up more strategies from my Orientation and Mobility lessons, I practiced reactions to dangerous situations with my instructor. One day, he explained how to avoid a serious problem when waiting to cross a street, waiting on a platform for the train, or when negotiating a flight of stairs. “When you are by…