Riding the Bus in Low Vision

The best advice my O&M teacher gave me? “No surprises.” This means doing recon before riding to determine the safest, most logical route, door to door. Once I know which bus I should be taking, I get out there. Things that make it easier for me to catch and ride and exit the bus: I…

Reconnaissance

Before a competition, athletes study the course and the environment. Before building a house, contractors scout the landscape, calculating layout. Before I travel places or go out to eat, I complete some recon, too. The more familiar I am with an environment, the more confident and relaxed I am despite my disability. Reviewing a menu…

A Voice in the Heat

A lady stands at the street crossing, so I don’t push the signal button. The light changes. We do not get the WALK sign. After two cars turn, the road clears. Time remains on the light cycle. I reach the other curb, and I tap to the bus stop bench. I arrive before the early…