Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lights out at the rink

This is what it feels like every time I go ice-skating.  When I had more vision, it was so easy for me to skate around on my own and I used to love looking at the lights as I skated around.  Sometimes I skated at rinks where the lights were nice and bright and on other occasions I would skate at rinks where disco type lights were present.  Flashing and o so bright and colorful.


I loved it all!  Especially at Christmas time when I ice-skated with friends at rinks where the colorful Christmas lights were on display.  It is very different now; I skate oblivious to any lights around me.  However i use my imagination to create memories and weave pictures laden with lots of colorful lights of all sizes and shapes.  In the days when I could see, I usually skated on my own with someone beside me.  Now, I ice skate on the arm of a friend.


Lights may be out at the rink for me but the memory lives on.  I enjoy my ice-skating more than ever and will probably do so for the rest of my ice skating days.


If you would like to learn more about the type of sports that blind persons engage in then you can visit www.nfb.org or www.rnib.org.


I'm Donna J. Jodhan yur friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and urging you to go out there and spread the news that indeed! Blind persons do ice skate.

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