Thursday, November 11, 2010

Downtown shopping

For me, downtown shopping can be a bit of everything.  Exciting, interesting, frustrating, nerve racking, plus more.  If I go on my own into a crowded downtown mall, it is like trying to find a needle in a haystack but if I go with someone that I trust, then it's that much more enjoyable.

 

With so many persons pushing and shoving in busy downtown malls to get where they are going, I can sometimes use my cane to let them know that I am blind but it does not always work.  Because people are often so focused on their own affairs, they often fail to see my cane and as a result they come crashing into me but it is probably not too much different for the sighted shopper. 

 

Negotiating downtown shopping is almost always a challenge for anyone let alone a blind person.  I do my best to stay away from downtown shopping.  I prefer to stay in my own neck of the woods; out in the suburbs where the malls and stores are much quieter and sales persons have a bit more time to assist me.  However, I do know of many blind persons who absolutely love to go downtown shopping. 

 

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and encouraging you to go out there and share my blogs with others.  If you would like to know more about how blind persons go downtown shopping, then visit www.nfb.org.

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