Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What happens when rain falls?

It’s funny, but when I had enough vision to see things, I used to enjoy watching the silver raindrops race each other down the glass of my windows. I can still remember and visualize this picture and I can still remember walking in the rain and watching these same beautiful raindrops scoot down the lenses of my glasses.

Even then and even now, I am really no different than a sighted person when it comes to rain. With or without vision it is almost the same for me. The differences may come as follows: Whereas a sighted person can almost always avoid puddles, I can’t. I used to be able to do so when I could see better but not now. It is difficult for me to carry an umbrella because of having to use my cane. I do not really like wearing rain hats because then my sense of hearing is somewhat muffled.

So what do I really do when rain comes? I am very careful when I step outside. I manage as best as I can and I am happy with how I do it.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and inviting you to go out there and share my thoughts with others. Visit www.nfb.org to learn how blind persons get around in the rain.

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