Friday, November 15, 2013

Learning the way to the rec center


Yes, I got serious about my exercises programs a while back and decided to take matters into my own hands. So I asked a friend to come by and show me the way to the rec center. I live in a condo complex so I chose to use my rec center that is located in the complex. I have to tell you that I got a lot more than I bargained for.

First, we decided upon the outdoor route because I felt that it would be safer for me despite having to do it in winter time. Next my friend carefully mapped out the route for me and then put it into a document for me. Then it was time for me to learn it. So many details for me to learn and remember.

Driveways to cross, walls to find, landmarks such as benches, garbage cans, and poles to remember to look for. Yes, quite a learning experience for me and you know what? I was doing this under new physical conditions for whereas in the past I had enough sight to locate landmarks, I now had to do it with the aid of my cane and to use touch techniques with my trusty cane.

I now had to depend more on my senses of touch and hearing and to forget about my sense of sight. All a new way of navigating for me. More listening and touching and much less use of the sense of sight.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and encouraging you to go out there and learn more about the world of blind people by visiting www.acb.org.
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