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Not all of my goals have been hard to accomplish, but some of them have been a bit difficult. For instance, I have a goal to be more independent with transportation. This goal has been a bit difficult for me but not impossible. Several years ago I applied for ADA paratransit certification, and at the time this service was rather disastrous. In order to reserve a single ride, I or my mother had to get up at the crack of dawn on the day prior to my scheduled trip. So for example, if my trip was on a Saturday I or my mother would've had to phone in on a Friday morning. At the time there was only one reservation line, and it was only open for a half hour each morning. Often times the carrier would call back at suppertime, and inform us they were going to have to bump my ride times back or ahead of schedule. The drivers at the time would often get lost, and they had to ask for directions from the passengers. I felt uncomfortable doing this, primarily due to the fact that I cannot see anything but light and dark, but also because these drivers were the ones supposedly getting us where we needed to go.

But there have since been several improvements made to our ADA paratransit service, and it is now so much better than before. As a matter of fact, I took a paratransit bus here to the heARTwords workshop. Today's trip went very well. However, there is still the thought in the back of my mind that one of my drivers will get lost and ask me for directions to my destination. This would be "Destination Unknown!" When I took paratransit to my parents' house a couple weeks ago, my mother was kind enough to email me directions to get there. Keep in mind that I had not previously traveled to this place by myself. But as it turned out, I didn't need her directions because these drivers now have GPS devices in their vehicles..

Glasses for Blind Person or Blind People

Date: 2017-07-02 07:11 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hey there--thanks for your posts! They are incredibly inspiring, and I'm glad to see that there's other out there struggling with vision loss who can remain as positive as you! I wanted to ask, have you heard about OrCam's glasses for blind person (http://www.orcam.com/article/new-lease-sight-glasses-blind-see/)/visually impaired? Essentially it's a technology for the blind visually impaired (http://www.orcam.com/article/technology-for-the-blind/) or those with reading disabilities that assists with everyday tasks, such as reading and facial recognition. I was wondering if you've used them before, or if you know someone who has. I myself have heard wonderful things thus far, but I'd love your feedback! I'm considering buying a pair very soon, but it's a big investment. Let me know what you think! Thanks so much for your help, and for your lovely blog--you are such an inspiration! Keep it up! :)

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