The topic I’m researching is blindness and transportation. I was interested in researching blindness because I wanted know how blind or impaired people get around without being able to see. Blindness relates to Temple’s chapter because temple’s roommate was blind or impaired. The question about blind people I had was that how do blind or impaired people cross the street without being able to see. Blind people use a variety of techniques to navigate where they going such orientation and mobility, guide dogs, memory, and walking stick.
Impaired people have a hard time seeing so they get around from there memory. They also use their ears to listen if someone or something is close to them. They use a walking stick if they are not familiar with the environment they’re in. Blind or impaired people use walking sticks to move paths and keep them in straight line. Some Impaired or blind people have guide dogs to show them on new paths, while others may want to use walking sticks. (Source #1) This show that not everyone wants to use guide dogs some people want to do new things on their own. Never touch guide dogs while there with there owners. He working and you can distract him for his owner.(Source #2) This show that guide dogs are just like any other person if you distract them from their job you can put a impaired or blind person in danger. People think blind or impaired only use walking sticks. Blind or impaired use guide dogs as way for them to get around without doing much work ….. (Source #3) This shows that blind and impaired as a way for them to not doing a lot to get around. Impaired and blind people both use walking sticks, guide dogs, memory. When they have a guide dog don’t touch it because you’re taking it attention away from their owner.
Impaired and blind people use their senses to cross the street. They use their ears to listen for cars when they stop and go. They know when is safe to cross the street. Instead of blind or impaired people stopping looking and listening they take it away and use the process Orientation and Mobility. “Orientation and Mobility or O&M is a profession which focuses on instructing individuals who are blind or visually impaired with safe and effective travel through their environment. Individual O&M Specialists can work for schools, government agencies or do private contracting for their services.” (Source #4) This show that impaired and blind people know how to use their senses to help them achieve obstacles in their daily life. If a impaired or blind person is crossing the street you should never honk your horn or give them verbal signs. (Source #5) This shows impaired and blind people know when are to cross the street you don’t have tell them when they can cross it.You should never grab or pull a impaired or blind person who is trying to cross the street. Cars with hybrid engines are often very quiet for blind pedestrians. (Source#6) This show that blind and impaired people need to hear the cars so they know when to stop and go. Also it show that just because they can’t see doesn’t mean they need help crossing the street. Blind and impaired people have a hard time doing things in life. They cross the street by themselves often don’t need help. If you want to help them just ask never just do it.
In a similar fashion guide dogs are very useful. Except for crossing the street. Guide dogs don’t know when it’s safe to cross the street they are color blind. So they have to depend on the owner to help them cross the street. Guide dogs keep their owner in a straight line so they won’t run into any objects. (Source #12) Guide dogs can help people who have a deficit in vision. Guide dogs know there left from right. Guide dogs suit their owners making sure nothing happens to them. (Source #13) This show that guide dogs are as smart as any human and can care for you as much as you care for them. Guide dogs make sure you don’t hit, run, walk, fall, stumble, etc.. into any object. They keep you in a straight line away from danger. (Source 12,13) This show that guide dogs make sure you are safe and keep you out of danger. Guide dogs make sure you don’t get into danger.
Blind people use lots of things to navigate where they are going such as orientation and mobility, memory, walking stick, and guide dogs. The research showed me that blind people are independent and don’t need as much help it might seem. I want to learn more about how impaired or blind people get treated in their daily life.
10 common questions about blindness, 5 December 2014. Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 2017, http://www.gdabvi.org/10-common-questions-about-blindness/. Accessed 21 March 2017