[nabs-l] walking at graduation

Sarah Jevnikar sarah.jevnikar at utoronto.ca
Thu Dec 11 22:37:23 UTC 2008

Hey Patricia,
That's so funny - I didn't know other people used and ID cane as a "formal
cane". I find them harder to use than a mobility one though.

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Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2008 4:37 PM
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Subject: Re: [nabs-l] walking at graduation

Hi Harry: 

I haven't graduated university yet but I did walk across the stage by myself
in high school. like Sarah, I had someone there who was in my teacher
advisory (as that is how they went through the students). she did sighted
guide with me up to the stairs, and then i would stand behind her and
lightly put my hand on her shoulder (asking her of course if I could do
that). when she went up I located the stairs with an ID cane I borrowed (I
was told it would look cute and more dainty than a regular mobility cane for
this purpose) and then once my name was called I walked up and across the
stage to greet those people I needed to.

I did practice in the rehearsal and a couple of times before that, as before
hand I was going to try and see if I could memorize the route from my chair
to the stage but this option seemed best for me. I wasn't about to go up
with soemone sighted guide, as I did that for a spontaneously received award
and I didn't feel good about it that time. 


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