[nabs-l] walking at graduation

hannah sparklylicious at suddenlink.net
Thu Dec 11 23:29:37 UTC 2008


I use ID canes because they're light, but I find that they stick 
to things easily, but I like them because they're very very 
light...

> ----- Original Message -----
>From: "Sarah Jevnikar" <sarah.jevnikar at utoronto.ca
>To: "'National Association of Blind Students mailing list'" 
<nabs-l at nfbnet.org
>Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 17:37:23 -0500
>Subject: Re: [nabs-l] walking at graduation

>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.

>-----Original Message-----
>From: nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org 
[mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf
>Of Patricia
>Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2008 4:37 PM
>To: nabs
>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.

>HTH,

>Patricia
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