[nabs-l] walking at graduation

Domonique Lawless dlawless86 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 13 22:08:32 UTC 2008


Hi Harry,
	You could also ask the person who will be sitting next to you to tap
you on the arm when you need to stand up and move. If you have a
chance to practice before hand with this person you could touch your
cane to the other person's heel and then move forward when they do.
Usually there are lots of school officials lined up to shake your hand
or congratulate you as you walk by to  receive your diploma, so there
shouldn't be a problem for you to get across. I hope this helps!
Congratulations on graduating!

Best Wishes,
Domonique


On 12/11/08, hannah <sparklylicious at suddenlink.net> wrote:
> Good luck Harry and let us know how it goes...
>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>>From: Harry Hogue <harryhogue at yahoo.com
>>To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list
> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org
>>Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 20:16:13 -0800 (PST)
>>Subject: Re: [nabs-l] walking at graduation
>
>>Hello everyone,
>>I went by the registrar's today and they are setting up
> everything for the ceremony n Saturday; they told me I can go by
> tomorrow morning and practice; I am free, they made it clear, to
> either do it on my own to have a guide, and it is my choice.  It
> is good when they are that open; although we know it is our
> choice, it is nice when others back you up with these things.
>>
>>Thanks again for your advice, gus.
>>
>>Harry
>
>>--- On Thu, 12/11/08, Sarah Jevnikar <sarah.jevnikar at utoronto.ca>
> wrote:
>
>>From: Sarah Jevnikar <sarah.jevnikar at utoronto.ca
>>Subject: Re: [nabs-l] walking at graduation
>>To: "'National Association of Blind Students mailing list'"
> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org
>>Date: Thursday, December 11, 2008, 7:11 PM
>
>>That's true.  I find they're too thin to get a proper hold of and
>>mine's a
>>bit too long which is annoying at times.  But the lightness is a
> good thing
>>for sure.
>
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org
> [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf
>>Of hannah
>>Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2008 6:30 PM
>>To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list
>>Subject: Re: [nabs-l] walking at graduation
>
>>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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