[nabs-l] Air Canada challenges deaf, blind man's rightto travelalone; Burnaby

Sarah Alawami marrie12 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 12 22:25:38 UTC 2009


And I'm still learning even though I graduated from the   lcb not to long
ago. I am constantly learning how and what can be done.

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Of Monika Reinholz
Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2009 1:41 AM
To: nabs-l at nfbnet.org
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Air Canada challenges deaf, blind man's rightto
travelalone; Burnaby


And that is why I am glad to be a sighted member of the NFB. Even though I
knew that a blind person could do anything a sighted person can before I
joined, I have learned a lot more about how it can be done since joining. 
Monika Reinholz


 
> From: loneblindjedi at samobile.net
> To: nabs-l at nfbnet.org
> Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 22:29:50 -0400
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Air Canada challenges deaf, blind man's right to 
> travelalone; Burnaby
> 
> Beth,
> 
> what your really dealing with is a psychosocial problem rather than a 
> physical one. The sighted can't imagine how a blind person can safely 
> opperate an emergency exit row let alone do much anything else 
> because, in their world view, sight is a basic requirement for 
> function and leisure. we know differently. sight is a convenience, not 
> a necessary prerequisite. when a sighted person meets a blind person, 
> their first thought usually is, "what would I do if I were in that 
> situation? I'd be afraid and unable to cope!" Most sighted people 
> don't recognize that they're suffering from a lack of information 
> regarding blindness until you point it out to them. When they really 
> understand that they need educating, most are open and willing to 
> engage in the process. Those who aren't are experiencing good 
> old-fashioned prejudice that spans as far back as ancient antiquitiy 
> with the help of the blind prophet and the blind beggar. Sounds 
> simplistic. Mostly, it's not, but that's the basic run-down of the thing.
> 
> Respectfully Submitted
> 
> Original message:
> > Ok. But most airlines say, "You must be able to "see" the exit." Why 
> > is this and how can we justify being able to sit in an exit row?
> > Beth
> 
> > On 6/10/09, Monika Reinholz <monika_r_r at hotmail.com> wrote:
> 
> >> Actually, Jim's not wierd. Emergency exit rows are bigger than the 
> >> others, therefore having more space for someones legs to be 
> >> comfortable during flight. Even I prefer emergency exit rows even 
> >> though Im ony 5'5" because its more comfortable for the legs. I can 
> >> understand the kid rule they have for the row but I believe 
> >> everyone knows what they can do best. If a blind person knows s/he 
> >> can handle being in an emergency row, so be it and let them sit where
they are most comfortable.
> 
> >> Monika
> 
> >> Monika Reinholz
> 
> 
> 
> >>> Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2009 20:13:08 -0400
> >>> From: thebluesisloose at gmail.com
> >>> To: nabs-l at nfbnet.org
> >>> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Air Canada challenges deaf, blind man's 
> >>> right to travelalone; Burnaby
> 
> >>> T's weird. What does height have to do with sitting in an 
> >>> emergency row? It would be better for a blind person not to sit in 
> >>> those rows anyhow because people ned to be directed from the aircraft
visually.
> >>> Beth
> 
> >>> On 6/9/09, Jim Reed <jim275_2 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> >>>> Hey all,
> 
> >>>> Another air travel related issue I just learned of is that blind 
> >>>> people are not allowed to sit in emergency rows. I am tall enough 
> >>>> to "need" an emergency row, so I guess I will hide my cane in the 
> >>>> airport/airplane.
> >>>> BTW,
> >>>> I start cane travel training today.
> 
> >>>> Jim
> 
> >>>> "From compromise and things half done, Keep me with stern and 
> >>>> stubborn pride, And when at last the fight is won, ... Keep me 
> >>>> still unsatisfied." --Louis Untermeyer
> 
> 
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