[nabs-l] Could someone lend me a hand, please? (Question about juggling multiple items)

Marc Workman mworkman.lists at gmail.com
Wed Aug 4 23:53:27 UTC 2010

I wondered about the reluctance to use a wheelchair as well.  It reminds me 
of the sort of reluctance some people have to using braille or a white cane. 
Some people resist using these tools because they will appear blind.  It 
might cause headaches and fatigue, and it might take much longer, but at 
least I am reading print rather than braille.  I might walk into the 
occasional poll, and I might trip over the occasional step, but at least I 
don't have to walk around with a white cane.  I would be surprised if people 
with mobility disabilities don't face the same struggles between trying to 
look normal and making use of tools that clearly mark them as different. 
Jewell, I no absolutely nothing about your motives, so please don't take 
this as me making presumptions about you.  I'm just noting the parallel.  I 
myself struggled with the transition to the white cane and waited longer 
than I should have.  I hope you are able to come up with a solution that 
works best for you.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Joe Orozco" <jsorozco at gmail.com>
To: "'National Association of Blind Students mailing list'" 
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Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2010 5:32 PM
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Could someone lend me a hand,please? (Question about 
juggling multiple items)

> Jewel,
> If I may ask, can you explain a little more about your hesitation to use a
> wheelchair?  It sounds as though there will be no easy fix to your
> circumstance, though I think you could probably reduce the number of 
> things
> you feel you need in your bag.  Regardless, even if you were to 
> miraculously
> lighten your load, I am sensing that it is difficult for you to get around
> in general through no fault of your own.  Anyway, if you care to share,
> enlighten us as to what would be so terrible about using a wheelchair as a
> tool in much the same way you would currently use two separate canes.  It
> does not seem as though you would always need a wheelchair.  You could 
> pick
> and choose the situations where the extra assistance would be of value, 
> but
> without an understanding of your situation, this is only a casual
> observation.  You're certainly free to tell me to go to hell and not ask.
> *grin*  I won't be offended.
> Best,
> Joe
> "Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves,
> some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all."--Sam Ewing
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