[nabs-l] anyone on here from the DC area

Joe jsoro620 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 25 23:17:53 UTC 2016


I've never used paratransit. I know that makes me sound like super snob
blind guy, but I've never used it on account of the public transit system
working very well, not because I'm super blind traveler. From what others
have told me, DC's system is awful. No real surprise there. I lived in the
district for eight years before moving out to Virginia, slow and frustrating
city services, but Arlington in Virginia is supposed to have the best
service of all in terms of special transit goes. Supposedly you can catch
paratransit starting in Arlington and go to a good patch of the DMV area.
I'm not sure how it works for return trips, but I can connect you with
someone who uses the service regularly.

Best,

Joe

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-----Original Message-----
From: Sam Nelson [mailto:nelsonsam68 at gmail.com] 
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2016 7:02 PM
To: jsoro620 at gmail.com; 'National Association of Blind Students mailing
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Subject: RE: [nabs-l] anyone on here from the DC area

Hi  Jo,
 Thanks for your post. 
 Well I'm visiting this friend and it's a distant possibility that if things
went well and I felt comfortable I would move out there. 
 I'm most used to paratransit. What's that like? 
 Thanks! 
 Sam 

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From: nabs-l [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Joe via nabs-l
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2016 5:56 PM
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Subject: Re: [nabs-l] anyone on here from the DC area

Sam,

I'm out here in the DC area. It's hard to tell from your post though what
specifically you're looking for if all you're doing is visiting. I can tell
you the subway system, though not as comprehensive as New York City's, will
get you most places you need to go, but for any interns coming out to join
us here this summer, it's worth noting our Metro is undergoing a lot of
repairs. It won't be unusual for your train to be either late or not running
at all, so it would behoove you to become as familiar with the bus routes as
you become with the train stations.

Airport-wise, Ronald Reagan is the closest to DC. BWI and Dulles, both
further away, could be cheaper options if you're willing to lay down a
little cash for ground transportation or take a bus/train into the District.

Entertainment? Not as lively as NYC. This is more of an intellectual
stimulus than music and dancing, but you'll find a fair amount to keep you
busy. People are generally nice, if a little self-absorbed, but I've yet to
experience anyone beyond lending a little help when help was sought.

Friendly blind people? I might could be considered one of these. There is
certainly a good concentration of blind professionals in the local region,
enough of us willing to take time to show you around the area if you needed
help orienting.

I've toyed with the idea of doing a post on DC travel for blind people on my
personal blog. If there's enough interest, please post your questions or
curiosities. I'll write something of a comprehensive post and update it as
needed for interested travelers. Whatever else you take away, note DC is
freaking expensive. I survived here my first year on an AmeriCorps budget
but just barely. If you're here to see the sites, a lot of them are free.
Most of your money will drain on food, drinks and lodging.

Hope that's a starting base for other questions. Sorry I can't help you with
the mental health resources, but I'm sure we can get you connected with the
right people there.

Joe

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-----Original Message-----
From: nabs-l [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Sam Nelson via
nabs-l
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2016 2:40 PM
To: 'National Association of Blind Students mailing list'
Cc: Sam Nelson
Subject: [nabs-l] anyone on here from the DC area

Hey  Everyone, 

 Hope you're all  doing well. 

 I'm from Chicago. I have a friend who lives in DC. May visit at some point.
Am just doing some initial investigating into what the area is like. 

 If anyone on here is from DC  I would like to hear what you think of the
areas far as what it's like to be there and be blind. From getting to know
my friend it seems like there are quite a lot of friendly blind and other
disabled people there.  Feel free to message me privately. 

 And, if people feel comfortable I'm also very interested to hear the
experience of those who are blind and have any psychiatric disabilities as
I'd be definitely needing mental health services as well. 

 Any thoughts are appreciated! 

 Sam 



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