I won something at my school prize-giving. On the way down from the stage I misjudged the stairs and stumbled badly. What sounded like a frenzy of laughter ensues.
Some years I smile and shrug of things like this – something that my teenage self could not quite work. What has not changed though, is that life is full of lost and knocked on it – the only thing that is now setting business meetings and cocktail parties.
Traveling when you are blind, or very “little” look like me, can be an absolute nightmare. Fortunately though, more and more tools exist to make navigating the physical world if not easy, then something that is not too painful.
In dogs, sticks, mobile GPS, sonar sensors, and special binoculars, range of possibilities, and a day increase.
Help from the pros
You were born blind, or sudden loss of vision in middle age, it is a good idea to meet with the mobility of professional coaches.
These people can be very valuable in helping you to use all the tools available to you and thus help to adapt and to reclaim as much independence you can. Asking for help is not always easy, but it pays off in the long run.
Perhaps one of the most effective adaptive technology is also one of the simplest. The white cane iconic may seem like little more than a stick, but quite effective. Not only will this help you to see things your way, is also a good guide to the stairs, one, and changes in surface texture.
In addition, the white cane became a symbol of blindness, and thus is sometimes also used by people who still have some sight left. As the stick Token can help people with poor eyesight to warn other pedestrians to get a way.
The appeal of social
Guide dog offers an attractive alternative for blind people who are not trained in the use of a cane. Unlike the stick, the dog can see, making them better able to adapt to the environment.
But with great power comes great responsibility. Guide dogs are not pets, in the normal sense – they are inserted, and an employee of sense. They go with you wherever you go – get one is a big responsibility.
So, although they may in some way offer increased independence, it is to some extent offset by the fact that having your dog can be a complicated and limited in other ways.
In addition, dogs have an additional benefit, or weakness, acting as a magnet social. Once out of town, you will almost always bound to be visited by some animal lover who wants Pat your partner.
According to the South African Guide Dog Training Association charge of your dog around R7 500.
Some blind people also make stick sonar sonar emissions or increase their mobility.
Similar to the way in which bats gather information from the environment, the transmit pulse, reflected from objects in the surrounding area. Pulse is turned on noise or vibration, which indicates the location of the object.
The device is however still relatively expensive and are not widely used.
Knowing where you are
Do not walk barriers are part of the problem in mobility. Others know where you are, especially when exploring an unknown area.
The use of technologies such as GPS (Global Positioning System) with advanced map that helps people in several states track exactly where they are. Providing you are in the area mapped, the system will be able to tell you things like: “The road to the right is Church Street, and on your left is the cinema”
For people with low vision, binoculars designed specifically to offer a simpler solution. It can be very valuable to read street names and shop.
As the most technologically adaptive though, is not one-size-fits-all solution. If you are struggling with vision problems we recommend contacting some of the organizations listed at the bottom of this article or contact the vendor of adaptive technology.
Going the distance
Not for driving a car is one of the most limiting about losing weight vision. Fortunately though, most of the major cities South Africa has a taxi service that can take you anywhere you want to go. But it tends to be quite expensive.
And poor vision do not need to keep from traveling abroad either. Most airlines these days offer special assistance for those with vision problems. Just to make a point of asking for help when you book your ticket.