Ruby and I were working together helping children learn how to use the white mobility canes. This activity gives the students a little bit of an idea of how I navigate as a blind person.
When Stephanie, a fourth grader, was introduced to me, I could barely hear her little voice and could make out almost none of the few words she spoke. I was told that she normally is in a wheelchair but that her aide was going to hold her up while she tried to walk with her eyes closed, swinging the white cane in front of her. She tried for a few moments and found it was too difficult. Another aid came to help, so Stephanie was able to walk with her eyes closed using the white cane. At the end of the exercise, I asked the group how the experience felt. Stephanie’s voice was just as loud and clear as everyone else’s. She agreed, “It felt weird!”