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How to get on a escalator

Hi I am a blind adult.
,I am good at using a cane and learning some more about the cane online.
When I was in school I had a o&m teachers.
I went to school in a small town.
So when I go to a mall where there will be a escalator.
I try to feel with my cane to see where to step on.
Then I don't get in the write spot.
So I take hold of the moving rail.
Step on.
Then if I was going down.
I almost fall forward.
But I Catch myself with the rail.
And if I am going up I almost fall back.
But I catch myself with the rail.
So what cane technique will I use.
Or is there a technique for getting on the escalator.
If there is one, can yu please tell me?
I know all the cane techniques.
But I am trying information on the escalator so I can travel more safer.

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Re:How to get on a escalator



What I personally do myself, is after I find the wall with the rail, I will walk up to it and grab ahold of the rail and keep ahold of it until I reach the end, not only does this keep me orientated, but it gives me something to grab ahold of if I were to ever need it quickly for whatever reasons rather than having to search around for it to grab ahold of. And if you have troubles with knowing you are either at the top or at the bottom, try keeping the toe of your foot touching the step that is in front of you on the way up, and you can keep your toe on the edge of the step in which you are standing upon for on the way down because it will level out and become flat when it gets to the bottom just like it does at the top. The rail that I was talking about holding on to will also be flat at both the tops and bottoms. Another thing is at both the top and bottom, there will be a spot that the escalator goes underneath that is maybe an inch (2.54CM) or so high and you will just need to lift your toes and that will allow you to know that you are then at either the top or bottom and at the end of your ride.

Hopefully this comes in handy for any and all and by all means, if I've left anything out, feel free to add away, smiles and good times.


Re:How to get on a escalator



Thank you for some tips!


Re:How to get on a escalator



Thank you for some tips


Re:How to get on a escalator



Thank you for some tips!


Re:How to get on a escalator



Thank you for some tips!


Re:How to get on a escalator



Thank you for some tips!


Re:How to get on a escalator



Thank you for some tips!


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Thank you for some tips!


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I am sorry if I did to many replies. At first I thought the website was having problems


Re: How to get on a escalator



I have another way that my O&M teacher has been trying to teach me. Do as last post said, but add this. Walk up to the escolator with one hand on the rail. Feel for the step with your cane, and put it on the step just below or above you and hold it there. You will hear and feel little jumps in the cane, that will tell you the pattern at which the stairs are moving. Then once you have it, try to step exactly at the time when your cane is going to hit the next step and nine out of ten times it will get you on without falling, then do as previously mentioned with the toe on the next step, but also, you can put your cane on the step and it will rise until it is the right height.


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