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Canes in School and Braille

Hey Guys!
I fell down the stairs at school (because I am stubborn) and now I have to use my cane. It is really annoying that people ask questions and act stupid. How do you deal with it? Also, i just started to learn braille-any tips?

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Hi, I am using a cane as well. I think that you should just ignor those kids. You are the only one that can make a cane bad. Once you start learning braille, you will get used to it.


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hey i think that using a cane is annoying sometimes but you will come to see that it will be easier when you get use to it and people who make fun of you are stupid and just don't listen to them and if they say anything mean or rude tell them to leave you alone and just listen to what elizabeth said


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o, braille will get easier when you get use to it as well good luck!


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Good luck. Remember, you are defenceless.


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Hi, I also use a cane throughout my daily life, which assists me in familiarizing myself with my natural surroundings. Although canes are not intended for this purpose I sometimes deploy the methodology that if a person, who consistently makes fun of me, I just hit them good. In school, I have an administrator, who always jokes on my behalf. He uses a microphone, blasting it continuously in student's ears. So, during a specific time of the day, which occurs at lunch time, he bumps into me and we play jokes on each other!!! Here is the proper technique to use when ascending or descending stairs: Depending upon whether or not your right handed or left handed, will determine the hand you hold your cane in. Make certain that your arm is fully extended in front of you, before climbing stairs. I usually use a pencil grip, and when you climb each stair, you can tell because of the cane tip grabbing and making an annoying noise. As far as Braille is concerned, you will be a lot better off using a Braille display, which offers more portability than carrying all those Braille volumes!!! Use a light touch, and read for a period of twenty to thirty minutes a day. For a beginner, this should allow a fairly solid foundation to occur. Get Bookshare too! If you do not understand how to retrieve it, let me know!


Re:Canes in School and Braille



Hi, I also use a cane throughout my daily life, which assists me in familiarizing myself with my natural surroundings. Although canes are not intended for this purpose I sometimes deploy the methodology that if a person, who consistently makes fun of me, I just hit them good. In school, I have an administrator, who always jokes on my behalf. He uses a microphone, blasting it continuously in student's ears. So, during a specific time of the day, which occurs at lunch time, he bumps into me and we play jokes on each other!!! Here is the proper technique to use when ascending or descending stairs: Depending upon whether or not your right handed or left handed, will determine the hand you hold your cane in. Make certain that your arm is fully extended in front of you, before climbing stairs. I usually use a pencil grip, and when you climb each stair, you can tell because of the cane tip grabbing and making an annoying noise. As far as Braille is concerned, you will be a lot better off using a Braille display, which offers more portability than carrying all those Braille volumes!!! Use a light touch, and read for a period of twenty to thirty minutes a day. For a beginner, this should allow a fairly solid foundation to occur. Get Bookshare too! If you do not understand how to retrieve it, let me know!


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Thanks
I have been starting with the flashcards for contractions (and i managed to go through the whole box in 4 days)
I wish my principle was like that, but he is more like a dictator than someone to joke around with. Now thats High School!


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Hey beccawhizkid my friend i know your Delilahs one thing that could help you in braille is the braille rap if you have an ipod you can down load it to your ipod its helped me quite a bit i haven't even started my courses at Hadley yet and i know my several letters and can use a slate and stylus on the subject of stupid questions turn them into a joke and answer them unless you know absolutely possibly they just want to be stupid because its up to us to wipe out ignorance or no one else will. Like for instance my class mates thought when i first got my cane when you have a cane it means you are complete and totally blind have no light perception or anything like the stereo types then i taught them the differences and why you need a cane. a wise principal once said "school is a place to wipe out ignorance" so if we don't educate our class mates who will.


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