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Hi,
Guide dogs for the blind just contacted me yesterday. So far everything looks great. He's going to let me know Tuesday if there is any more paperwork needed. If there isn't any then the next step is the home consultation. I'm excited.
This week my O&M and i went to UNCG and walked the campus. It was huge but a enjoyable. There is this clock that legend has it if you walk underneath it you won't graduate in 4 years. The campus was great to walk in and the cafeteria was HUGE. i learned a lot about the place
Today i walked all the way to the dollar store from my house by myself i feel so powerful!!! It was so easy and enjoyable. The route was about a mile. Tomorrow we're planning to go and walk a few routes in downtown.

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That is so great, I read this over the weekend, but I didn't get a chance to respond. I am psyched for you. I always felt good orientation and mobility skills gave me a power and confidence. It sounds like you are finding this. Also, remember, there is no perfect traveler, even the best traveler has to stop, listen, and think about what is going on around him or her. It is okay to ask questions and ask information from others. When asking information, think about who the source is, and it never hurts to ask a second person for confirmation. When asking question, be very specific about streets and directions. I hope that makes sense.

I am so psyched for you! Keep up the hard work!

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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Thanks I'll keep that in mind.

Lately, after talking with my O&M and traveling in general I've been thinking about how people either don't know about the white cane law or don't pay attention to it. I know they don't teach it in drivers ed anymore at least not in my area. Cause i took it before my vision got too bad. I've been thinking about maybe making a commercial for it or something to raise awareness. One of those commercials that make drivers stop and think. I'm kind of curious about how to go about it tho


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I've been thinking about doing that for my school. I even thought of starting a club. As for the comercial, if you got some friends together to help film it, then add in the other things like effects, and so on, maybe you could take it to a local tv station for them to play.

Hope this helps.
Tyler


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I'll have to look into trying that I know I have some friends that have some professional equipment I sure hope I can pull it off


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Sounds like a good idea.

Some states require it to be on the test for a driver's license. But, I would say they don't often teach it in the classes though. Every year on White Cane Day (in October) groups will do public awareness events and such. Never hurts to try and help awareness of the white cane.

I would agree and say it is a mix of persons not being aware of the White Cane law, not paying attention, and some person not recognizing the white cane. It sounds like you are trying to make a difference -- that is great.

Hope you all have a great night!

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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That sounds cool.

Sarah and Wizard


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