[AI] independence and mobility

mahendra galani at chello.at
Mon Sep 27 05:37:27 EDT 2010


i fully support views of Jeen, mainthing is we decide when and how to 
do things on our own.

  At 08:54 AM 9/27/2010, you wrote:
>All:
>
>Being independent in one's mobility does not mean never utilizing 
>the assistance of others.  Actually, it means quite the 
>opposite.  To be independently mobile, one uses one's mobility 
>skills which might include, cane, listening, asking for and using 
>information about one's location, having back-up plans in case the 
>first plan doesn't work, employing strategies to get where you want 
>to go and, at times, requesting and receiving assistance from 
>others.  The thing that makes you independent is that you make the 
>decisions about where you will go, when you will go, who else will 
>go, what you will do when you get there, and how you will get 
>there.  It doesn't mean, nor has it ever meant, never asking for 
>assistance from others.
>It does mean gauging one's environment based on what you know about 
>it and employing the mobility skills and available assistance that 
>best fits the situation.  But the key is that YOU decide, no one 
>else decides for you.
>
>It might interest you to know that while blind people in the United 
>States often pride themselves on using good cane technique and 
>navigating to unknown locations "by themselves,"  this does not mean 
>not asking for and receiving assistance.  The environment there is 
>much different than it is here.  You should also know, that many 
>blind people in the United States find themselves in the difficult 
>situation of attending large events and having no assistance 
>available to them at times when they really need it.  This is both a 
>practical issue and a cultural one.  It asks the question of how 
>each person defines independence and how do they implement their 
>beliefs in everyday life.  It also raises the question of how we 
>judge each other's mobility skills and/or preferences.  This is an 
>ongoing debate among blind people which will probably not be 
>completed in any of our lifetimes.
>
>We can not always apply the mobility strategies used in the west 
>here in India or in most other developing countries.  But we can 
>adapt much of the philosophy that has emerged in the west and adjust 
>the techniques to meet our individual needs.
>
>Finally, having traveled widely in many parts of the world, the 
>strategies I use to get where I want to go are always flexible as to 
>the environment, language, time of day, culture and a million other 
>factors that are beyond the scope of this list.  The strategies I 
>use in India are often different than the one's I use in America or 
>Europe but the end result is that I still get where I want to go and 
>I am in control of the process.
>
>Jean
>
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        Mahendra Galani
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