[AI] independence and mobility

Jean Parker radioforever at gmail.com
Mon Sep 27 08:37:20 EDT 2010

Well I'm laughing outloud at your comparison!

The best would be if we are independent and effective at the same time.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Vamshi G" <gvamshiai at gmail.com>
To: "'Jean Parker'" <radioforever at gmail.com>; 
<accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Monday, September 27, 2010 6:01 PM
Subject: RE: [AI] independence and mobility

> Hi Jean Parker,
> Very rightly said.  I fully support your opinion.
> In the 2008 Access India convention, Mr. Vinod Asudani said, if a blind
> person wants to go out, one escort is enough.  But if the prime minister 
> of
> India wants to go out, atleast 50 escorts should be there.  That means PM 
> of
> India is more dependent than a blind person.  He added that being 
> effective
> is more important than being independent.
> Ffull marks to your opinion.
> Regards,
> Vamshi G
> M: +91 9949349497
> R: +91 877 2243861
> Skype: gvamshi81
> www.retinaindia.org
> From darkness unto light
> -----Original Message-----
> From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
> [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Jean Parker
> Sent: Monday, September 27, 2010 1:25 PM
> To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
> Subject: [AI] independence and mobility
> 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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