[AI] Acquiring mastery of orientation skills

Leikhu Laishram Leingakpa laishramnet at gmail.com
Mon May 14 05:19:37 EDT 2018

Dear all

As per my experience, I believe orientation is a matter of habit and
attitude to a great extent. I have developed a habit of drawing a map
of the path that I take inside a building or any structure. Initially
it took some effort. But with the passage of time its becoming
spontaneous, I mean somewhat natural and automatic. However, It is not
so easy in noisy environment and outdoor with lots of hurdle such as a
crossroad with considerable vehicular traffic.

Warm regards
Leikhu Laishram

On 5/12/18, Rahul Bajaj <rahul.bajaj10038 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I hope this message finds you well. While I have acquired considerable
> proficiency in the use of the cane, I still have weak orientation skills.
> Basically, I am able to use the cane in familiar settings like my office,
> but require sighted assistance when I need to get to a particular location,
> say from my vehicle.
> In other words, my O and M skills have not reached a stage when I can get
> from my vehicle to, say, the 4th room on the left on the third floor of a
> building that I need to go to. This is on account of my inability to act on
> the instructions that someone might give me, and logistical challenges such
> as using the lift independently. Plus, another concern is dealing with
> offers of assistance from sighted people which are hard to politely reject
> and considerably slow down one's progress. Finally, there's a fear of
> getting lost or going in the wrong direction which can result in the wastage
> of a lot of time. Any thoughts?
> Best,
> Rahul
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