Freedom: white cane style

Hi Blog world,

Sorry I didn’t get a blog in last week it was a rough and exciting week. Last Thursday I got the call that I have been waiting a year and two half months for-I finally was going to get my white cane and training! I was excited and nervous at the same time.

Finally, Saturday came and my teacher came with my cane. I have to admit that I was nervous that my training would be delayed more. My first lesson was in the sighted guide technique, for people who do not know a sighted guide helps someone who is blind or visually impaired get around safely, during this lesson we went through how to use a sighted guide while going up and down stairs and how to switch sides of the guide while traveling. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoRQiG_hlHk we also went through how to keep myself safe if I didn’t have my cane with me.

The first lesson I learned with my cane was what length I needed; to measure a user for a cane we use the height up to the collar-bone mine’s a 50 in. After that, I learned the parts of the cane and how to walk with it.

Even though it had just stopped raining my teacher and I went for a mile and a half walk. It felt odd learning the technique; however, I learned it pretty quickly.  I am looking forward to learning more lessons on how to travel independently. I get my freedom back!

This blog is in loving memory of Bristol: the guide dog who gave my best friend the
gift of independence.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

 

 

Book Club

Hi Blog world,

I just wanted to drop you guys a line to tell you about a new book club that my friend and I have started, So far we have read: The story of my life by Helen Keller, An Irish country village (Irish country series book 2) by Patrick Taylor, and Maggie by my side by Beverly Butler. Hopefully soon, I will have some book reviews up for you guys to read.

Yesterday, my best friend and I had our first book club meeting; during that meeting we made up a list of books we want to read.

Blog  soon,

Amanda Gene

Edited by Jessica Woods.

 

The years have gone by so fast-a reflection of my years at the local state college

Hi Blog world,

Well, after a long weekend and an extra twenty-four hours of waiting I got the news I wanted I passed my math class and I am now a graduate of the local state college!  I did it!  Wow!   Where has the time gone?  I have grown so much in the last three years.  I remember my first day at the college like most freshmen I was excited to be doing something after months of summer vacation, however, I was scared about being in this new “World” and I really wanted to go home.  I have now gotten over that rush of wanting to go home right away.   I have also made many friends.  During this time, I have also met my best friend, we have grown very close in our friendship and I know that our friendship will grow ever closer as I move on with my education at the local university.

My hardest difficulty is with my math, I have had many setbacks with it, and however, I am better with it than I first started when I was a freshman. I can’t thank the teachers and the tutors in the math lab enough for working so hard with me even when I felt down about learning my hardest subject. Thank you!

My spelling and grammar has also been a struggle for me.  I had to take writing prep writing my freshmen year, and with lots of practice and the dedication of my teachers, I was able to pass my College Placement Exam and I was able to move on to college credit classes my second term.  One of the goals I had during my time at the state college was to get something published in the school newspaper, and I went over the top of that goal, I had more articles published than I ever thought I would.  I also got the chance of educating the public about what it is like to be legally blind and what it means to be safe when walking with a white cane.

During my freshmen and sophomore year, I also attended a local learning center for the blind and visually impaired where I learned how to use my computer including programs: ZoomText and Kurzweil 3000.  I also sharpen my typing skills and learned how to use my digital tape recorder.

In the kitchen, I regained confidence in my cooking and stove use. I have also learned how to manage a home, through learning organization skills, banking skills, and I even got to learn about my future job by talking to some professional reporters at the local newspaper.

I also got to meet some guide dogs and I have learned that a blind person can really be independent, and they also have a constant companion: a friend for life.

I have also started learning Braille, I still am not a fluent reader yet, but I know that in the next two years I will be getting better at it.

In my spare time I have also learned how to take care of an aquarium; and I have learned a lot about fish.

Through all these little things, I have been gaining more confidence and independence. I am not sure of what the next two years of my life will obtain or what goals I will achieve but I do know that it’s going to be an adventure!

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

 

Three days left of school and a crazy weekend

Hi Blog world,

I am counting down the days until the last day of school; I’m getting excited about it! I have been working very hard in the math lab, and I think by this Thursday I will be ready for my exam.

I had a crazy weekend, because I had to baby-sit. It was fun baby-sitting again and the kids and I had a fun time watching Disney movies and making Father’s day cards. Also, during this weekend, I cleaned my room, and I went to the beach too. It was a pretty good weekend.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

 

A blessing and an update…

Hi Blog World,

I just wanted to drop you guys a line.  First off, my grade in my math class is improving, and I think if I really study, and as I have been told, if I keep a positive outlook I may just pass my math class; if this happens I will move on to the local university

One awesome thing that happened today, and it helped a whole lot, is I got a grant that will cover my dorm.  This is a blessing, because I was so worried about making sure that things were taken care of.  I’m truly blessed.  All I need to do now is complete school and keep working towards my goals.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene