Section three: Walking and Biking-Going Places: A Hadley School for the Blind and Visually Impaired review

In this section of “Going Places” from my Hadley School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Review I want to talk about what I learned about walking and biking.

This lesson brought back memories of my childhood. As a child, one of my favorite things to do was to ride my bike. I found that riding my bike was fast and fun! I did some walking to and from school when I was in middle school; however, my mother was always worried about my safety. She was so worried about my safety because one day I did not return home on time. I walked home with a friend a different way and it took us longer to get home. After that, my mother had me tested for Orientation and Mobility. In the report, it basically said that my mother needed to let me be more independent. She hardly let me walk home on my own and as a result I felt less independent than my peers. This leads me to the first section of the lesson: Advantages and disadvantages of walking and biking. I feel the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Both walking and biking can be low cost and good for someone’s health. I learned that with correct planning both of these can be enjoyed.

During sixth grade my mom and other adults started talking to me about safety issues, such as coming home from school on time, having phone numbers to call in case I were to get lost, etc. Reflecting back on this, as an adult, these are basic common-sense issues that should be taught to any child early. I feel that if a child wishes to walk or bike somewhere, as long as it’s safe, let the child do it. I feel that If I was exposed to walking and biking earlier, I would have been more confident with my travel skills.

When it comes to trip planning the more you do it the easier it becomes. Start teaching these travel skills early! For example, you can teach landmarks. My mother started teaching me this from a young age. She also taught me compass directions and map reading. Remember you are your child’s best advocate! You may want to request support from an Orientation and Mobility specialist to get help in white cane training and with the examples I mentioned.

 

O & M Trivia game on Alexa and Google Assistant Review

I was on Facebook scrolling through, seeing what was going on, when I came across a friend’s post about a new game was on the Amazon Echo, and it is also available on Google Assistant. The free game is called O M Trivia. The game tests a players knowledge about Orientation and Mobility (O and M ). I was eager to try out the game and to see what it had to offer.

I had trouble finding the game by using my voice, so I had to use my Alexa App to enable it. The game can be played by a single player or by a group of four, and there are three levels of difficulty: beginner, intermediate and advanced. I had previously completed Orientation and Mobility; I am now in my refresher course. I thought this game would be a breeze. I was wrong.

I found the beginner level quite easy to achieve the correct answers. The second level, intermediate, can be tricky for someone who has been in O and M if they are not paying attention to the question. 😊  The final level, advanced, is difficult in itself and I highly recommend the level for anyone who has completed their Orientation and Mobility training. I personally found that this game was difficult to navigate, and I do not think this will be on my top favorite games. However, I feel that the general public can learn a lot from this game, in the way of its content, even from the advanced level.

Please note, the game or any of the products I have mentioned has not been sponsored.

 

Amanda Gene Tries UK Candy

“I need an Aero bar-I am craving English candy!” I posted to my Facebook page. Seeing my status my friend, Sara wrote me a private message saying she would have some goodies delivered.  I excitedly checked the mailbox every day, and one cold evening it finally came.  I ran into my house full of excitement!

The next day, I created a YouTube Video.

Like most YouTuber’s I decided to do a surprise dip; picking one item at a time. The first thing I pulled out was not candy, but a Nystagmus Network wristband. The details on the band really pop! It looks so pretty.

The second item was an Aero’s bar that was peppermint flavored. For me, personally I am very particular about how strong the flavor is when I eat this flavor of candy. I was so surprised how light and delicious the flavor was. I loved how light the bar was. The next two items were a light blue Nystagmus Network wristband and a white Nystagmus Network wristband. They are really pretty and I will be wearing them with joy. For those of you who do not know what the Nystagmus Network is it is an amazing charity that provides support, and research  for those who have Nystagmus ,an eye condition where the eyes move rapidly either vertically or horizontally or sometimes in a combination of the two, and their families.

The next candy I got was a Dairy Milk bar. I have heard about them on YouTube as well as hearing my friends talk about them.  The candy was sweet and it reminded me of the Hershey’s candy we have here in the states, however this bar was a lot sweeter. Which I loved.

After finding another awesome Nystagmus Network wristband. I got a Milky bar. I was surprised that I liked the white chocolate because I generally do not care for white. This candy bar was sweet and very easy to chew. I really liked it.

After pulling out another Nystagmus Network wristband I pulled out Werther’s Original Hard Candy. We have these in the states, and I like them. I am going to share these with my grandfather because this is one of his favorites.

After pulling out my last Nystagmus Network wristband I pulled out my last item. A Bumper Bag. This bag has a mixture of different candies. Since lemon is one of my favorites, I tried a piece of that. The texture reminded me of our Laffy Taffy candy. The piece I tried from the Bumper Bag was bursting with flavor.

Thank you again, Sara for my candy and wristbands.

Author’s note: none of the candy brands nor the Nystagmus Network has sponsored this blog post or my YouTube video. Please feel free to check out the awesome Nystagmus Network charity anyway! 😊