At the Colorado Center for the Blind, students with residual vision must wear sleep shades. This will assist with teaching alternative blind techniques. But how do we know if someone is cheating? In my class, one way for me to tell is if the student is talking and their voice sounds muffled. That’s an indication that they are attempting to look at the Braille. In any class, you can often tell if a student is cheating if they reach for something directly or they say, “Hey, Joe,” but Joe hasn’t said a word. Sometimes you can simply tell by the general movements of a student. Someone who is new to using sleep shades will move more slowly at first. We can also physically check if we aren’t certain. If we check the entire class, students won’t feel singled out. So there are ways around not seeing. The same goes for raising children. I’ll have more on that subject in the future.
Everyone deserves some time away. While it’s not always affordable, you should jump on potential opportunities. Dishon and I have discussed the possibility of traveling abroad. There’s a touch of fear because we are both blind. Things can happen to anyone when traveling to unfamiliar territory. So do we hide under rocks, or go for it? The way I see it, we do not yet have children. So if we are going to travel, now is the time. FYI there are some very nice rates in the Bahamas in the month of May at the moment. For instance: I found a three bedroom three bathroom condo with a nightly rate of $500. Yes it sounds like a lot off the bat, but if you go with a few people and split it, it’s not nearly as bad.If you would like to know more about the resort I was looking at, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will hook you up. As far as we’re concerned, I will let you know if we make a trip abroad. If we stay on a resort, we will be just fine, don’t you think?
Every year at the NFB Convention of Colorado, a live auction and a silent auction are held in order to raise money for scholarships and youth programs. So how do we know what’s up for bids? There’s always a Braille and print list of the auction items and they are split so we know which items will be available for each separate auction. For the live auction portion, we are asked to not only state our bid, but our name, as well. As far as the silent auction is concerned, there are sighted people around to let people know what the highest bids are and to assist with writing bids on the list if needed. They will also describe items for people. It’s a lot of fun to bid. Yesterday, I bid on a pamper package that consists of hair products and two gift cards. I got it. We shall see if I bid on any other items.
Today I had a few things to get done. In the attached video, I will show you a method that is useful for anyone who cannot drive or does not have a car.
The answer is no. Is it easy for anyone? Is it easy to sit in traffic and dread what your boss will say if you’re late for work? It’s just as frustrating to wait for a bus in the snow and on top of that, it’s late more often than not. The National Federation of the Blind preaches on a constant basis on how the blind can lead independent lives like everyone else. That doesn’t mean it’s easy.Every blind person thinks to themselves at some point, “God, if I could just drive..” If Dishon and I can ever afford it, we have discussed buying a car and paying other people to drive it. It’s not because we have a problem taking the bus. It’s because there are situations in life that would be easier with a car. Going to the grocery store is a great example. Taking two children to the doctor is another one. But getting back to the original point of this ppost, just because we are capable of independents, doesn’t mean it’s always easy. Even the best parents in the world have tough days. So do we.
Would you like to see the rest of our home? Come on down to the basement.
Since the tour of our home was so long, I had to split it into two videos. So here is the first half. It covers the main floor. So come on in.
In the Constitution, one of the amendments says you have the right to bare arms. No arguments so far, right? Well, what about the blind? Currently, there is uproar in some areas when it comes to the blind having guns. A law may be passed that makes it illegal for blind people to have guns or have a permit for a gun. Some of you reading this may think “so what? What does a blind person need a gun for?” Sure it seems unsafe. But there are a plethora of sighted people who should never have access to a gun. You see stories of people on the news who kill people in public settings for no obvious reason. But everyone should have a right to defend themselves in bad situations. But how would a blind person aim a gun properly? If a predator is close enough to you, that makes a difference. Taking the chance from far away would be a reckless idea. Dishon owned a gun when he was sighted. Moreover, not every blind person is born blind. Even those who have been bbblind since birth could learn about guns if the general public was willing to teach.
Without e-mail, what would today’s society do? Without computers, how would anything get done? While there was a time when computers did not exist, computers is what we know today. Along with a computer comes access to the internet and, of course, e-mail. So what do the blind do in the area of computers and e-mail? Well, there are a number of screen readers available to the blind. The one I prefer to use is Jaws. This screen reader will not only read most (if not all) is on the screen, but it also coincides with short cuts one can use with their computer keyboard. So I can check my e-mail and use the computer in numerous ways thanks to Jaws. Another option for e-mail is my IPhone. Apple has worked very hard to make their products accessible. Since I, like most people, receive a lot of e-mail every day, it’s great to be able to check it on the go. One flick or double tap of the finger take you places very quickly. If you flick your finger upward on the title of an e-mail, you can delete it without opening it. Not that I do that to every e-mail that I receive. But once again, I’m going to invite you to ask me questions. You can either comment on a post or e-mail me at Jennifer@royaltyandhoney.com and I will do my best to answer. I promise to open your e-mail before deleting it.
Along with being a travel agent, I am able to sell memberships for a club known as Luxevo. Luxevo is a travel program that allows frequent travelers to access discounts for vacations that you can’t access anywhere else. Not only can you find discounts on cruises and some of the best resorts, but you can also find discounts on vacation rentals and have access to other discounts such as dining and going to the theatre. One might think, this must be so expensive. Actually, it’s not. If you travel regularly enough, it will be worth it. I know what you’re thinking. So tell us what it costs already. Okay, I’ve left you hanging long enough. All it costs is a one-time registration fee of $20 and a monthly fee of $19.95. If you are interested in a membership, please e-mail me at Jennifer@royaltyandhoney.com. You won’t regret it. Your dream vacation is just around the corner.