(Introduction music) Getting around, shopping ordering food a bit trickier
when you can’t see, I’ve done that all my life People ask me what it’s like. Some people
try hard to help, others just don’t see me. And some people, well they just don’t
know what to do. Hi, Im Graeme, walk with me through my day. (upbeat music) You’ll be pleased to hear that I don’t drive, so, I
catch a lot of public transport. I’ve always got Arrow, my guide dog, or my white cane with me. Whoops! That was awkward. You don’t have to give up your seat for me
but if you’re sitting in the accessible seating, I may just join you. Give Arrow and I a bit of space when we are getting on and off the train or bus. It’s safer for you and me. Arrow is a working dog, like any other dog she loves a pat or a treat. But it actually distracts her when she’s walking, and that can be dangerous
for the both of us. Trolleys are a real challenge, they can break my cane easily. A broken cane means end of trip and a taxi home. People looking down at their phones, we’ll your seeing about as much as me. That won’t end well. If you see someone with a white cane or a guide dog.
Please watch where you’re going. Remember, we’re not watching. Yeah well trying to help, but grabbing my arm or cane! Hey! I’m a person not a piece of furniture to be pushed or pulled. Offer to let me take your arm. Oh god bless her. If I’m ordering food,
remember, I can’t see the menu. I can’t see where you’re pointing, let alone how far you’re pointing to. Saying right, left or behind really works well. Thanks for walking with me through my day, we’re stronger as one Australia. Inclusion is about you and I.
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Don’t DIS my ABILITY – Day in the life
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2 thoughts on “Don’t DIS my ABILITY – Day in the life

  • November 26, 2015 at 6:43 pm
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    We take a lot for granted…..Don't we?????

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  • January 14, 2016 at 5:43 am
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    I'm sighted and have similar problems with people not looking where they're going, walking out of shops without looking etc! Obviously much worse for blind people. I reckon the problem is that most people don't think outside their own little world very much unless the issue is right in their face and they're forced to act on it. Not enough compassion in the world for my liking. Thanks to Graeme and the DFCS of NSW for doing this. This should be Australia wide or world wide!

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