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Please Don’t Park On The Blue Stripes


Yesterday I came to AUM to take a test. My personal assistant parked in a van accessible spot, the one with an extra space beside it with blue lines painted through it, so no one could park close by. The extra space allows me, as a wheelchair user, to get in my vehicle. After I went to class and aced my test, I rolled back out to my truck. There was a car parked in the extra non-parking area beside me. My truck door would not open because of said car, so my personal assistant had to pull into the street while I sat on the sidewalk by myself. It is a good thing the AUM police were nearby to stop traffic while I loaded.  It’s unsafe for wheelchair users to have to be loaded in the middle of traffic. To learn more, read this article and make sure you watch my epic video.


Article about accessible parking rules


Note: Since I am blind, I use Switch Control with the voice activated.

I hate when someone sends me an emoji,  because I am blind. It’s not that I just don’t like them. It is because the text to speech I am listening to tells me what the emojis are, and not what they are supposed to mean. That is why I hate emojis.

It just makes communicating difficult. I get that they can be a shortcut for some people, but not for me. For sighted people, they can look at the emoji and determine its meaning. However, for me, I hear I description of what the emoji is, and I’m having to figure out the meaning. It becomes a lengthier process than explicitly telling me what is meant.

I lag in the conversation when people use emojis.  Some people hate to ask me to repeat myself when they can’t hear my whisper.  It’s just the same thing for me, I hate having to type “what?” When I get an emoji sent to me. Good use of emojis is when they are just an emotion response, but not part of regular writing to substitute for words in full sentences.

That’s all I’ve got to say about that.

Ok hand.👌