An orientation and mobility specialist comes walking with me on my regular paths until I am confident enough to walk them on my own. She teaches me how to use the long cane, hear and read traffic, read the footpath, and take the safest route. I only use the long cane in unfamiliar places and busy places like airports and shopping centres. I have the choice of using the pram or the long cane. I much prefer to use the pram. I have a sign on the front of my pram to let people know that I have low vision. I can see the boundaries of the footpath, roads, grass and gutters. I can see obstacles, however if obstacles are a similar colour to the footpath or the surface, I may have trouble seeing it.
I can confidently walk to and get around our local shopping centre. I am able to get a couple of things from the supermarket if I need to. I can walk to the local library and Cameron’s work as well. My next goal with my orientation and mobility specialist is to catch the bus into Bendigo, which is about 8 km from where we live. I would like to take Archer swimming!