What Is Normal?

by Chelsey Zumpano

I hate the word normal! It implies you have to be a certain way or there’s something wrong with you! I use average because it’s a spectrum. If I’m going to say somethings “normal,” I’ll usually say it’s “my normal” because that thing or situation is my experience. Another reason I don’t say “normal” is because it generalizes a situation or group of people.

Much like lables “being normal” puts pressure on us. My advice to anyone who’s struggling right now is to be yourself and be kind to others, try to understand what others are going through. Being kind to others is hard for some people to do and that’s not okay! The same going for understanding what people are going through! My personal opinion is that as long as no one is hurting anyone, then just let them live their life and give them some respect.

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Happy Thanks Giving and What I’m Thankful For Part 3

by Chelsey Zumpano

I’m writing this while the delicious smell of turkey fills my house. Here’s another list of what I’m thankful for.

1 I’m surrounded by a loving family. My family is all healthy and happy.

2 My animals may drive us all crazy sometimes, but I love them anyway.

4 That I have a ruth over my head and food to eat.

5 I’m thankful for this Blog and YouTube and that I’m able to educate and help people with every new post.

6 I’m thankful for every new follower, like, subscriber, comment, and share.

7 I’m thankful for my vision and the fact that being legally blind means I get to help others in our community.

8 My cane helps me get around and for people to recognize me as blind.

9 My coping skills for my anxiety is something I’m extremely grateful for.

10 The fact I will be applying for a guide dog very soon.

Tell me what your thankful for in the comments.

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An Idea To Help Us Blind and Others With Disabilities During Disasters! #LetsStartTheConversation

by Chelsey Zumpano

With all the fires going on here in California: there needs to be something to help us with disabilities! A lot of us with disabilities can’t drive and there for when something like these fires are going on we can get traped! We need a service that can come check on us during an emergency and make sure we have some way to get out, then if not they can provide a ride to a safe place.

This service can be provided if your on social security, (SSI and SSD), if you were recently released from the hospital after surgery or some other health problem that means it would make it hard to leave in a hurry, people that have a Dial-A-Ride card, people who are in a wheel chair, people who have a seeing-eye-cane, people who have a service dog or emotional support animal, and more.

You might be wondering, “but how is this going to work?” It would be a volunteer service and the volunteers would check on the clients during a voluntary evacuation and if the client wanted to leave then they’d take them to somewhere safe, (which could be the volunteers’ home). We’d spread the word about this service at all different organizations.

In the mean time here is a list of things you can pack in an emergency!

1 water

2 nonperishaple food

3 gummy candy/something sweet for low blood sugar

4 first aid kit

5 a pair of PJs

flashlight and batteries, (even if your blind because you can use it to get others attention).

7 extra food/water for your service dog

My prayers and thoughts go out to everyone who has been effected by the fires. I hope this is helpful and if anyone does want to help me with this project send an email to:

viblindresources@gmail.com

An orange, blue, and yellow cane leaning against a wall that is white on the bottom and blue on the top.

An Interview with Meghan the Cane

by Chelsey Zumpano

An orange, blue, and yellow cane leaning against a wall that is white on the bottom and blue on the top.

(Picture credit goes to Chelsey Zumpano).

In honor of white cane day being on October 15th: I decided to interview my cane.

1 Welcome, Meghan tell me a little about yourself?

I’m a Seeing Eye Cane and my name is Meghan. You can also call me Meg, or Cane, but never Stick! To me being called stick just sounds disgusting and that’s just not what I am! I’m only a few months old, but that doesn’t mean I don’t move as fast as Chelsey’s previous canes, ′Fred and George′.

2 What’s your favorite part about working with me?

I get to be on camera and I love that we can go anywhere, also that I help people notice you more.

3 What’s your favorite place we’ve gone so far and where would you like to go?

I loved going to the pumpkin patch and seeing all the animals. I would really love to go skate boarding.

4 What do you think about the fact that you’re colorful?

I love it! It means I’m more noticeable and little kids love me. I think we cane’s should be able to be whatever color our humans’ want’, ′not just the traditional white′, because everyone is different and our inside’s should match our outside’s.

And there you have it strate from a cane herself! You will be seeing more of Meg because I wrote a book about her. It’s going to be called “Meghan the Seeing Eye Cane,” But we aren’t sure of the release date yet.

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