I work in the downtown core and would regularly see this young woman either going to work or from work. I remember how nervous I was for her, being that she was clearly blind and there was no one there to help her. It didn't take me long to realize that she wasn't in need of help or in any way "helpless". She navigated the streets just as well as I did and better than a lot of others I have seen downtown walking the streets. One day she happened to be in front of me as I walked from Brunswick Street to Barrington Street and I can use no other word than to say I was in awe of her. She knew where she was going, she was street/traffic smart. There was never at any point that I saw her waiver or that she appeared to be nervous or unsure of herself, which is why when after hearing the story on the radio and then catching it on the evening news and seeing her face, I have no other words to say than that I was shocked. How could someone who could not see but yet navigate the city the way she did get "turned around" when all she was doing was simply getting out of a cab that was letting her off right in front of her home? Something is missing here, whether she had a few drinks, was intoxicated or not. It just doesn't make sense and it never did.
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