On August 11, I will be walking across the stage. On my RSVP for my own graduation, I indicated that I did have a disability (“low vision”) and that I would need to make sure I was aware of any possible obstacles as I was not planning to walk across the stage with my cane. While I am becoming way more comfortable with my cane, I choose to walk across the stage without it and I feel this is perfectly acceptable. It is a tool.. a mobility tool. And while some may feel they do not have the choice to choose when they use their tool and when they don’t (whether it be a cane, wheelchair, etc), right now in this certain situation I do feel I have that choice.
However, I have been anxious about this day for a while now. Why? Because there are stairs going up the stage.. there are bright lights cross the stage and a few hands I have to shake, and there are also stairs going down the stage. Anybody that hangs out with me a lot knows I tend to avoid stairs and they are most certainly not my friend. Elevators are way more friendly to me, but in this situation I, of course, cannot opt for that option.
I hope that in that matter of about 20 seconds, I can manage to go up the stairs, walk across the stage, shake the hands and pose for the picture, and walk down the stairs. We shall see. I’ll keep you updated.
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