A Hooligans Shenanigans Night!


Right now, I just have time to post about interesting situations so here is one.. 🙂

Last Friday was a really good friend’s birthday.  We all went out to a few bars and had a few drinks. It was a blast. The birthday gal expressed a desire to go to Hooligans but knew that it had limited accessibility so told us it was okay not to go. It was myself, birthday girl (she was able-bodied), and then another really good friend in the wheelchair. So we go in and the aisle ways are really small but my friend in the chair manages just fine. She is forced to block a lot of the walking traffic paths but it’s not her fault, of course, that it’s not very accessible to individuals in wheelchairs. So she decides to go to the restroom and not 2 minutes later comes back and says, “Well, I guess I’m NOT going to the restroom then…” and then explains that the restroom is tiny and it’s not accessible. So I have driven her wheelchair before (given it was in daylight, I had a lot less vision loss, and I had no alcohol in my system at the time.) She asked me to help her so what we ended up doing was she drove the wheelchair into the bathroom, we had random strangers nearby hold the door open, I was forced to have them hold my Makiko (but they were right there so I could see them at all times and they were trapped so no worries), and then I had to squeeze by the chair to get INTO the chair, back the chair out of the restroom, while she went to the restroom, and then she came out of the restroom and got in her chair. If we hadn’t backed her chair out of the restroom it would have been blocking traffic and she wouldn’t have been able to get to the sink, etc. This bathroom was tiny and it had no accessible stalls, nothing. Now given it was probably a “historic establishment” and therefore exempt from some of the ADA but building an accessible bathroom would in no way devalue the restaurant. We are a college town and our school has one of the best offices for disability accommodations in the NATION, so why have a popular restaurant for college students so inaccessible? I will be politely giving feedback to Hooligans regarding this but just had to share. It’s kind of hilarious, I think, to think about a blind person who uses a guide dog, backing a wheelchair out of a very small doorway, while somebody else holds your guide dog and the guide dog looks at you like WHAT ARE YOU DOING? And the other random patrons acknowledging that you, the person who is legally blind, can drive a wheelchair better than they can.. and not to mention after having a few drinks. Anywho! 🙂 Fun times!

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

3 thoughts on “A Hooligans Shenanigans Night!”

  1. I have been reading your posts on a regular basis and just had to tell you what an inspiration you are. I love your positive attitude and admire how you look at life.
    Keep it up !
    I was recently diagnosed with RP I’m 49 years old next month.my eyesight is still good thank god and I’m hoping that in the near future something will come up to slow down deterioration./ cure for that matter ( just like everyone else). One question if I may. I see that you have no problem writing your blog but on the other hand you are you using a guide dog, would you please describe your vision ? I was just wondering? I hope I’m not being invasive. So, I’ve been living in Israel for over 30 years now so I might have some English errors pls excuse me in advance.
    Anyway, it will be great to hear from you
    Thanks
    Dalith

    1. Good Evening Dalith!

      I apologize that it took awhile for me to respond to you. I have been very busy with school. Thank you for your sweet comment about me being an inspiration. I do hope to touch other people’s lives through this blog. I have been blessed with resources and support so that I can have so much positivity and I can embrace my blindness and I want to share that same support, encouragement, and love with others to hopefully show individuals who are losing or have lost their sight that there are ways to still continue on and live an amazing life, show family members of individuals who are visually impaired that there is hope for integrating back into community etc after vision loss, and I want to show others who aren’t directly affected by blindness that we CAN do anything that you all do (except drive), we just have to do it a little bit different sometimes.

      There are several studies happening, I was in one and actually mentioned it on an early blog, about medical treatments and clinical studies that are being researched right now to see if they can stop the deteriorating of RP. As I’m sure you now, the only real thing that has been proven to help is Vitamin A.

      Thank you SO much for asking that question.. it’s an excellent question. Actually, I’m going to write a blog post about that because I’m sure others have the same question. Please look for it.. it will be posted later tonight. You’re not being invasive at all, I am an open book and I want others to ask these kinds of questions and learn. That’s one of the big purposes for this blog. Also, your English is wonderful.. and even if it wasn’t, I’m not here to judge. 🙂

      Hope you’ll read my new blog post and please do let me know if you have any additional questions. I’d love to answer any and all you got. 🙂

      Sincerely,
      Jessica

      1. Hi,
        Thanks for your detailed response. You are sweet. Loved your description of me being middle aged … It’s so funny I never think of myself as being that although I am of course😄.. The fact that my kids are still young keeps me in a different state of mind I guess..
        Also, re my English , I’m an American born and that’s why I hope my English is still good.
        Take care for now and keep writing
        Dalith

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