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Accessibility and Travel: Exploring Planes, Trains, and Canes

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Led by O&M Specialist and visually impaired international traveler, Peter Parsons, this program explores Orientation and Mobility in the context of international travel. Designed for students who are interested in thinking beyond local experiences with O&M, this series introduces the vlog, Planes, Trains, and Canes, which features Professor Mona Minkara’s solo adventures as a blind traveler in Johannesburg, London, Istanbul, Singapore, and Tokyo. During each 45 minute session, students will go through an episode of the vlog together and follow up with a group discussion about the accessibility topics raised, and the differences encountered in each city. Dr. Minkara sets a great example of effective communication, self advocacy, and technology skills as she documents her travels. Students will leave this program with a broadened sense of what to expect, and how to be prepared for, the use of public transportation in urban and international travel.

Check out the Planes, Trains, and Canes website for more information.