Hannah’s Story – ‘I was never even asked if I wanted help! ‘

I’ve not even been using a long cane for two weeks and already have a story! I had been out and was on my way home, so headed to the crossing, went to put my hand where the spinner is, when someone to my left said something to me. I didn’t hear as I’m also moderately to severely deaf in both ears. Then as the spinner went, i put my cane back in the right hand and felt her touch my arm as I went to walk. As I was moving forward and she hadn’t (I presume), it felt like a pull. It really angered me as I’m obviously trained so am fully aware how to cross the road safely. I was never even asked if I wanted help! 

Author: Hannah Mason-Bish

Criminologist and Co-Director of Centre for Gender Studies at University of Sussex

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