In this episode Mona visits Tokyo, Japan.
Well I have to say that Japan is at the top of the list when it comes to accessibility. The sound cues in the train stations and on crosswalks are very helpful and the cane guides are very well placed. The people in Tokyo are very helpful.
I enjoyed this episode and all the technology in it. I hope that every city will learn from Tokyo and improve the accessibility.
In the fourth episode Mona visits Singapore.
I think that Singapore is definitely more advanced when it comes to accessibility. I know that one of the previous cities she visited also had cane guides but the ones in Singapore were more helpful.
I think it is cool how she is not afraid to explore a new place and she finds a way to reach each destination.
I dont have much else to say regarding this episode. I really enjoyed it a lot.
In episode 3 of Planes Trains and Canes Mona visits Istanbul Turkey.
I like that this episode really shows the reality of what it is like to travel as a person who is blind. There is nothing wrong with asking for help. It is better to be safe than sorry. We also see how the lack of accessibility can really hinder a person who is blind or visually impaired. This makes me appreciate the clear and accessible sidewalks and crosswalks in the cities across the U.S. There is still room for improvement but it is better than other places around the world.
The public transportation is actually rather accessible so that is a good thing. The people in this city are very helpful and do seem to understand what the white cane is for.
It was fun getting to explore Istanbul.
In the second episode Mona makes her way to London.
The first thing that jumps out at me in this episode is the way that blind or visually impaired people are perceived by the sighted. We are seen as helpless many times. People assume that we can’t be independent. Mona has someone with her for filming purposes but not for assistance yet people will usually assume the opposite. Everyone sighted or not will need directions once in a while, the act of asking for directions does not make a person helpless.
This misconception is even more evident by the way Mona is treated by staff in the London train station. It is interesting to see how they almost force a person with a disability to use the assistance. This only furthers the assumption that assistance is always needed and that people with a disability are not independent. I am glad that she was allowed to continue on her own but there is still a lot of educating that needs to be done on this issue.
I enjoyed this episode and having the chance to explore London with great audio description. The important point to take from this is to stop assuming that a blind or visually impaired person always automatically needs help. Give them that freedom to ask if they need it.
Planes Trains and Canes is a mini documentary series by blind scientist and bioengineering professor Mona Minkara. In this series she documents her experiences as she travels independently to various countries.
I found this documentary very informative and a great real life picture of what it is like to travel as a person who is blind. I will be sharing my reaction to each episode during the next several weeks.
In the first episode she travels from Boston to Johannesburg.
One of the first things that jumped out to me was the excellent audio description. A person who is blind or visually impaired will know exactly what is going on in the video. I also appreciate that Mona gives her own tips for getting around independently. She has someone along side her for filming purposes but she rarely relies on them for directions.
I like how that flight attended was very descriptive on the flight from Boston to Atlanta.
In her flight to Johannesburg she highlights some accessibility issues when interacting with a touch screen but the flight attendant is very helpful and offers a solution that still let’s her remain independent.
It is also interesting to see her interactions with people along her way through airports and train stations. People are still willing to help out there and that has been my experience when out and about as well.
There are always those that are hesitant to help or that may not know what the white cane is for especially in other countries but Mona is great at advocating for herself and speaking up when she needs help.
I enjoyed this episode over all. She encourages me to get out there and try new things and go on adventures. Watch the entire episode to see all the fun adventures.
Come back next week on Wednesday to read my reaction to episode two.