With help from Orientation Mobility Specialist Judy Sweeney and Bradshaw's neighbor Judy Jordan, the mayor walked the city streets Monday morning with a blindfold on to get a first-hand experience of what it is like to be visually impaired.
Bradshaw, Jordan and Sweeney walked to the Brazil Public Library and The Brazil Times during the trek.
"It's kind of the unknown," Bradshaw said.
Sweeney, who is self-employed and based in Terre Haute, said Bradshaw was the first official in the area to agree to go through the process.
"Fear is the biggest factor," Sweeney said. "Your city was willing to participate."
Bradshaw said the experience was worth it.
"I feel like today I have a whole lot more respect for a person who is blind," she said. "It's quite an experience."
Bradshaw said Sweeney and Jordan guided her to the library. Walking the steps of the building were rather difficult.
She didn't run into any obstructions, but attributed that to having Sweeney serve as her guide.
"It was scary," Bradshaw said. "I had to put my total trust in her. She was my guide."
Bradshaw said her other senses became much more prominent while going through the process.
"I think that's because you're more focused on it," Bradshaw said.
Jordan -- who attends the Low Vision Support Group of Clay County -- convinced Bradshaw to take part.
"It's was to make awareness of the visually impaired Clay County people," Jordan said. "I wanted (Bradshaw) to see how difficult it was to get around."
The support group meets regularly on the second Wednesday of each month at the United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m.
Bradshaw will be the featured speaker for the Aug. 11, meeting.