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Mayor takes part in experiment

Monday, August 2, 2010

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Orientation Mobility Specialist Judy Sweeney helps a blindfolded Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw on her way to the Brazil Public Library.
For a portion of Monday, Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw was blind.

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.


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i am sure glad she did not fall due to some of brazils worst sidewalks.

-- Posted by nobob on Mon, Aug 2, 2010, at 10:56 PM

Thank you for taking part, mayor. It is very important that we are aware of people with disabilities and promote their contributions to our community. Thanks again!!

-- Posted by brazilbooster on Tue, Aug 3, 2010, at 5:08 AM

At least she won't see the huge hole in the road or gaping crack in the sidewalk she is about to fall in.

-- Posted by Schraderfan on Tue, Aug 3, 2010, at 7:27 AM

~Feel the love...~

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Tue, Aug 3, 2010, at 9:27 AM

Thanks Lady Mayor for participating, classes up the city when our Mayor is the first to participate in a worthwhile program.

-- Posted by Edward Kane on Tue, Aug 3, 2010, at 9:30 AM

Classes up the city ?? Give me a break. This town wouldn't know class if it bit it in the butt. Getting rid of the low lifes would help a bunch. Maybe weed eating the sidewalks & curbs, getting unlicensed people off the streets with their mopeds, shall I continue? The list would be endless.

-- Posted by outsider101 on Tue, Aug 3, 2010, at 12:20 PM

I think it is great that the Mayor has done this. Outsider, what are you doing to make the city you have chosen to live in a better and classier place? It is very easy to critisize but it is a learning experience to fact find, get involved and make the positive changes you would like to see.

-- Posted by Mutchie on Tue, Aug 3, 2010, at 1:07 PM

I think it was a good thing that that the Mayor did. She now has some idea what a visual impaired person faces everyday.

-- Posted by th1953 on Tue, Aug 3, 2010, at 6:40 PM

Not ALL people who ride mopeds are unlicensed outsider 101. Some people ride them to save the gas in their vehicles!

-- Posted by bandmom_63 on Tue, Aug 3, 2010, at 7:26 PM

I agree with outsider101 and Schraderfan...

-- Posted by no1special on Tue, Aug 3, 2010, at 8:41 PM

Good thing she didn't walk down Mechanic St. She would've tripped over the cracks in the sidewalk that my kids do....or perhaps she might have fallen face first in some of the potholes. Certainly, this whole thing must've been rigged....that or the guide had to constantly state where the next trip hazard was. Now maybe some of the sidewalks that have been supposedly "on the list" to be fixed for the past 4 years will get some attention??? Probably not....thanks a lot mayor!

-- Posted by always skeptical on Wed, Aug 4, 2010, at 2:32 AM

Anyone who trips on crack deserves to fall face first in a pot hole. Mechanic Streets not the only street with crack. (One person I knew of on that street tripped one too many times.) Try checking almost any POS that rolls along Brazil streets through the night with five or six people in it. Crack, crack, crack. Anyone out after 10 p.m is up to no good, unless of course they are working, which I doubt that.

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Wed, Aug 4, 2010, at 8:24 AM

DANG, DAG .. that was overboard even for you! I believe SKEPTICAL said "tripped over THE cracks", not "trips on crack" .. lol .. totally different meaning. ; )

"Anyone out after 10p is up to no good, unless of course they are working, which I doubt that." ??? Are you serious? As a grown woman, I've been out many times past 10p AND did some good even! Oh, and I also work.

DAG .. you're a hoot!

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Aug 4, 2010, at 11:26 AM

Gosh, I must live in a cave! What does POS mean?

And yes, that was funny Emmes!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Aug 4, 2010, at 11:52 AM

POS= piece of S**T.

-- Posted by karenmeister on Wed, Aug 4, 2010, at 12:43 PM

LOL outsider must not have a license since that person is so well informed ,maybe hes the one i just passed riding his moped

-- Posted by brazil citizen on Wed, Aug 4, 2010, at 4:28 PM

Seems like "Dag" has crack on their mind....My kids are all under 12 and do not roam the streets at night like many of the vagrants around town. Point is, our streets and sidewalks suck. I have personally been told by Bradshaw (and the previous mayor...whatever his name was...) that my sidewalk in particular would be fixed (for the past 4 years). That is all I am trying to say, so please go on and smoke your crack since that is what seems to be on your mind.....lol!

-- Posted by always skeptical on Wed, Aug 4, 2010, at 6:26 PM

What a bunch of cry babys. Go get something to do

-- Posted by Thorn44 on Thu, Aug 5, 2010, at 11:27 PM

talk about the blind leading the blind.

-- Posted by I<3pwnage on Fri, Aug 6, 2010, at 11:36 AM


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