Miso Goes to Class: Navigating UCLA as a visually impaired student

Miso Goes to Class: Navigating UCLA as a visually impaired student

January 26, 2020 0 By Stanley Isaacs


A title: LIVE WELL- UCLA’s Healthy Campus
Initiative My name is Miso Kwak and I’m a third year
undergrad student at UCLA. As a blind student, one of the most frequent questions I get asked
is “how do you know where you’re going when you cannot see?” Um so this video aims to
show how I use my white cane and different environmental cues such as sound and texture
of the ground to demonstrate how a blind person can navigate independently and successfully.
So thank you for watching and I hope this answers your questions. The screen is split into two halves. The left half of the screen captures the view in front of Miso. The right half of the screen captures Miso from behind, demonstrating the path she takes. I’m on my way to school. So from here I can
start hearing traffic to my far right and I know that, this lets me know that I’m approaching
the crosswalk pretty soon. So I believe this is the only crosswalk on campus that has the audio signal and I’m not sure if it’s picking up on our recorder but it makes a different
sound when the walk sign is on. So another thing that I pay attention to is the terrain
of the ground. So for instance, here it’s like a down hill. Once the down slope stops
to the flat ground, I know that I’m in the middle of Bruin Plaza where there is a parking
lot, gym, bear and things like that. It sounds like the parking lot is to my left and I can
hear construction on my right, which is all a good indication that I’m traveling the right
path. I think I hear a vehicle to my right so I’ll have to kinda watch out for that. So from here, I’m now going uphill. And to my left, at this part of campus, I always
hear– I don’t know what it is– but it’s like a machine sound to my left and it’s always
been there, ever since I was at UCLA. And this is actually really helpful for me
in terms of knowing where I am. So yeah we have arrived at the stairs going up to the
Bruinwalk and I get asked a lot if I count my steps or stairs but I actually never do
for the most part. I’m really bad at counting. But I always pay attention to the unique characteristics
of each place. So what is unique about this place is that there are steps and then flat
ground then steps again then flat ground. And I don’t think there’s any other place
on campus that’s like this. So this is something unique about the end of Bruinwalk stairs. So here I’m going to make a right. Follow the grass to my right. So yeah, I have successfully arrived at the building I am having a class in this morning.