My first blog post. Welcome to anyone out there reading it!
If you’ve read the ‘about’ page, you’ll know that I work as an Orientation & Mobility (O&M) Specialist in Australia. If you don’t know what an O&M Specialist is, well, basically we teach people who are blind or have low vision the skills of independent mobility. This includes the use of mobility aids such as the long cane – hence the title of my blog!
‘A journey to independence’ is also relevant to my doctoral research. I am currently investigating the early introduction of long canes to very young children. I’m using a Symbolic Interactionist approach, which I must confess I’d never heard of until I started reading up on qualitative research designs. I am really interested in how people who use long canes (especially children) feel about using the aid. Symbolic Interactionism looks at how people make sense of their world, and how our behaviour and roles in society are influenced by social engagement with others. (in a nutshell! more about this later)
so this blog is an attempt to get me through my thesis and to connect with others out there who might be interested in these issues.
Must admit I’m a bit nervous about my first post 🙂
Oh, and if anyone knows a good link to Symbolic Interactionism, please let me know so I can add it to the blogroll!