Blind student experiences difficulties at ASU

- Being a new student on a new college campus can be tough, but for one student at Arizona State University, there is an extra challenge of not being able to see.

for 26-year-old Joey Hagemeier, he navigates through ASU's campus in Downtown Phoenix with his long walking cane.

"This cane does resemble how independent I am as a blind person," said Hagemeier. "It's freedom for me, because I can go where I want to with this long, white cane."

The came protects Hagemeier from what he can't see, and he considers himself no different than his peers with sight. Hagemeier, however, said students in his dorm hall aren't being considerate, and that's a struggle.

"I feel like people aren't paying attention as I'm walking through with my cane, and it's kinda discouraging," said Hagemeier.

Time after Time, Hagemeier has taken his concerns to the Taylor Place Facebook group, but yet, he feels like students just don't care.

"Either they're walking over it like it's a chord on the group, tripping, or kicking it off the ground like it's debris," said Hagemeier, who said the behavior is a threat to his freedom and way of life.

"If they break the cane, then it's me stranded with nowhere to go until it gets replaced," said Hagemeier, who is hoping to raise awareness. He said there are students just like him who also deserve that level of respect.

 

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