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Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Road to Independence

Nancy, Laurel and Audrey in front of CARTA


Here I am with fellow Dixie Land officers Nancy Moore (with guide Giza) and Audrey Gunter (with guide Jesse) as we pose in front of CARTA, the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority.

Nancy, Audrey and I recently had the privilege of speaking to CARTA drivers. It was a joy for me personally, to have the opportunity to thank some of the folks who make it possible for us in the blindness community to stay "on the road to independence." Public transportation allows us the dignity of independent travel at a rate more reasonable than that of a personal driver. Whether traveling to Walmart for routine shopping, or heading to the airport to catch a flight to a musical engagement, I absolutely love public transportation and paratransit!

The drivers asked us a lot of really great questions, including how they could be of better help to those of us who don't see. We exchanged a lot of funny stories, and shared a lot of laughs, too.

My thanks to CARTA, Dixie Land GDU, and the Charleston, SC Association for the Blind for making me part of this three-day set of educational workshops.

Thank God, and thank you, for your ongoing prayers and support. You help keep my ministry and its outreach growing and going!

© 2011 by Laurel Jean Walden

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God has blessed me with a Music Ministry that is still ongoing and growing after twenty-plus years. This includes my outreach promoting Braille Literacy in the Christian venue, and my recently-founded Children's Chaplaincy for blind youth. To make things a bit more interesting, I have also been blind since birth. I consider my blindness to be a unique gift from God, an opportunity to serve as an ambassador among blind and sighted folks of all ages, on all walks of life. To learn more about my work, from South Carolina to Central Illinois and beyond, please visit my Web site, and be sure to stay tuned to my Blog!