The Road Without Barriers Posts

I’d like to congratuate those athletes who participated in Raleigh 70.3 Ironman yesterday, despite the blazing heat they had to suffer through.  Quite a few wound up on EMT stretchers due to the heat. Luckily, none of those I know personally did, as far as I know. I’d also like to congratulate Mike Coursen, who trains me on the CompuTrainer at Podium Multisport in Cornelius for making 41th place in Age Group–Male and 291st place in Overall!  And to Jonathan Blackley, my guide for my first 70.3 Ironman in Augusta this September, for making 48th place in Age Group–Male and…

On Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at the Marriott at Research Triangle Park Hotelin Durham, NC, the Relay NC 25th Anniversary Gala commenced with the theme of “Hollywood.” Before the presentation began, I had the opportunity to greet many of my connections in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community here in NC that were also in attendance.  While going around, I decided to get a photo shot done before the line got too long. The presentation that was given reflected on the 25 years of Relay Service and how it was originally set up back in the 90s through legislation.…

Please be aware that as of today, the NCDBA Camp Dogwood Deaf-Blind Weekend is now FULL for campers staying on campus.  Any applications received after today will be returned and Camp already has a mailing list. However, there is a second option for the first time this year–Day Campers.  You can apply for $75, but you are responsible for your own lodgings off-campus, transportation to and from lodgings, and SSPs.

Back in January, I watched Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens live in theater at the Regal Birkdale Stadium 16 and RPX Theater.  I would have watched it in December when it first came out, but the challenge in providing access for DeafBlind patrons is due to the pace of such a film, interpreters would need to be able to watch it themselves first.  We watched the movie in Regal Cinema’s RPX screening of the show. Interpreting Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens live in a theater is very challenging and exhausting for both the consumer and the interpreters…

A month ago, I visited a group of second graders at Hope Academy as a guest speaker.  I was invited to speak since the children were learning about Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan and they wanted a role model to show the kids that dual-sensory challenges doesn’t mean you cannot be full members of society. I was still recovering from a sinus infection I received after returning from Florida a week before, and nearly lost my voice the day before my guest speaking appointment, so it hurt to talk most of the time.  During this time, I gave a short…

During my first ever trip to the sunshine state, I got the chance to learn how to skateboard.  The video below is the second time I was on the skateboard, where I was finally getting the hang of it. [fbvideo link=”https://www.facebook.com/theroadwithoutbarriers/videos/1114535468598457/”]

At the Better Together celebration at the Knight Theater in Uptown Charlotte on Monday, March 21, 2016, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte debutted a video they’ve been working about me and my first sprint triathlon last year.  See the video below.

On March 10-13, 2016, I attended the North Carolina Deaf-Blind Associates (NCDBA) Conference at the ClamDigger Inn in Atlantic Beach, NC. This year’s conference had the Touch Communication Workshop that Marilyn Trader and Ashley Benton presented in November at Blue Ridge Community College–this time, nearly 30 DeafBlind participants had the opportunity to learn more about touch signals.  I even had the opportunity to get further used to them. I even attended a workshop by John Sherwood and Donna Platt regarding the NC Text to 911 Program.  This program is not fully established yet in the entirety of the geographic region…

At the Charlotte Hornets vs. Denver Nuggets basketball game on Mar19th, 2016 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, I participated in the Zumba Half-Time Performance with about 200 other dancers! This was my second time at the Arena–the last time being around five years ago when it was still the Bobcats Arena.  At that time, the sound system had very good bass at which I could feel the vibrations even on the second level.  however, they’ve since changed the arena such that it is now more concert friendly–this makes it difficult for me to pick up the bass…

The 2016 ChallengeWalk for the National MS Society at Savannah, GA was my first experience doing something like this.  Despite the blisters and callouses, I would have gamed on if the medical staff hadn’t recommended to me–strongly, I might add–that I take it easy on Day 2 after that six miles of suffering and done the full 50 miles.  In the end, I managed to get 37.5 miles of the official course, but my Fitbit Charge HR wristband actually counted a total of 45 miles for those three days! Walking in Downtown Savannah was quite a nightmare with all those…