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I’m Disabled. Please Help Me.

I’m Disabled. Please Help Me.

One cold November morning, I was on Seventh Avenue and 50th Street in Manhattan, on my way to a Dunkin’ Donuts. For most people, such an excursion is not a particularly exciting part of the day. But when you are almost blind, as I am, the expedition has a certain complexity. I knew the shop was somewhere just past the northeast corner on 50th, but when I got there, I could not identify the correct storefront. The cane I walk with can prevent me from slamming into a wall or tumbling down a staircase, but it can’t distinguish a donut shop from an Indian restaurant or a dry cleaner. I wandered back and forth, hoping a whiff of chocolate would guide me to the right doorway. No luck. I was stranded on the street, unable to find my way but also unwilling to return to my hotel sans latte. Obviously, I had to seek help. But doing so has always made me feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, and vulnerable—potential quarry of the unscrupulous and uncaring. I made …