Parents without cars.

This will be a series in which I go over a lot of the different items and strategies that have helped me as a deaf/blind parent without a car.  Being without a car changed how I approached different situations when my tadpole was younger. 

I remember when my kiddo was just a baby and I had a frustrating time trying to find ideas or suggestions of how parents dealt without a car. At the time, it seemed like no one online had anything to say about it! Seriously, how do parents in large cities deal with taxis and car seats? What do you do when you have to walk everywhere? Part of my inspiration for starting this site stemmed from that frustration.  I didn't want for people to constantly have to reinvent the wheel when we can just share our experiences.  My goal is to help out fellow parents and hopefully give you some ideas.

Car seat with built in stroller!!! Where was this when my kiddo was a baby? Oh man...

Car seat with built in stroller!!! Where was this when my kiddo was a baby? Oh man...

Parents who do not drive or do not have a car for whatever reason (disability, live in a city with great public transport, financial reasons, etc.) definitely have to be stricter with what they allow into their diaper bags and how they plan out their days/trips.  Also, we have to sometimes think outside the box with car seats, strollers, etc. Imagine if you had to lug around a car seat because you were bouncing from a cab to the store, then in a friend's car on the way home.  It gets interesting!

Please follow along as I go over what I packed as a mom of a baby, what types of car seats I used, and what strollers I put through the wringer.  Please note that this is just my experience that I'm willing to share for ideas and chuckles:-]

Introduction to Deaf/Blind Froggie

Hello, folks. My name is Lindsay and I have Usher Syndrome: basically it means I am hearing impaired and legally blind. Funny thing about blindness and deafness, there are about a million degrees of each (no, I don't exaggerate much, why do you ask?).  An easier way to think about it would be to consider a spectrum. Let's use blindness as the example: one end contains people with perfect vision, the other end contains people who are completely blind, then there's a whole crowd of people in the middle all along the line varying from mildly affected to almost completely sightless. I am probably about ¾ of the way or so along the line, closer to the blind end. Not a bad place to be:-] Now use the spectrum idea and apply it to deafness: I'm probably somewhere in the middle to ¾ of the way along the line. It's important to understand that all blindness/deafness is not created equal. The way one person sees is not how another person sees, also how one person adapts is not necessarily the way another person adapts. Of course, you can apply this to all disabilities in a way, but I have a personal relationship with deafness/blindness so I can only claim expertise in those areas. Okay? I am always fascinated with how others adapt to their disabilities, so if you'd like to share, I'd love to hear your stories in the comments or in an email.

I am not sure what people want to know from me regarding this topic, so I'm taking a highly sophisticated approach: whatever comes to my mind I'll share. What do you think?

In this area of my blog, I plan to share my story, different ways I adapt to my environment, and anything else I believe might be helpful to someone else going through this, a similar experience, or their loved ones looking for help.

I hope you enjoy my blog, but more importantly, I really hope it's helpful to someone!