A day in the driver’s seat

Cass, a young woman is sitting on a Harley motorbike. She is smiling and it is a lovely sunny day. She is wearing a kick-ass biker jacket, jeans and black shiny helmet, and she looks cool as. Behind her is a parked car and lush greenery.

“A little left” said Tony in that same calm tone I had grown used to over the past twenty minutes. In that time, we had become a well-oiled machine. Tony carefully directing me around Sandown Park, and me following his every word intently. “A little right, a little more, more more more…” the car juddered […]

Taking to the Skies with Cora

As I have previously shared, one of the best parts of guide dog mobility for me is the sense of freedom, confidence and independence it brings. When this extends to brand new destinations, it is something special. I love seeing Cora flourish in totally new places. Having her stop perfectly at a kerb on an […]

“And she’s buying an accessible ramp to Heaven…”

Did that fall a little flat? I am not a natural musician, so I will stick to writing blogs and leave the song lyrics to Led Zeppelin and other sharp musical types. And on that note, welcome to another edition of Cass’s contemplations! This post is going to have a serious tone again, but I […]

Little Miss Understood

by Cass Embling Welcome back! While my last post was quite sweet and light-hearted, this one is probably going to be a little heavier and hopefully more thought-provoking. For quite some time now, I have wanted to share some of the assumptions, biases and misconceptions we often face in our day-to-day lives as people who […]

The Tail of Cass and Cora

Well well well, here we are. I have been promising that I would tell you more about my guide dog Cora, and the time has finally arrived. I am also going to share more about guide dog mobility in general too. In Australia, the breed that is most commonly trained to be guide dogs is […]

Cane versus canine

By Cass Embling As I have explained in an earlier post, canes and guide dogs are both primary mobility aids. This means that someone who is blind would usually rely on one or other of these to get around. In this post, I am going to delve into why someone would choose a cane over […]

A Closer Look at the World Around Us

So, I’m curious… Did you notice the different smells of places you have visited since reading my last post? I hope so! In this post, I am going to share some more titbits of information that I hope you will find interesting. The first thing I want to share is a bugaboo for probably nearly […]

Foundations of Independent Travel

Hey! You’re back! I’m chuffed. This time I thought I would explore the basics of travelling as someone who is blind. Some of these things you may already know, some you may have always wondered, and some you may never have thought about before. Regardless, I hope you find it interesting. I’ll try not to […]

The First Step — Introduction

Hi, welcome, come in. This is Cora, she’s my guide dog. I have a cat too, his name is Magic, I adopted him from a cat lounge. Can I make you a tea or coffee? Yes, I can manage boiling water safely. No, I don’t need to put my finger in your cup to know […]

Sydney Startup Hub installs BindiMaps

Startup founders and their visitors who are blind or vision impaired will now have much better access to the Sydney Startup Hub, thanks to the installation of BindiMaps in the building.  The Sydney Startup Hub, which is located close to Wynyard Station in the Sydney CBD, is the first facility of its kind to install […]