Becoming a Streetwise Traveller
This is a guide to keeping safe while travelling in the community. It was first developed by BALANCE for Blind Adults as a teaching and discussion resource for Orientation & Mobility instruction.
Contrary to common belief, being streetwise is not just a women’s issue. Learning to identify danger and taking steps for self-protection is equally important for men. While it’s true that women are more vulnerable to sexual assault, both men and women can take precautions against physical assault, theft, and abuse.
Developing a strategy for personal safety is about feeling secure. It’s also about exercising your right to travel where and when you want. It does not mean that our neighbourhoods are dangerous places, but that it’s smart to be aware of your surroundings and proactive about your options. We hope this guide will be a useful start. At the end of the guide, you’ll find a list of community and emergency resources, including information on self-defense classes. If there’s an issue we haven’t addressed, please seek advice in your community from someone you know and trust.
Charlene White has worked as an Orientation & Mobility Specialist for many years. Her expertise has helped many who are blind or vision-impaired to enjoy travelling safely in the community.