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Second Sense - Beyond Vision Loss

Ride Sharing: Tips from a Daily Traveler

Thursday, November 16 - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Does the thought of using a ride sharing app bring about pangs of anxiety? Will the driver find me? Will the driver drop me off at the correct destination? And, if you’re traveling with a guide dog, there’s the ongoing question, will the driver refuse to take me?

Ride sharing apps have helped tremendously in getting people with vision loss to destinations not always accessible by public transit. The convenience of calling for a ride, on your terms, when you need it, provides a level of independence our community has never had before. But it comes with these annoying, frustrating and sometimes scary situations.

Taurus Smith, our certified vision rehabilitation therapist at Second Sense, is a daily user of Uber and Lyft. Not only does he use ride sharing apps for visiting clients in their homes, but as a single dad with two children and a guide dog handler, he has developed great strategies for using ride sharing services safely and with less hassle.

Taurus will share his experiences, tips and strategies for using ride sharing including:

  • hailing your ride
  • communicating with your driver
  • finding the correct destination
  • making sure you are safe
  • reporting ride refusals and other issues

To join us for this informative presentation, call our conference line at 312-809-1004. For questions, email Kathy Austin.