We took Jess to the Chattanooga Zoo this week. ? ? ? ? ? ? ? The outing was part of a fun day planned to help Jess not be too anxious about Zoë being at the groomer for the first time.
Why Jess Uses A Wheelchair
I know I’ll get questions about why Jess is in a wheelchair. ? Our blog post Why Jess Uses A Wheelchair At Disney answers that question.
Jess has cortical blindness. So, another question some people may have is about how much Jess can see of the Chattanooga Zoo exhibits. (Jess has no vision out of her right eye, and very little out of her left eye.) For the outside exhibits, Jess probably can’t see much of anything. Inside, where the rooms are darker and the exhibits are lit, she can see where the exhibits are, but cannot see the detail of what is inside the exhibit.
Why We Encourage Jess to ‘Look’
You’ll hear us saying “look” and “can you see that?” to Jess. There are a couple of reasons why. Firstly, we don’t make assumptions about what she can’t see. Secondly, we hope that she will at least try to visually seek out something if it’s possible for her to see something of it. Thirdly, by saying “look” and “can you see that” we are attempting to engage Jess in what is happening in her immediate surroundings.