Patrice is a 60 year old female who has progressively has been losing her eyesight over the past 30 years due to Retinitis Pigmentosa. Today she is legally blind. Patrice relies on a county wide transit system (called Access) to get to and from the places she goes on a daily basis; like her job, the gym, the grocery store etc. Patrice has to pay $2.70 each time that she uses this transportation system, which is reasonable compared to the alternative of paying for a taxi (which she also does at times). Patrice has a guide dog that goes with her everywhere including the gym. The guide dog has learned how to navigate from the lockers, to the treadmills, to the yoga room where Patrice takes a weekly yoga class.
William is a 19 year old male who has Bilateral Retinoblastoma and resulting blindness. William uses a cane as well as Access to get to the gym everyday of the week. William uses both the cardiovascular equipment and well as free weights when he comes to the gym. The cardio machines at the gym have bump dots on them so that William can easily find the start and stop buttons as well as the buttons to make the machines go faster and slower. William also enjoys doing various exercises with a bench press bar and plate weights. William often trains at the gym with a friend of his who is also blind. In order to train safely with the free weights, William and his friend 'spot' each other to prevent any accidents from happening. William and his friend are able to spot each other in the following way; one of the guys will put his hands on the bar while the other guy does his repetitions. If either guy should fumble or struggle while lifting the weights, the other person is there to assist with the lifting.