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Blind and Autistic
Blind and Autistic
(Sorry in advance for the long text, but i thought i need to explain our situation first)
we are visiting Tokyo in October – November 2018.
We means my wife (she is blind since 5 years) and me (i have a mild form of Aspergers). We live in Switzerland.
We both speak German and Spanish. I am able to speak French and English too.
Together we are learning Japanese since 2.5 years. Not very fast learning. We have only the -masu and -te form until now. Dictionary form will come this summer the teacher said.
We would like to see the city of Tokyo, we have various spots we would like to visit.
We have booked an Apartment for 5 weeks.
Depending on my condition maybe its possible to decide within the stay to explore another city too.
Normally i only travel by car, because i get nervous among people in public transportation.
But i dont think that would be a good idea for Tokyo. We plan to have SUICA Cards and use trains a lot.
I heard that in Japan people are good organised so it should be easier for me to travel by train.
We plan to visit Tokyo since last october.
Since then i have checked various resources and i was in contact with the local embassy of Japan here, but still i got no tips about how we could make our stay better.
So i came across the youtube video “Travelling With a Physical Disability in Japan”.
In Switzerland we got a guide dog for my wife (which we wont take to Japan) and we got a disability card for trains and buses. So we can ride trains or buses by paying just one ticket and get the caretaker a free ride. Also we have our dog, or the cane, or a “wristband” to show people that my wife is blind.
For Tokyo we dont have a clue how it should work.
If its like i think, that everything is strictly organised and enter/leaving trains has to be a fast process i am a little afraid.
So (finally) my question:
Is there something like a “disabled” SUICA to get train discount like we have in Switzerland?
Is there something to show the staff that i need to guide my wife, because she really sees nothing (everything black, no brightness/darkness)
Or is there anything else that could help us?
Is there anything we should know for visiting restaurants?
I found something about Daredemo Toire, so we will try to find them.
Is there an App for that? In Switzerland and most middle-Europe we have “Eurokey” Toilets for the disabled, it means that you need that special key and this key works on every such toilet. And theres an app to find those toilets on the map.
Is there anything else we need to know or something we could prepare before we travel?
Sorry again for the long text and i hope its enough structured, sometimes i think so much and i cant write down that properly.
I hope you can help me.
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