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Adjusting to low vision

I am in the state of low vision. I do need to change my way of thinking. I still have signt enough to see and drive but I cannot read or do anythign small. I shoudl be using equipment and programs such as a cctv hand held zoom device and jaws and magic the problem is i begin to use it them i get to the poitn cnat use it slowes me down etc any suggestions

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Re: Adjusting to low vision



Hi, svogin
I'm sorry, I just saw this message. First, I'll confirm that there is a big learning curve to both adapting to low vision and to learning to use assistive technology. So, patience i really key. And the frustration level makes patience be in short supply.

Beyond being patience, there are things you can do to speed up the learning and get you where you need to be. JAWS and Magic both come with nice tutorials, so be sure to work your way through those. Really, that will help a lot. Second, depending where you live, you can get training. Give us a hint where you are, or use the Directory on this site to find a place-- I'll go get the link as soon as I'm done here.

Next, it's immensely helpful to hang out with other people making the same adjustments. This message board is a great start. If you do go for training, you'll have the chance to meet other people there, and you can all pool you rknowledge and speed up the learning process-- not to mention sharing your frustrations.

Here are some ideas I've triedfor getting to know other people with visual impairments:

join a sport with visually impaired people. Running, bowling, tandem bike riding, and goal ball are common.
Join a hobby/craft group for people with visual impairments knitting, sculpting, and photography are common.
Join a music group with people with visual impairments.


Re: Adjusting to low vision



Ok, here's the link to places that do computer training in the US and Canada.

http://www.afb.org/directory.aspx?action=service&S...

You can pick a state or province to get a more targeted list.


Re: Adjusting to low vision



I second all of Crista's suggestions and would like to offer a couple of other ideas. The right technology should speed you up, not slow you down, so it is possible that the technology you have tried is too much for you right now. Visit a low vision specialist to determine if there are optical devices that will help to maximize your remaining vision. These eye doctors work best when they know what specific tasks you are struggling with. For example, reading print of a specific size, seeing details at a particular distance, etc.. Use our directory to find a low vision specialist in your area. Another way to connect with other people dealing with low vision is through telephone support groups. There are several across the nation and all you need is a cell phone with free minutes or a long distance plan that allows you to call free of charge. You can email or call the AFB Center on Vision Loss to get connected to this type of resource at neva@afb.net or 214-438-5316. Crista is right, patience is the key.


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