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Areas that are good to live in for the blind?

I live in New York City which I thought was a great area to be in for me and my vision loss. Long story short, it's not and I was wondering what areas around the states (or possibly world I'm not sure) are really good to live in. I.E. public transit, a blind center or some equivalent of that. Thanks.

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Hi. I really need to move as I am blind, and my crappy soon to be ex got me in a town in Indiana which there is nothing. I am seeking a place fairly liberal, place that has music like people who like rock music and such, I like a place where I do not have to schedule a ride for two weeks like this place, and I like a place that has emergency taxi call when you did not know where you wanted to go until the last minute, and I need a place that is easier to get a good place at as I am blind, and I only make $698 per month, which is intolerable. I want friends and I like a bigger city, but I am not good at using public transportation due to a back problem. I am also seeking a possible roommate as well. I do some work from home on the phone, but it is not so much. If anyone has anything to offer please just email me offlist if you canhelp at all at 574-2024-2623 OR EMAIL ME OFFLIST AT
EDEN420@COMCAST.NET
Thanks.

Eden


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My husband and I are both vi. We live in Key West, FL. The weather is usually great, public transportation is pretty good, people are very friendly. The problem is mostly is that it is far away from our family and takes quite a bit of traveling. Miami is 160 miles away for eye doc appts. Medical in KW is pretty good. Cos of living is high. Very touristy, so lots of people in the winter. Came from MA but can't take to cold anymore. Have been to Portland, OR and it is very, VERY easy to get around. People there are great. We are told it's like Key West where a lot of people live there half the year.


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My husband and I are both vi. We live in Key West, FL. The weather is usually great, public transportation is pretty good, people are very friendly. The problem is mostly is that it is far away from our family and takes quite a bit of traveling. Miami is 160 miles away for eye doc appts. Medical in KW is pretty good. Cos of living is high. Very touristy, so lots of people in the winter. Came from MA but can't take to cold anymore. Have been to Portland, OR and it is very, VERY easy to get around. People there are great. We are told it's like Key West where a lot of people live there half the year.


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My name is Steve and I lost my sight in 2007 and I can tell you that Denver, CO is challenging. I lived in Littleton, CO where the center for the blind is, even though I could not attend, and the general populas is either druggies, drinkers or just bad persons. I now live outside of Colo. Springs and this town really stinks. The transit system is a joke and the little town that I live in, Green Mountain Falls, CO has no sidewalks, no real business and a single bus that only works about 5 hours a day if that. Getting anywhere around Colorado Springs will jumble any GPS just due to the fact that all of the streets have many names and I think that only 3 streets are straight.


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places to live-dont listen to most of the idiots out there who arent vi/blind-they dont know squat. they drive-remember that. my hubby and I are both vi and looking to relocate from brooklyn ny.
nyc is too expensive-unless you can afford at least 300k= for a roah haven or 2 br box .
all the good areas with good public transp. are too expensive
or unsafe-charlotte nc has no sidewalks-been there
nashville tn is expensive, baltimore/washington d.c- worst crime rate, along with most southern states due to the amt of low lives residing there.
try a town right outside of a big city that has a bus system


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My husband is 41 and has macular dystrophy -- he is losing his central vision in both eyes and will most likely be legally blind in 5 years if not sooner. We live in NYC but are moving to be closer to family and considering the Boston or Providence area. We need a place that is accessible, walkable and since we have small children-- has great public schools. This is all new to us and we aren't even sure what to look for to make life as easy as possible for his new low vision life-- does anyone have any suggestions of either towns or things to keep in mind as we are checking out areas?


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i have heard that newhampsure is nice.


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Austin is pretty good. The bus system is good, but if you are going to rely on Special Transit, don't count on it. There's too much talk (and it may already be happening) of blind people being denied service.


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Charlotte is not as bad as some say. STS makes transit possible and the people are nice. Housing here is much more affordable than New York, and we have a great cultural community. We have great restaurants and if there isn't large print, someone wiill gladly help you find what you want. We live at a slower pace but you can find life quite rewarding here without getting loss in the shuffle.


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Great question. I t calls for discussion on what makes for a good place -- and bad. Could we have some specifics, please? There must be many things to consider. What has pleased you?, Distressed you? We should develope a list. Transport. services, What else? My sight is marginal (read papers with difficulty) and may have to face the problrm myself.


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Charlotte was rated number one but it's TOTALLY NOT the best place to live for visually impaired. It does have a good transit system but the vocational rehab or so called division for the blind is crap. They don't want to really help you at all. Also it even shows on the outdated "best places for visually impaired to live" that charlotte has a terribly high crime rate and MANY areas don't have sidewalks. I live not far from there so I know. If I were you I'd look into Arizona like the guy said. I made a friend who lived there and he was trying to convince me it would be a good fit but I was a little younger and didn't go out of fear.


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I live in Tucson Arizona. There is a blind center called S.A.V.V.Y. here that is wonderful. There is the Eye Dog Foundation in Phoenix ,if you want a guide dog. There is good bus service as well as Van Tran and Handi-Car. There are lots of friendly blind people as well as friendly sighted people. There is also a good Vocational Rehab service here. There is also the University of Arizona. The weather is also wonderful. There are also good housing opertunities. It is a long way from New York, But I came from Connecticut . I think it is worth a try if you are serious about finding a good place to live. I would be happy to help you if you did move out here.


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i live in ruston louisians and i love it, the louisiana center for hte blind is inthis town and so is the louisiana tech college. i think i is a great place.


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my name is carol how do you like new york? have you google a blind center of where you live ? How about a guide dog? I went to guiding eyes for the blind in yorktown heights,ny. 800-942-0149. I am from ca almost a year with my dog. c-huebner@sbcglobal.net ps I went there for 26 days.


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