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Hello!
I am currently in a VI program and need to interview a person with a visual impairment. Could anyone possibly help me?

Where you born with a visual impairment or did you develop it later in life?

How old where you when you lost your sight?

What tips could you give a person who recently lost their sight?

Where did you go to college?

What was your major/minor in college?

What difficulties, related to your sight, did you first have living independently?

How well did you do in school(K-12)?

What challenges do you face daily?

Who influenced you most ?

What are your goals in life?


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My parents are the people who influenced me most. After that come good teachers who taught me techniques for doing well in school and in later life.
I am not sure if you mean you yourself are visually impaired and in a program which teaches you skills. Or perhaps you are in a program which teaches you how to be a teacher for blind and low vision students. So I will answer giving information either a teacher or a visually impaired or blind person can use.
A person born blind or with low vision gets different training from one who develops low vision or becomes blind later in life.
Sometimes the person born with low vision loses some or all of it later in life over a period of time. In those cases, the person may experience mourning, sadness over his or her loss and so forth.
This adjustment period often interferes with the person's getting the teaching necessary to develop coping skills.
The person who is born blind faces a different kind of obstacle. If parents handle the blind or low vision child's upbringing well, that child will learn skills and encouraged to do as much independently as the parents can stand emotionally.
I write this a bit tongue in cheek but really mean it.
The more the parents can raise a self-confident child, one who is independent and willing to learn by taking risks, the better that child will do as an adult. Parents, please teach your children how to solve problems, how to solve part of a problem when they cannot solve the whole thing and, in general, how to proactively deal with living.
Nobody advocates for himself or herself as an adult unless they have these emotional skills.
Some of us do well in school while others struggle academically. As with any child, good educational and mentoring support is critical here.
Adults can truly help a child do well or poorly in school and develop skills which will serve him or her well as an adult.
Again, the more proactive the parent, the more likely the child will turn out to be adventurous, resiliant and balanced as an adult.
Lots of folks lose vision as they age. The ones who have faced early life with a positive I can do this attitude bring that same attitude to their new situation. They proactively learn how to do the things which those of us who have been totally blind all of our lives know how to do.
With proper coaching, a blind or low vision person can live independently. He or she can clean and upkeep a house or apartment, grocery shop, cook and generally take care of himself or herself as would any adult.
I don't know the reasons you ask the questions about where blind and low vision folks go to school or what they major in.
You may find lots of information on carreerconnect.org. Blind people major in a variety of things in college and go to a variety of colleges and universities, some big, some small.
We do many different jobs in a variety of fields. Again, please see Career Connect for specifics.
Unfortunately, many people who lose some or all of their vision as older adults try to hide the loss from those around them. They stay in denial until they truly need assistance.
Families really play an important part in all of this. Their support or lack of it often makes the critical difference in how a blind or low vision person adjusts to his or her situation and lives life.
Most of the challenges I face daily come from the culture in which I live and not from my being blind or low vision as such. Let me give you examples.
I read just as well as a fully sighted person. But I read braille. I also use audio and a computer. So, I can read documents or books in a variety of formats such as MS Word, or on an Apple iProduct such as a Smart Phone or Mac.
If a website works well in terms of accessibility, I can use it to shop online or bank online just as you as a fully sighted person might do.
Now imagine that your banking site didn't work with your software. You would be furious. You wouldn't be able to easily find out your balances or send somebody an echeck.
I feel the same way when my bank doesn't follow accessibility criteria when designing their website.
(For good website design tips please see www.w3.org/wai.
Hopefully, we will all learn to be more open as people accepting blind and low vision folks culturally and more willing to face our own denial as blind and low vision folks living in the culture.


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Ans Q1 My mother help in every thing in my childhod life.I am student of bs physics in 3rd smester fedral urdu uni I iam colour blind and visual inspired student.But i pay the fee for study.I request all my AFB family plz help me for study and i want to play role in the society of blind and visual inspired persons as a educationest.


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