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Low Vision Interview

Hi,
I am interested in having some help understanding the day-to-day life of someone with low vision impairment. What types of devices are most helpful? What things are most frustrating? These are just some of the questions I have. I am currently taking classes in VI instruction and am working with children that have visual impairments and blindness. I would like to know some of the issues they will face so that I can help to prepare them and their families to better cope. If there is anyone that will allow me to "interview" them via email, I would greatly appreciate your help.
Thanks!!!!!

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I am legally blind and when I was in school I found that I retained much more knowledge from large print books than when I had my lessons on tape. Since we use our hearing more than others a quieter enviroment is also conducive to learning. Contrast is also helpful. Black with white lettering is better than traditional for me. Once we all get a mental picture of what is to be conveyed to us the quicker we all learn. Sincerely, mike


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ENLARGED TEXTBOOKS ARE BETTER THEN TEXT ON TAPE BECAUSE THEY ARE EASIER TO FOLLOW, AND IT GIVES THE STUDENT A CHANCE TO ACTUALLY HAVE A PRINTED TEXT. THE ONLY DRAW BACK THE USALLY DO NOT COME UNTIL A FEW WEEKS OR MONTHS, OR NOT AT ALL AFTER THEY ARE ORDERD.
ENCOURAGE THE STUDENT TO USE THEIR EARS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE TO DEVELOP THEIR LISTENING SKILLS BECAUSE OFTEN TIMES MY TEACHERS AT THE HIGHSCHOOL LEVEL WOULD KEEP ON TALKING ABOUT WHAT WAS ON THE BOARD OR LECUTURE AND I WAS ABLE TO TAKE NOTES THAT WAY. THIS FORM OF ACTIVE LISTENING ALSO HELPS IN COLLEGE IN TAKING NOTES AND PICKING UP ON WHAT THE PROFFESSOR WANTS YOU TO KNOW IS IMPORTANT.
TEACHING THE STUDENT TO TYPE AT AN EARLY AGE IS ONE OF THE SMARTEST THINGS THAT CHERYL COULD HAVE DONE BECAUSE MY HANDWRITTING IS ATTROSOUS AND I CAN TYPE FASTER THEN I CAN WRITE.
AS THEIR VI TEACHER KNOW THEIR CONDITION, AND ANY CHANGES AND KNOW WHAT MIGHT BE AHEAD FOR THE STUDENT BECAUSE LIFE CONTINUES AFTER THEY GRADUATE HS. IN MY CASE WHEN I GRADUATED HS I NEVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT I'D BE UNABLE TO READ A STREET SIGN OR NEED TO TRAVEL WITH A WHITE CANE OR THAT MY CHOSEN FIELD WOULD BE INACESSABLE IN ONLY FIVE YEARS. ENCOURAGE YOUR STUDENT TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AS FAR AS PLANNING FOR THEIR FUTURE. DON'T JUST THINK ABOUT THE HERE AND NOW THINK ABOUT WERE THEY MIGHT BE A DECADE FROM GRADUATION AND BEYOND.


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WHAT MAY OR MAY NOT HELP ALL DEPENTS ON YOUR CLIENT AND THEIR DEGREE OF VISUAL LOSS AND THEIR DIAGNOSIS. I HAD A WONDERFUL TEACHER THRUOUGHT MY PUBLIC SCHOOLING HER NAME IS CHERYL H. THIS WOMMAN WAS AS TOUGH AND NAILS BUT SHE HAS A HEART OF GOLD. SHE WOULD ALWAYS ASK ME WHAT WAS WORKING AND WHAT WAS NOT, SHE ALSO WAS A FIRM BELIEVER IN GETTING THE STUDENT TO ADVOCATE FOR THEMSELVES. IT REALLY IS SOMETIMES(OR ATLEAST WITH ME) TRIAL AND ERROR WHAT MIGHT WORK FOR ONE PERSON MIGHT NOT WORK FOR THE NEXT. I HOPE THIS HELPS.


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i am a mom and a twin of low vision
ask away
i have lived with low vision all my life , on the outside looking in
i have a unique perspective because hindsight is truly 20/20


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My son has several different visual impairments and is only currently in Kindergarden. He has also completed two years with the Head Start program. I will be happy to answer any questions I can for you, feel free to contact me if you like. There are several things that they are doing for him in the classroom and so forth. We are finding new things out as we go.

Our son is diagnosed with Nystagmus, Strabismus, Amblyopia, Stigmatism, Photosensitivity, color blindness and we just found out he has Cone Dystrophy.


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If you’d be interested in a copy of Let's Play: A Guide to Toys for Children with Special Needs, you can either check out the Free Stuff section of the Bookstore or email afbinfo@afb.net to request a copy. These are commercially available toys that have been tested with children with special needs to determine what they enjoy and what works for them.


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thanks so much. I promise I will not make it too awful or long. Would it be ok to email it to you? I f that would be okay could you give me your email or please email me at bonnie.galarde@ncmail.net. You are a hero I pormise --hehehe. I will try to award your purple heart soon --hehe.
Thanks again.


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I am your "victim" if you wish. I can be of some help I hope.


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