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What is the first thing I should do?

I just recently found out that I'm blind. I have 20 degrees of central vision left in each eye, and that's it. My husband is gone a lot due to his job, and I'm feeling trapped and stuck because I can't go anywhere while he's gone. I have to look at the ground so I don't trip on cracks or holes in the street. What steps do I need to be taking to adjust to this?

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Re: What is the first thing I should do?



You are not alone my daughter 21 lost all her eye sight this past spring

She has a Facebook group called beautifully blind


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So glad I found this. I'm in the same boat, as of the middle of August. I'm fortunate in that my husband is sighted and home.

I began by contacting my state commission for the blind. Within a week, they came for my first home visit. Linda was awesome. She's already helped me some. She is working on a personalized plan for me.

I also contacted Hadley School for the Blind, 1-800-526-9909, at Linda's suggestion. They are free for us and long distance learning. Request a catalog. I'm enrolling to learn braille, daily living skills, etc. Linda also recommended highly that I learn braille. Wishing you the best and God bless you. If you are comfortable I would be happy to skype or visit with you on the phone. Other have graciously done this for me.


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Hi Kaylaneatherlin91,
Mike has a lot of good advice. But the first thing I would advise you to remember is, you're not alone. There are a ton of people -- on this message board and beyond -- that have lived full lives before you, and you can, too. It will take some work, to be sure. Have you called your county or state department of disability services? If you google a relevant phrase like, "New York disability services" you will find contact information that can lead you in the right direction.
- Michelle, AFB Intern


Re: What is the first thing I should do?



hi
first thing: get educated.
learn what your town/county/city /state/province whatever has to offer in terms of adaptive living/mobility programs.
2nd: don't be afraid, you're still the same person you always were, and only imagination limits what you can do.
be creative, develop your own ways of dealing with challenges like you always have, and don't wait on other people, especially sighted people, to tell you the best ways to conduct yourself. I'm not saying the programs I recommended above aren't helpful, but they should be a guideline not a road map.

practice getting around familiar surroundings with your eyes closed to develop your spacial awareness, and begin depending on other senses to provide you the feedback your eyes can't.
Best of luck, and feel free to ask any questions.
Mike


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hi my name is Ana where do u live?


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