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Professional, blind in one eye and starting over...Looking for resources

I've looked at so many links to try to figure out if I should get help. I've had glaucoma since I was 12. I finished school with a B.A. in Criminal Justice in 2003 and have been a commercial vehicle theft investigator since that time. I moved to Texas for my husband to partake in the family business and lost my investigation business. Last year I created an awesome website/database that I have to stop with, since I cannot fund the marketing. I decided to get another degree in computer science, since I can't seem to get a job anywhere! I didn't realize that shortly after graduation, I was going to need a trabulectomey just to save my eyeball. Every job in criminal justice, even dispatching, requires 20/20 vision here. I was accepted for a job with the CIA in 2006, and also had to turn that down, due to my vision. Now I was expecting to have a second degree in computer science, but can't take more than two classes a semester, since I have that other, completely useless, degree. I'm sitting here crying everyday, feeling worthless, going broke and don't know what to do. I'd like to hurry up with this degree so I can find a job and use the vision that I have left. I'm not an invalid, but I sure feel that way. I couldn't join the marines and can't seem to get any civilian jobs with them either. It's a bunch of crap. I just don't think it's fair that I have to pay thousands of dollars for a degree that I cannot physically use because of our stupid government. I'm blind in one eye...not dead.

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Re: Professional, blind in one eye and starting over...Looking for resources

Try looking at the job opportunities on this cite. There is one for a fellowship at the NIB ,you may want to check it out. I am an instructor online for the University of Phoenix. and I have no vision, so it can be done.

Re:Professional, blind in one eye and starting over...Looking for resources

You can do it trust me. I had glacama for 16 years of my life unitil the same thing happened my eyed died in my head. Long and painful road. I had to decid when I was 16 wether to keep the eye or get rid of it. It's been two years now as odd as it might be that I am saying this I am glad I did it. In a sence half my eye issess are gone. I am leagly blind a little less then that, but I know how hard things can be. I am a senior in high school this all happend my freshman and softmare year. Try meeting with some of the people on crear connect on this website. Also, as odd as it sounds we ajust everyday to things. You can do it!!! It gets agorvating at times, but no one seid you can't that understands ware you are coming from. Those who do do not really understand so stick with it

Re:Professional, blind in one eye and starting over...Looking for resources

I wish you the best in your efforts to use resources. My left eye, jaw and ear along with part of my brain were history when I was shot with a 12 gauge shotgun. Getting back to functioning is very difficult. Keep working on it.


There are many people who mentor others on Career Connect, a part of this web site. Many of these folks are totally blind, rather than blind in one eye. I have no experience at all with applying for jobs with the CIA or the Marines. There certainly are many folks who work with computers and are doing so either with corporations or for Federal State and Local government while being blind. You have come to the right place to find us. Also, there are listserves for blind programmers. Use google and you will find more resources. Be creative in your searches and take heart. There are also national organizations of blind folks such as the American Council of the Blind and the National Federation of the blind. Both these organizations have computer-related special interest groups.

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