Vision loss is about so much more than just loss of sight. It means a loss of identity, loss of mobility, loss of independence.
People with new vision loss find it difficult to dial a phone, cook dinner for their family, and keep their job. Imagine your whole life changing in a matter of months, days or even hours.
But, training is available to teach people how to do just about anything they could do before vision loss. And you can provide this training.
iPhones are a versatile and accessible tool. People with vision loss don’t tap on the icons and buttons. Instead, the VoiceOver tool reads all the available options. They just tap the screen when they hear the option they want.
“I wanted to learn to use my iPhone for more than just making calls,” Lee explains. “Cody is helping me gain confidence and not be so overwhelmed with all the options. I am setting up my email account and learning to use the phone as a tool for mobility, communication and entertainment.”
Using a white cane is scary. But with mobility training, you learn to trust the cane and your other senses.
The cane helps you navigate walkways, find doors and cross busy intersections.
“Early on, I was actually scared to leave my condo in Logan Square without someone trusted at my side,” Andrea shared. “I worked Rachael for over two months and I feel like my old self again, able to go anywhere and do all the things I want.”
Diane recently lost her vision. She knows good computer skills are necessary to find employment.
She has experience using computers, but never had to rely solely on her hearing like she does when using JAWS. This program is operated completely by keystrokes. She has to listen to the computer as it announces every stroke, every menu option, every icon, every error message.
“I find I have to focus really hard on listening so I don’t miss anything. This is so new for me. Both the training and being able to practice outside class helps me master this new skill.”
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