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    Trust your body

    Listen to your body when you feel that something is off. Don’t ignore how you feel. Trust your gut.

    For the past few weeks I’ve been experiencing flashing lights in my right eye. I got an emergency appointment with my retina specialist today and he found an Operculated Retinal Hole. He did a laser procedure on it, along with some of my abnormal vasculature of my retina. It was so painful and I’m struggling with a lot of pain in my eye and head all around the area. It will take a few weeks to heal and hopefully seal the hole. Hopefully after the hole is sealed the flashing lights should subside. I have an appointment in two weeks to get re-scanned. I have to rest and take it easy now.

    I was going to wait it out and ignore my symptoms because if everything looked “okay” I didn’t want to waste my doctors time. Ultimately, after my mom and my neurologist persuading me to go, I made an appointment and I’m so glad I did. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and in this case, I was experiencing vision symptoms of an emergency that could and probably would’ve turned much worse had I not gone to the doctor.

    #trustyourbody #LegallyBlind #Blind #Blindness #blindnessisaspectrum #blindnessawareness #VisionLoss #VisuallyImpaired #vision #retina

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    Documentary Interview Help

    We are three college seniors and for our Senior Seminar Project, we are creating a documentary and website exploring the depths of disability culture.

    We are aiming to give individuals a platform to express their views and personal stories in regards to this topic and are happy to work with you to make sure your story is told in a fair and accurate manner. We would love to hear your stories and any visuals over Zoom! Please reply if interested!

    We look forward to hearing from you! #Disability #Awareness #VisuallyImpaired   #RareDisease   #InvisibleIllness #Blindness

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    Im full of lie anxiety

    I got an email for a job i contacted them they called and we had an interview i met the owner and his head of HR and we all did the interview i felt like i aced it and i asked almost every question and i answered all of theres. Honestly i feel like i got the job it went so well ill know by wensday, but i didnt tell them i couldnt drive, it didnt sound like i need to because they have a work van that has to bring their equitment to the worksites so i could ride along.

    The rest of the day i was riding high thinking next week im gunna have a job i have nothing to worry about but today it suddenly hit me what do i do if i get the job and show up the first day getting a ride from my mom or dad or sisters. I feel like im going to lose the job on the spot or atleast the end of the day. Im feeling like garbage right now like what am i going to do. I feel like i lied to this guy whos only trying to grow his small business and ive already damaged the relationship. A lie of omission the hr woman called and even asked me if i had my own vehicle before the interview and i said i have transportation where ever i need to go which isnt a lie but i know what i did. honestly im hoping they dont call me to give me the job .

    #TheDisabledLife #VisuallyImpaired #LegallyBlind #Anxiety #Firstjob #LIESANXIETYTELLSYOU #WhatYouDontSee #Anxiety #lie #failure #FailureToThrive

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    Mighty NOT accessible to the visually impaired

    My partner is visually impaired. He tried registering/login on Mighty but failed, there were errors with the app. The app kept crashing when he opened the app with Voiceover. The app is not compatible with Voiceover at all. Mighty community is really an exciting initiative, why are the visually impaired not included? #Disability #Blind #VisuallyImpaired #Accessibility #Voiceover #App #mighty

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    Thankful but feeling like a dummy

    I am a junior in college and I just figured out how speak selection works! It has been an angel to me today! I had to read 100 pages of a textbook for homework and I wouldn't have been able to do it alone. My eyes get so sore and sensitive when I read. Thank you gadgets for helping the visually impaired <3 #uveiticglaucoma #Glaucoma#VisuallyImpaired

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    Is anyone suffering from becoming #VisuallyImpaired

    I have lost my side from glaucoma. Going through a difficulty of transportation and independent. I also suffer from depression.

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    Hi there, I am 20 years old and I am visually impaired, have autism and since birth I have been unable to smell. I’ve always gone to mainstream schools but went to a specialist college in Bromley, England from September 2014 to July 2017. The college I went to was attached to residential houses for blind and partially sighted young people. I studied health and social care for a year, massage for a year and reflexology for my final year. I now live with my nanny and grandad and attend a day centre called the Bradbury centre for blind and partially sighted adults. I can see colours and outlines and have to have a screen reader on my iPad and phone, alongside large text. I can read Braille which I’ve been doing since the age of 4. With regards to my autism, I rock backwards and forward, sometime flap my hands when excited, and when I’m frustrated I may sometimes bite my hands. I don’t cope well with unexpected change, and am very sensitive to touch and loud noise.

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    Advice for Parents Whose Child Was Diagnosed With Blindness

    I can only imagine your feelings as you’ve been thrown into this whole new adventure of life with a visually impaired child. There will be joy, sadness, determination, frustration and triumph throughout this new journey you now face, but please remember you aren’t alone. Here are four things I want you to know as a person who is legally blind: 1. It’s OK to feel sad, scared and uncertain of the future. You more than likely never imagined your child would be visually impaired, and now a doctor has given you a diagnosis you may not even be able to pronounce, but everything will be OK. It’s more than OK to be scared and to feel uncertainty for what the future holds. Chances are you don’t know anyone who’s blind or has a child who’s blind, but I can promise you there are thousands of successful people who are blind all over the world. Blindness will now be a part of your life forever, and it will change your life, but for the better. 2. Reach out and find what services are available. First of all, find an eye doctor you love, trust and who knows your child’s diagnosis. Do some research and ask around about what services are available for your child nationally and in your town and state. Ask about early intervention services, support groups and awareness organizations. Most eye conditions have national organizations dedicated to awareness and support for a specific diagnosis. The more services you take advantage of the better. Meeting others who have your child’s eye condition and/or parents of children who have it will be one of the most rewarding, educating and supportive things you do. 3. Don’t limit your child and always let them try. Your child is a child first and can do most everything any other child can do, with a few modifications. Your child will set their own limits as they grow and develop into an individual just like any sighted child would. Let your child grow and blossom beyond their disability and become who they want to be. If your child wants to try baseball, let them try. If your child wants to try to learn to ride a bike, let them try. If your child says they can do something on their own, let them. Your child will learn to figure out what help they’ll need and what they can and can’t do. Your child may surprise you; the sky really is the limit. 4. You will become an advocate. Being a parent of a child with a disability means you’ll have to do quite a lot of advocating for your child until they’re able to do so for themselves. The world isn’t designed for people who are blind or visually impaired, and because of this, advocating for your child’s needs and best interests will become a part of your everyday life. Your child has certain rights pertaining to their education and may be eligible for specific services. To receive most of these services, advocacy is needed on your child’s behalf. As your child grows and matures, he or she will begin to be able to advocate on their own needs — let them. Self-determination and advocacy skills are extremely important for your child to learn and develop. Once your child is ready, support them as they advocate for themselves until they’re able to do it on their own. Teach your child they have a voice and can use it to advocate for what they need to succeed. (If you ever get to a point where you need legal help, there are organizations that provide services free of charge.) The Mighty is asking the following: What is a part of your or a loved one’s disease, disability or mental illness that no one is aware of? Why is it time to start talking about it? If you’d like to participate, please check out our Submit a Story page for more about our submission guidelines.