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  •  how cool it's like she looked into your soul (32+ / 0-)

    she could see who you really are!
    sometimes strangers give us unexpected gifts!
    I'm glad you have all that.

    don't be too afraid of the techonology, since many elders go blind much of it must be designed for straight forward use.You may not find it as intimidating as you imagine.
    It's a blessing what they have out there now...relatively speaking..rather than even 20 yrs ago.

    I have a friend that is an Orientation and Mobility Therapist with the blind. When adults go blind they go to her school for a program (it's live in for a few weeks or months not sure how long) to learn to use adaptive equipment, cooking etc and also navigating with a cane, which is what my friend does. People have to have a mental map to orient self...apparently there are all sorts of tricks they've figured out and perfected..to get around the world and for daily living. Some of the teachers where she works are blind themselves. People are refered to her school/organization via our state commission? for the Blind.

    Good you are getting the ball rolling..those organizations will be able to direct you on the best order to do things, no doubt. Then you will at least know what the path will be.

    There is so much help out there thank goodness. At least in MA. (I love my state).

    •  I had a friend (3+ / 0-)
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      who worked with the local VA in helping veterans who had become blind adjust to their new circumstances; she had been blind from birth herself, first using a cane then a service dog. (I'm grateful to her for helping me get an "A" in my Intercultural Communications class -- for my project I did Communication with the Disabled.) We lost touch when she transferred to OH (to be closer to her aging parents); wonder how she ended up.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 09:47:15 AM PST

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