Visually impaired techies

By ETF Soldier
Nov 29, 2012
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  1. Hey guys,
    I just thought that I'd start a thread for people with Visual Impairments, I myself being Ocular Albino Grade 2, with shortsightedness in my left eye, long sightedness in my right eye, and my right eye being a lazy git. I felt inspired to start this thread due to meeting I had yesterday with some really successful VI people, and wondered if any of you have any experiences that you'd like to share with a humble 16 year old. :)
  2. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,196   +228

    My mother-in-law is legally blind and she's no techie, but it has forced me to brush up a bit on the needs of VI users. She works for my wife at her company and I'm the tech guy at my wife's shop so I've had to make a few alterations for her to be more productive. I've gotten her a Wolfvision document magnifier, ZoomText for her PC, and a high contrast large letter keyboard/mouse combo to help her out a bit. She's really happy to be back in the workforce and productive by today's standard so it's really a win/win. Also, the state helped by paying for her ZoomText license and the Wolfvision magnifier so make sure you look at what govt assistance you may be able to get when you move into the workforce.
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Posts: 4,554   +184

    I misunderstood title.
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,451   +135

    I have a developing Cataract in my right eye. Its vision is pretty blurry now, but my left eye is still okay. Rainbows in my right eye at night, from oncoming headlights are a bit distracting
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,276   +177

    Tmagic650, I had a cataract in my left eye completely obscuring my vision so I could only see out of my right eye. About two years ago I had cataract surgery to replace the lens in the left eye and now it is crystal clear, 20/20. Clearer than I can remember since jr. high. Still need reading glasses though. :)
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,451   +135

    Thanks for the post mailpup. I'll be having this eye checked out in January
  7. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 252   +36

    The only thing that can be done about my vision is corrective lenses for the long and short sightedness, they realised too late that my right eye was lazy. What kind of benefits do you get?
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,451   +135

    I was born in 1950 at 2 pounds, 8 ounces... 2 months premature. Benefits vary from State to State here in the USA. Would eye surgery benefit you? I know lazy-eye and many other vision problems can be surgically corrected. I grew up in Southern California
  9. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 252   +36

    I'm English :) Yeah, but I don't think it's worth it unless I have some spare cash, because there'd still be the problem of being albino >.<
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,451   +135

    What about your Socialized Medical System, can't you get financial help from that? That lack of pigment can be a *****, although I know a few here that have fared well
  11. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 252   +36

    I don't really think it's worth it :/ Do you know what sort of discounts we get? Is it true that we get 20% off of all accesssibility products?
  12. Tasmia

    Tasmia Newcomer, in training

    Hello. I am a senior mechanical engineering student working on designing an electronic 'smart cane' to provide a low cost way to improve navigation for the visually impaired. Is there anyone who would be willing to give a little insight on what kinds of features would be most beneficial on a product like this??
  13. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TechSpot Booster Topic Starter Posts: 252   +36

    I have a severely visually impaired kid in my school, I'm having a meeting tomorrow with him, I'll ask him :)
     
  14. Tasmia

    Tasmia Newcomer, in training

    That would be great! I am trying to get this information by Wednesday at the latest so if you could help me out, that would be really helpful.


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