I am Visually Impaired and I use Glasses and a White Cane and a Cellphone

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When you see someone using a white cane and wearing glasses you may have some questions. You may wonder if the person is actually blind. I want to bring awareness to the fact that blindness is on a spectrum. This means there can be someone with no light perception to someone that has some usable vision.

I am one who has some usable vision but not enough to be safe without a cane when I am out on my own. I explain more in this video.

I use glasses with a very high prescription so the lenses are very thick and they make my eyes look much bigger. The glasses magnify what I see and allow me to see things at a close distance but my one good eye is unable to focus on details. My vision also changes depending on lighting and on how much contrast there is.

I also want to add that assistive technology such as screen readers and magnification allow those who are blind or have low vision to use a cellphone independently. Screen readers turn text to speech and the user can interact with the screen the same way a sighted person would.

I have returned to YouTube to be able to reach more people with my story and to share my experiences. I will also be sharing faith related videos and lifestyle videos as I combine it with this blog.

So please take time to get to know someone and just ask questions instead of assuming things.

I hope to continue to educate others about vision impairement and help make more aware of the facts.

(Z) Zzz’s | Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder Impacts about 70% of People who are Totally Blind (#AToZChallenge 2021)

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My theme for the 2021 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is to give an overview of what it is like to be visually impaired and to address the misconceptions regarding those in the blind and visually impaired community.

In the final post in this series I want to bring attention to a sleeping disorder that impacts some in the blindness community. According to this source Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder impacts about 70% of people who are totally blind. This may cause disruptions to daily life and adds an extra challenge to life. Read more information here.

The more awareness that there is around this and other aspects regarding the blind and visually impaired community will help to further decrease misconceptions. I hope that all of these posts have given a small glimpse into the blind and low vision community. Thank you for reading them.

(Y) YouTubers who are Blind or have Low Vision (#AToZChallenge 2021)

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My theme for the 2021 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is to give an overview of what it is like to be visually impaired and to address the misconceptions regarding those in the blind and visually impaired community.

In this post I want to point you to real life examples of blind and visually impaired people living life and showing that blindness is not an obstacle to enjoying life. The best way to do this is through YouTube videos so you can see them in action. Here is a list of some blind and visually impaired YouTubers.

(X) X-Men? | Do Blind and Visually Impaired People have Superpowers? (#AToZChallenge 2021)

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My theme for the 2021 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is to give an overview of what it is like to be visually impaired and to address the misconceptions regarding those in the blind and visually impaired community.

Some people believe that people who are blind or visually impaired have super hearing or super scent or touch as if it were a superpower. This is not actually the case. It is possible that a lack of eyesight forces a person to focus more on what is around them so they are more aware of the smaller details that others with sight may not rely on.

I have low vision myself and I find I take in my surroundings by listening to everything rather than relying on my vision but I do not have any superpowers.

I just want to add one more thing: blind and visually impaired people are not superheroes just for taking a walk on their own or holding a job or for doing any other common task in life. We are just like any sighted person out there and want to be treated as so.

Well if I did have a superpower I would like to have the power to fly.

(V) Vision Loss is not a Death Sentence (#AToZChallenge 2021)

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My theme for the 2021 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is to give an overview of what it is like to be visually impaired and to break down misconceptions regarding the blind and low vision community.

I have heard it said that some people would choose death rather than losing their vision. I have heard some people think that vision loss is worse than death. I hope that the posts I have shared in this series have proved that vision loss is not a death sentence.

People who are blind or have low vision can and do lead full and productive lives. Yes, they may accomplish tasks differently than a person who is sighted but the task still gets done.

Blindness or low vision adds an extra layer of adventure into life but it does not stop life, instead it makes life more interesting.

Where there is a will there is a way. If you know someone who is blind or has low vision encourage them to follow their dreams and to live their lives because they have so much to contribute.

I know that this mindset can only be changed by sharing examples of what is possible. Click here to find out what is possible.