I was hoping if I only got one reply here, that it would be from you. I've read some of your past posts, and seen how well you manage with vision impairment. I appreciate the tips you gave. I knew there had to be a way for doing things, I just wasn't sure where to look to find it. I understand what you mean about getting creative to do things. For not having reached out to anyone for help with this until now, I think I've done a pretty creative job at getting by. As I said, I've been using my cell phone camera for a lot of detailed stuff, screen magnification, and for the most part, as long as no one touches any of my stuff, I put things right back where I grabbed them from, and have learned fairly well where I have everything without needing to analyze it with the cell phone.
I have also met the criteria for being legally blind. I am able to read large font, as you say, if I can get close enough to it. As for seeing what is in my path, if I focus where it falls in my good peripheral vision I can make it out. If something is in my central vision, it typically is faded in a blind spot for me, and I won't see it. I know what you mean about the environment. Bright light washes out my vision, almost like sun glare on a dirty car windshield. I can't see if it is dark, if light isn't hitting something at the right angle, or if it is is too bright. I think this confuses my family, as sometimes I say I can't see that, its too dark, and other times I say that's too bright, I can't see it.
Everything you've accomplished and manage to do is exactly why I hoped you would reply to this. I'm curious, what programming do you do? I had QBasic, Visual Basic, and C in high school. A few years ago, I taught myself a little html, and php as well as sql. Its been a while, and I'm sure I would be pretty rusty, but I enjoy it when I get into it. I work as a tech in a retail store, mostly doing desktop support. I'm currently studying for my Cisco networking certifications.
My mom had tried to get me set up with the state's commission for the blind some months ago, and they needed my vision records from my doctor. I guess I didn't really want to admit I needed the help at the time, and never got the records to them. I will look into that again. I think I have done fairly well with managing chores and things around the house, but I do struggle with cooking and getting around outside the house.
I actually do use full screen magnification on the computer. I'm using the built in feature in Windows 7. I use the mouse following, though it still takes me longer to read. I will take a look at the magnification software you mentioned. I've tried the built in screen reading software in Windows, but it seems to me like it jumps around a lot, or I just don't understand how it functions to work with it properly. I'm a computer person by nature, but this is something I haven't had much luck with. I will also be looking into the two programs you mentioned for screen reading. I like free and open source, though if the other program's features seem like I would use them, I will look that way as well.
Though I haven't really tried the stove, other things like the washer and dryer, microwave, and whatnot I am doing ok with. I know by memory the location of all the settings I need on them, and can make out enough to count my way through the number pad on the microwave. It is interesting what you start to figure out when you have to look to other ways to get along. Someone asked me the other day when I made a comment about where we were on the highway how I knew where we were. I went into an explanation of how I knew the double overpass to be a certain exit, and I had been counting exits down since that point.
I think some type of video magnification would be very helpful to me. I have been getting by reading important mail, but optional things like newsletters and the like I have just been piling up, as it takes too long to read. I've mostly been doing ebooks on the Kindle PC app for a while now, so that, combined with screen magnification have been ok, though again, it takes a longer time for me to get through things.
I have not really been able to do much work on my boat or truck, so I miss doing that. I have kept up ok with other hobbies. I do a lot on the computer, and always have. I've been working hard on a networking certification, and still trying my best to chip away at that, though its gotten a lot slower with my reading speed slowing down. I spoke to the testing center for that, and they can accommodate with screen magnification and a time extension when I am ready to test. Other than that, I am also a licensed amateur radio operator. I've been able to continue with that, again, with some adaptation. I have pretty well memorized the layout of the controls on my radios, but still use my cell phone from time to time to see less frequently used features. I log my contacts on the computer, so again, screen magnification helps there.
I tried a pen a couple years ago, but didn't like how bulky they felt in my hand. I just envision dropping it while injecting and with a syringe, when I have done this, it just hangs there, where the pen would fall out and...ugh. I guess that's just a mental thing. I also do ok with my current meter. I have to use the cell phone when going back through the memory, but as far as testing, I can see the bold readout well enough with the backlight.
This was very helpful in getting me looking into things that will help. That's what I have needed. I knew there had to be a way, I just didn't know what it was or where to look. Adjustment and accepting this have been what I've really struggled with so far. I really appreciate you taking the time to write such a detailed reply.