There have been poems written and songs sung that discuss what we would say if we could speak to ourselves when we were younger. What would we say? What advice would we give? Well, today, I'd like to offer up some advice I would give to myself when I was 18 after losing my sight. Plus, we'll discuss whether you should learn braille or not. Enjoy!
Question of the Week
Question: I have heard that blind people read braille. So, now that I have lost some vision, should I start learning braille?
Answer: This one is one of those tough questions as many people have deep opinions about it. With the advent of digital technology, it seems like many people don't “need” braille anymore. After all, if I can read it on my phone or take a picture of it and have it read back to me, why should I lean braille? But, it's not as easy as that. Braille can be a great tool which can help in many situations. After all, we don't always have tech available to help us out.
In full disclousure, I do not read braille myself. But, I do think it is something that could definitely be helpful to you. My advice is to consider taking the time to learn it if you can. It doesn't have to be the first thing you do, but set it on your list of goals to achieve. It will most likely prove to be a valuable skill.
A Letter to Me
Recently, I had the privilege of speaking with a young man who is 18, lost his sight over the summer and is headed off to college. This story sounded almost identical to my own. In fact, he has the same disease I have. Needless to say, this brought back a lot of memories from when I lost my own sight. As I spoke with him and told him a few things, it got me thinking about what I would tell my younger self now after all these years. Here's just five things I came up with:
- Just let it hurt
- Don’t rush it
- Good people won’t abandon you
- You aren’t alone
- Celebrate the small victories
Make sure to listen to today's episode to hear more about each one of these and why I would choose to tell myself them!
Apple recently release iOS 11 for the iPhone and iPad. It now gives you the ability add more quick actions to the control center, which includes magnifier, accessibility shortcut and more. Check out the video below to see how to do this!
Word of the Week
The meaning of this word is “gain or acquire knowledge of or skill in (something) by study, experience, or being taught.” Whether we have someone teaching us braille or we have gained knowledge over time by experiences we've had, we are always learning. Learning about ourselves. Learning how to do certain things. Learning life lessons. We are always learning. Remember that even though we have suffered sight loss, that doesn't stop our learning. In fact, it only expands it.
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