One thing that can be tricky to figure out after sight loss is what you will do for work. Most people assume that whatever job they have is now over and they will have to find something else. However, with the advances in technology and accessibility, many jobs can be done by blind of visually impaired people. Though certain exceptions apply, there is a wie variety of services and opportunities for the VIP Community!
News & Updates
Because I normally sing the praises of Apple products, I figured it was important to talk about battery life. In a recent article by iPhone Life, they discussed ways to care for the battery. A couple of key things to do is to keep it charged and avoid extreme temperature changes. It also notes that letting your phone's battery drain completely isn't a common practice any longer. And, finally, don't worry about over charging. Our phones are smart enough to know when the battery is fully charged and stop the flow of juice.
Smartphones are common place for people today. And, that includes blind people as well. Therefore, we need some great apps to help us in a variety of ways. An article from AppAdvice.com features a list of a few significant apps that would be very helpful.
- TapTapSee – For those who want an app for object identification with a barcode reader and last image repeat.
- Color Inspector – For those who want an app to assist with color identification.
- Braille Tutor – For those who want an iPad app to learn and practice braille.
There were other apps listed so make sure to check out the full article!
A baby hippo born prematurely has inspired local educators to create a special book about her for visually impaired children. Teachers at the Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services came up with a way to honor the hippo, named Fiona and tell her story to local VIP kids. It is filled with braille and tactile images of different things, including a bottle, stethoscope to represent the vet and images of hippos for her mom and dad. Check out the article to see a video of the book itself!
Workin' Hard for the Money
As a child, we are often asked what we want to do when we grow up. We think of a variety of things, such as firefighter, doctor, business owner and even superhero. (Still waiting for that degree program.) But, no one ever asks what we will do for a living if we lose our sight. It just doesn't seem to come up in conversation. However, for many, it is an important question.
Before we jump into it, please understand that I am not an expert in any way, she or form on careers and such. The following are simply some things that I have come up with for your consideration. Always speak to a professional about things of this nature!
That Old Word “Can't”
Let's get the obvious out of the way first. There are some jobs that we as VIPs simply cannot do. For example, being a truck drive. I think that one explains itself. Along with entire jobs we may not be able to do are aspects of jobs, such as driving a forklift as a local hardware store. We need to be honest enough with ourselves to know our limits. I don't want to suggest that you look at every job and automatically think, “I can't do this!” I just want to make sure we aren't doing something we are so clearly not able to do.
Beyond the Limits
Now, with the obvious out of the way, let's discuss what we CAN do. And, the answer is: Almost anything. From doctors and artists to office workers and restaurant owners, visually impaired people are part of many jobs on the market. The opportunities for blind or visually impaired people to have a long lasting and enjoyable career are almost endless. With the right mindset and hard work, anything is possible!
You're So Accommodating
Like with things at home, your job can be accommodated for your vision impairment. Here are just a few examples of that:
- Using email and texts instead of handwritten notes
- Adapted computers with software and hardware, if needed
- Large print or talking items, such as cash registers, blood pressure cuffs and calculators
- Specific lighting adjustments
It all just depends on the job that you are trying to do. It is also important to think outside the box when it comes to accommodations. Perhaps your employer has a good idea that would fit your job in a great way. Don't be afraid to try it out and see what happens!
It's probably a severe overstatement, but everyone is different. And, that being said, everyone's vision is different. Therefore, what works for one person may not work for another. For example, some software products might be great for a person with low vision but do no good for a person who is totally blind. It is also important to note that not all blind people are the same. One person may be super happy sitting in front of a computer screen all day while another needs to be out and interacting with people. Find what works best for you and do that!
Like I said, I am not an expert on these matters. But, there are a ton of other resources out there. One great place to start is the American Foundation for the Blind. There is a great article on there website discussing some of the things I mentioned above as well as providing links to and information about tother organizations for this purpose. Make sure to check them out and keep moving forward!
In the end, it is most important to remember that you don't necessarily have to quit your job or give up hope of finding one. It sounds simple, but you can do it! Even if it isn't the ideal thing you were looking for, find ways to get involved and stay active!