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Retaining Your Independence After Vision Loss

by | Nov 19, 2023 | Disability Issues

Losing one’s sight can be a daunting experience, but it doesn’t have to mean a loss of independence. With the help of accessible technology, games, and entertainment, cooking, and sports and activities designed for visually impaired people, it’s possible to maintain an active and fulfilling life.

Accessible Technology:

Accessible technology has made great strides in recent years, making it easier for the visually impaired to navigate their digital lives. Screen readers like Apple’s VoiceOver and Google’s TalkBack allow users to navigate their devices with spoken feedback. Braille displays can also be connected to computers and smartphones, allowing users to read text in braille.

Games and Entertainment:

Visually impaired individuals can still enjoy games and entertainment. Audio games, which are specifically designed for those who are blind or visually impaired, use sound to immerse players in a virtual world. For example, Blind Cricket is a popular audio game where players listen for the sound of a ball being thrown and hit it with a bat.

Cooking:

Cooking can be a challenging task for those who are visually impaired, but with some adaptations, it’s possible to continue cooking independently. One solution is to use tactile measuring cups and spoons that allow users to feel the quantities they are measuring. Labeling and organizing ingredients with tactile markings or different shapes can also help.

Sports and Activities:

Many sports and activities have been adapted to be more accessible to the visually impaired. Blind soccer and goalball are two examples of sports that have been modified to include audio cues and special equipment to allow the visually impaired to participate. Additionally, hiking and running can be made accessible through the use of guides or running partners. And here in Kelowna, our blind curling club regularly competes at the provicincial level.

In conclusion, while losing one’s sight can be challenging, there are many ways to maintain independence and continue to enjoy life. Accessible technology, games and entertainment, cooking, and sports and activities designed for the visually impaired are all ways to remain active and engaged.

Kent Stewart

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