If You Are Going Blind, What Should You Do?
It's not easy learning that you're losing your sight and becoming legally blind. There are a flood of emotions and a ton of to do items to deal with. Getting your home and life prepared for vision loss is easier to do while you still have some sight. And hopefully a support structure.
Here are some of the things you can do to prepare for blindness:
- Learn About Your Diagnosis: San Diego Center For The Blind's blog and website are good places to start. Learn about your specific type and degree of vision loss, along with what to expect, how to prepare, and help available to you.
- Find Support: Find and join a local support group, or an online one. Again, SDCB can help.
- Talk To Your Employer: Talk to your employer about how you and they can adapt so you can still be productive, even with vision loss. The American Disabilities Act (ADA) requires your employer to offer certain reasonable accommodations to employees like you with disabilities.
- Register For Independent Living Courses: SDCB offers lots of educational options, as do other groups and websites.
- Get Organized: Organize your home so you can continue to do the things you enjoy, and the things you need to do as part of your daily life.
- Seek Out Inspiration: Read books and websites, and talk to others who have walked your path.