Remember to always hold on to the railing when going up or down steps.
If someone is used to moving quickly, they will want to move a bit more carefully so as to help avoid collisions and falls due to not seeing as well as they once could.
Take pre-made labels to the grocery store and place them on the items as you purchase them to help you when you are putting the groceries away.
Install task lighting underneath kitchen cabinets or above stoves to help illuminate work areas.
MagLight+ is an app for iphones (iOS 7.0 or later) that provides a magnifying flashlight capability. It may be helpful when reading a menu in a restaurant, reading a food label in a grocery store, etc.
Switch to large print books and newspapers.
Use strong magnifying lenses with extra illumination for reading.
Watch audio described movies.
Bake with measuring cups with raised markings.
Develop a system of identifying clothes and colors. Try safety pins to match the same color outfits together, or use Braille clothing tags.
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Qualifying for Boston was one of the highlights of my running career because it meant I got to run in one of the most prestigious marathons in the world. It was a dream come true, but my experience with Team With a Vision trumped the marathon.
I have such a wonderful volunteer. She has helped me to do some stuff I haven’t been able to do in forever, like going to DSW and finding a comfortable pair of shoes, and picking out good greeting cards at CVS. I’m really thrilled.
You are helping those who are less fortunate. You’re bringing joy to hearts that could be filled with sorrow. You are fulfilling the various dreams of those who felt it was impossible to have dreams and believe. I know that from just my experience and my lifetime. Just having people that cared a little bit, that said to me even though you are blind you are blessed to be given that challenge to do far better than you could even imagine.
- Stevie Wonder
I have macular degeneration. When I first lost my vision it felt almost impossible for me to do things in my house. But slowly I learned to adapt. Nancy from MAB marked my microwave oven and remote control with raised dots so I can use them. She helped me sign up for talking books and The Ride for transportation. And I joined a support group. I’ve been part of it for so long that now I am the leader.
Since 1972 I have been teaching at the college level and pursuing my research interests. My volunteer makes it possible for me to read primary texts in the original Russian – the book we are working on may be my foremost contribution to the field. Yet she insists she gets as much from the experience as I do.
I was so excited when I found out about large print playing cards and bingo cards. Now I can play bridge again! I’m also part of a knitting group, and I wear a magnifying glass around my neck so I can see the knitting needles. We’re making hats for our soldiers in the Middle East.
As a first-time guide runner, it was really fun to be able to be a part of the community of Team With a Vision. I’ve run the Boston Marathon 6 times before, and saw it in a whole new light this time.
My volunteer came on primarily as a volunteer to read. Later she helped me do things like Christmas shopping for the family. As time went by the volunteerism developed into a friendship as well. She became involved in our lives in many other ways. We attended her three sons’ bar mitzvahs and weddings and she’s been with us for 38 years now.
There is so much paperwork in this world and so many deadlines to meet…financial aid forms, tax returns, health insurance. I’m a single parent and a working professional. My volunteer enables me to live as any other adult lives, without compromising my privacy, without revealing to friends and family the content of my bank account or how much is in my paycheck.
My volunteer started helping me when she was 28 and she’s 45 now. I went to her wedding, her husband’s funeral; she comes now every December and we write all our Christmas cards together. We have a 17 year relationship. I’ve been truly blessed by the relationships I’ve developed through the volunteer program because a lot of the folks who volunteered for me are still in my life as friends.