This is a series of articles showing how technology allows me to compensate for, or reduce the effects of my vision disability. I cannot do many things anymore but I can enjoy some of the smaller pleasures of life even though I am legally blind.
BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Evelyn O'Brien of Wilbraham says an iPad now allows her to see things she hasn't seen in decades.22 News WWLP.com. May 4, 2011. iPad gives sight to legally blind woman. This article might sound to good to be true to most, but I am here to tell you this is exactly how I feel. Reading is a chore at best. However, if text is large enough and/or there is a significant contrast between background and text, reading is still possible. For example, the newspaper, with it's small text and off-white paper color is impossible to read without a powerful magnifying glass.
because I immediately saw the value to me. The price was such a small price to pay if I could read e-mail, read a book or read the newspaper in casual surroundings and not sitting to a desk with my face stuck to the screen. Today, this capability is not limited to Apple's iPad as there are many tablets, e-readers and smart phones that have a back-lit screen to provide desirable contrast. There is significant choice of brand and price point too. I must note that I made the move to the latest iPad with Retina display. I can absolutely tell the difference and it helps me.
|Kindle on tablet-default size|
|Kindle on tablet-what I need|
|Kindle on smart phone-default size|
|Kindle on smart phone-what I need|
There is nothing more gratifying than being able to read most of what I want to read even with this vision handicap. Technology has done this for me and I am very thankful.
About my vision condition--
Please share this article with friends or relatives, especially those who might be older and have similar vision difficulties. All of my articles about tech and software come from my perspective--you must be able to see it to use it. Maybe my other articles found in this blog will be of use or provide motivation to not give up--or even try that new piece of tech that everyone is talking about.