This story comes to us from Jenell Williams of Disability Network Oakland & Macomb:
J. Thomas is very active in her community. She loves spending time with her family and friends. Most of all she loves her early mornings. In the morning she has her special routine where she fixes her breakfast and sits down to read or play a game on her phone. She realized that as she aged, certain things in her life would change. However, she didn’t expect her sight to be one of those things.
One day her friend asked her to come down to support her in attending an Assistive Technology (AT) Outreach presentation at their building. Her intent was to support her friend but she ended up gaining so much more. She was presented with the opportunity to make some changes. Although she uses her prescription glasses, she knew those wouldn’t be enough in order to maintain an independent life style. Making a change is exactly what she did! She tried out a 3.5x Power Magnifier and instantly noticed the difference it made. Having had the opportunity to explore something different not only helped her to maintain her independence but begin to see the beauty in trying something new.
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”- Confucius.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about AT and devices that might be available to help, please visit our Michigan Assistive Technology Program (MATP) website.