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Accommodations are Available

I hear it all the time, but are they really available for the visually impaired. No, not really are any accommodations really available and no one thinks I am the one who needs accommodating.

You hear how they have all these accommodations when going anywhere, especially for the handicaped. You hear it, it’s written out, and they have labels, but no one is actually going to do anything.

Well, why didn’t you call before. Why didn’t you ask while you were there. Why, why, they should have helped you. No, even when you call ahead of time they don’t put it in your chart or bother to do anything. No, when you mention it to everyone you are working with at the appointment that you are visually impaired.

This happens all the time for me. Even when I wear my giant special glasses for my disability, at a doctor appointment, the nurse asked me if I was wearing the glasses because of covid…

Now at a grocery store, wearing my giant glasses, they treat you like you’re physically handicaped. Which is nice, it’s at least some help, but that’s all the accommodations I have received. I do struggle reading certain labels (due to lighting and angles) and many of the workers working the counters get impatient with me asking about labels. Well, they say they have SO many accommodations.

I have tried everything and just have had to work my way around being visually impaired. It’s an everyday occurrence too, not just at appointments. It’s with family, friends, and you name it. No one thinks or realizes how hard I have been working to overcome my struggles. I have also been struggling for a decade without any explanations or being able to get assistance because I didn’t have a diagnosis.

Thankfully most of my professors during my time at California State University, Fullerton, were really nice to me. I did voice my issues and did sit closer to the board. School did take me longer, especially with studying. I process materially a little slower and working around using the computer which hurts my eyes and which gives me headaches.

Using a computer and daily activity actually really drains me. Which for a lot of people may sound strange, but when you’re so sensitive to light and lighting and trying to handle the constant changes throughout the day. It takes such a toll physically, which was recently explained in my diagnosis to me.

Unfortunately, the same struggles also occur at the workplace as well, when it comes to accommodations. It’s been such an eye opener with different jobs and how they are willing to accommodate you. Personally I just pushed through, even though I did mention my issues, they still didn’t understand. So, I have just accepted where I have made mistakes because of being visually impaired to keep the job rolling and just did my best. Yes, this decision did come with a lot of verbal warning and/or I would get scrutinized against, but what choice did I have. I had to support myself and I wanted to finish school.

Thankfully, my husband has been very supportive to the best of his ability. He does say some things that hurt, but he tries his best. For him to really understand, I have actually had him come to most of my appointments. Him seeing what test I have to go through and seeing the outcomes of the test has really opened his eyes to the severity of my impairments. I know he forgets at times, because I don’t show a lot of my struggles. I have just become so used to hiding my struggles and pushing through, but he does get it for the most part.

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