A good thing happened yesterday. My CCTV digital magnifier and my ZoomText magnification software arrived at my office. Employees from the state agency I receive services from installed everything, and after a few hours, I was up and running. I can feel my future eye strain lessening.
When I started working in April, I relied on Microsoft magnifier settings on the computers and my handheld LED magnifier. A few weeks ago, the guy who installed the office copier synced my computer and got a surprise.
“Whoa, that screen is wild,” he said, leaning back from the magnified output.
“Oh, I can turn that off for you,” I said, clicking the mouse to X out. “I have a visual impairment.” I go back to filing papers in the drawers around the corner.
I use technology at work to help me do my job: some high tech, some low tech. There are ways to still be out there earning a paycheck despite vision issues. So, if anyone finds her vision failing in the future, it doesn’t have to be such an obstacle to overcome. Sure, some of the options can be expensive, but there are state programs to help finance these things. We live in a time where accessibility gets easier and easier, seemingly by the week. I am grateful for the accessibility options I have today.
Let me know if you have questions about accommodations at work.