Back again after long break

February 2, 2010

Apologies to anyone who reads or subscribes to my blog. I can’t believe it’s been more than two months since I last wrote down my thoughts.

It has been a hugely busy time, Christmas coming at the same time as our car being written off. With only one of us able to drive, this is a major inconvenience as much as a drama. My wife has had to deal with a mountain of paperwork without much help from me. It is one of those times that makes a blind person feel very useless.

On the plus side, I have been very lucky to receive some new equipment from one of the charities I work for. This is relevant as the equipment is aimed at enhancing my ability to contribute and get around independently.

They have supplied me with a Macintosh computer and aniPhone. Both come with software called Voice Over – I guess the Apple equivalent of JAWS for windows. I will do a review of these soon. In the meantime I have been taught how to use a long cane, which has made a big difference to my confidence when out on my own. It took a great deal of soul searching before I was willing to advertise my disability so obviously. So far, however, I’ve found it to be a positive experience as more people have been proactive in offering help than when I had a simple symbol cane.

I will stop now as it has taken me a couple of hours to get onto my blog using the Mac. It didn’t help that I couldn’t remember my log on info!