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What can a blind person do?
What kind of life can a blind person have?
If you are experiencing vision loss or know someone who is, you may be asking yourselves these questions. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions and myths about what people with vision loss can do and what their lives must be like. Helpless, dependent, unable, and lost are some of the words commonly used in media and society to describe the blind.
Fortunately, the truth is that blind people can do almost everything and can have a great life! People who are blind or have low vision work in almost every occupation. There are blind doctors, chefs, lawyers, entertainers, stay-at-home-parents, accountants, bartenders–almost anything you can think of except maybe pizza delivery driver! Blind people have all kinds of hobbies as well. Competitive sports, music, sailing, mountain climbing, horseback riding, scrapbooking, sewing, cooking–the list is unlimited! People with vision loss are active in their communities and partake in government, charities, social groups, schools, and anything else you can think of.
Good skills create opportunity.
But there is a learning curve to being able to access the tools you will need to meet your goals and explore your interests when you are blind or have low vision. At Miles Access Skills Training, we are here to help you climb over that curve and learn all the skills you need to independently do what you want. It is actually a very exciting time to be blind! Every day, technology is improving to make the world more easily accessible for people who are sensory impaired. When pairing new technology with basic and timeless low-or no tech skills, there isn’t really too much to limit what is possible for you.
We live what we teach.
We know the skills of blindness inside and out because as blind people ourselves, we use them everyday. We have been where you are and had to climb up the learning curve ourselves. We are still continually learning new skills, adaptations and technology and can pass our decades of real life knowledge on to you in a fun way that is customized for your individual needs. Learning can be hard work, but it can also be engaging, empowering and enjoyable. We will be with you every step of the way as you chart your own course to your life!
Where do you want to go next?
We invite you to take a look around the site to learn more about how Miles Access Skills Training can help you meet your goals. Call or email us anytime to ask questions. In most cases, we offer a free consultation so that we may learn about what you want to get out of training and you can learn about what we have to offer. We can also discuss different funding possibilities as well.
Been there, done that?
We know that some of you might be old pros at living with vision loss. But technology is changing so fast, it can be hard to keep up. We track and learn all the newest technologies so you don’t have to if you have better things to do. MAST can take you to the next level and help you discover new adaptations that might really work for you and make something that has been a struggle become much easier. Or if your job is changing and you need to learn a new skill, we can help with that, too.
You are an untapped resource.
We all have dealt with the struggles of trying to convince an employer to hire us when they have many misconceptions about the capabilities of sensory impaired people. If you need technical assistance to convince an employer to hire you or keep you on, we can help. We can assist employers to make their computer systems accessible to you, and teach you how to use them. Let us help you take your career as far as it can go, and work with employers to fully realize all of the talent and dedication that you have to offer.
We serve everyone.
Although the skills of blindness is our specialty, we work with a variety of people with a variety of needs. If you have other needs in addition to blindness, such as deafness, developmental or physical disabilities, autism or mental illness, we are always willing to work with you and customize to your needs.