How to work with me and my sightIt is not always evident when you first meet me that I have a severe eye sight condition. It is called dominant cone rod dystrophy and I was born with it. If you are interested you can read more here\
i do not use a white stick or have a guide dog. I am mobile, independent and assertive. I ask for help when I need it. In crude terms, with my contact lenses in and sunglasses on, I can see about 20-25% of what someone with perfect vision can see but this varies depending on the light – sunshine causes me most difficulties and I can see best at dusk.
There are some things that you might consider doing to make our working relationship productive such as,
- Say who you are when we meet – something like ‘Hi Steve it’s xxx here’ will save me time
- Email me docs / presentations to email@example.com if you want me to easily see them. You don't need to do anything special to the format.
- If we are travelling together free to tell me when it is safe to cross the road, if I am about to fall down steps or collide with something. I won’t be offended if you underestimate what I can see. If I am making international trips I will usually take an assistant with me. Airports are confusing places when you can't see the signs!
- You might also help me find vegetarian food. Seeing what’s on offer at buffets is a professional nightmare!
Thanks for reading. I hope this is helpful.