PORT RICHEY, Florida, July 27, 2021 / PRNewswire / – More than 3 million Americans aged 55 and over have difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses and only 5% of people with vision loss who are eligible for services actually seek them out. That is why Sylvia Stinson-PÃ©rez, Director of the Technical Assistance Center for the Blind Elderly (OIB-TAC), talks about living with vision loss.
âI was born with low vision. I have always been legally blind. I have retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease. As a result, I have lost more and more vision over the years, not having more than glowing perception Yes it’s harder to live with vision lossâ¦ but if you learn how and have a good, strong support network it can be doneâ¦ and most people have reported that they found a new zest for life after overcoming such a great challenge in life, âsays Stinson-Perez.
Stinson-Perez and his team recently launched a public service awareness campaign called Time To Be Bold (www.timetobebold.org) to educate, engage and empower people in need to use free and low-cost services in their states that will give them the tools, technology, training and support they need to live their lives boldly and to the fullest.
According to Stinson-Perez: âPeople who are visually impaired or blind really benefit from a variety of technological options. Technology is truly the great equalizer for the visually impaired and blind. âYet â which provides all the help you need. I’m delighted that mainstream companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Google have gone to such great lengths to include built-in accessibility in more and more of their products. I use audio, braille, and many useful smartphone apps on a daily basis. For the visually impaired, the magnification can really make a huge difference, however, it is so important that one does a good assessment of the light. low vision to find the right magnification and then get proper training on the magnifier. It is not enough to go online or to a medical supply store and buy a magnifying glass. Another very important thing for the visually impaired is good organization and a labeling system for items like medicines. no good system, but we all need a strong system that works for us and our individual needs. “
âI have had a very successful life. I have been married for almost 28 years, raised a brilliant daughter, had an amazing career, had many wonderful friendships, I have hobbies. time and had fun adventures. I never let blindness stop meâ¦ in fact, I used it to push me to do more and be more than I maybe had if I hadn’t had a visual impairment, “she adds.
To request an interview with Sylvia Stinson-PÃ©rez, E-mail [emailÂ protected].
SOURCE Elderly Blind Technical Assistance Center