Living With Low Vision: Stories of Hope and Independence (Ruth Margolies)


[Music] What happened is, I seen a big black
blob over my sink. I was getting my eyes
checked all the time, and they told me that if I
ever seen any change, I should come
in immediately. And when they checked
me out, they said I had bleeding behind the retina. And she had to give me an
injection in my eye and stop the bleeding. I’ve been getting
injections about once a month, once every six weeks, for, in my
eye, to keep it stable. How you doing, Miss Ruth. I’m Aiko Hawkins. I’m an assistant
technology specialist. And I’ve come today to
talk with you about the talking color identifier. And I have here with me
my service animal, Bianca. May we come in? Okay. Come right in. Thank you. Your blindness changes
your lifestyle. I was still driving and
I could still see, but I didn’t think I could
see real clear. So I thought to myself, nobody told me
to give it up. I’m just going to quit
driving, you know. And I just gave it
up, just like that. We got a hold of
Victoria Hamilton. She said, “Come on down.” And my daughter, we,
she took me down there. Miss Margolis is a very
aggressive young lady, and she will seek out
all the services that are available. There’s a lot of different
things that can help you, yes right. Just depends
what you need. This is the talking
color identifier. And it can be used to
detect colors, primarily in your clothing,
shoes, maybe your pocketbooks, accessories. I can see certain colors. Yellow, orchid, green, it
shows up enough to see. And I get mixed up
with black and brown. [device voice:
purple, purple] And I’m a person, I like
everything to match. So I like everything
that goes together. So I try to put in my closet, I try to hang everything up on the
hanger that all goes together, so when I
take it out, like what I’m wearing is all, was hanging all together. She gave me a talking watch
and the talking clock that I have by my bed. [clock voice] I write my own checks,
and you have to have a magnifying machine. So first thing that
I had gotten is a magnifying machine,
which helps me a lot. I try to do everything myself that I can. Every morning, I get
up at six o’clock. I am busy every
single day. I go on trips on the bus
and stuff like that. And if they have trips,
I try to go on everything. I go across the street,
they have a crosswalk. And I go by myself,
and I go to this mall. And I don’t mind, really,
going and shopping, because there are so many
nice people there that really help you with
the different things. I recommend people myself. If you have, you know,
your vision problem, that I think you should just try
to do like you used to do when you could see. With my disability, I’ll
figure I just have to get on and do
my own thing. At age 92, you know,
I don’t think I’m doing too terrible.

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