Re: Medical Disabilty/Contracting/Jobs

Subject: Re: Medical Disabilty/Contracting/Jobs
From: "Pro TechWriter" <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Fred Ridder" <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2007 08:15:56 -0700

Oops. Wrong description. The type of "tunnel vision" that removes peripheral
vision is what I meant. Thanks to Fred for correcting me.


On 6/8/07, Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com> wrote:
> I don't mean to be argumentative, but your description of
> macular degeneration is exactly backwards. The macula is
> the central, high-resolution area of the retina, and when it
> degenerates it causes blurriness and eventually total loss of
> *central* vision, while peripheral vision is largely unaffected.
> Macular degeneration is a particular devastating form of vision
> loss specifically because it takes away the ability to read, and
> even to recognize faces because much of our visual pattern
> recognition ability is specific to the central vision area.
> >From: "Pro TechWriter" <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
> >To: "Al Geist" <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
> >CC: Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
> >Subject: Re: Medical Disabilty/Contracting/Jobs
> >Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2007 17:23:08 -0400
> >
> >Hey Al:
> >
> >Knowing you, I am sure you did not intend to hurt anyone's feelings or be
> >insensitive at all. Most people don't understand the terminology for
> >blindness (or deafness either) unless they know someone who has this
> issue,
> >or unless they have been educated about it.
> >
> >Having worked for the Texas Rehabilitation Commission years ago, I
> learned
> >some things that a lot of people don't know about disabilities. Well,
> it's
> >also my experience, but I'll get to that in a minute.
> >
> >One misconception is that "legally blind" means "can't see at all." This
> >is
> >usually not true.
> >
> >Without vision correction, I am classified as legally blind, because I
> have
> >a vision range of about 6' from the end of my nose without glasses or
> >contacts. "Legally blind" starts at about 20/200 vision. My vision is
> >20/450
> >in one eye, and 20/475 in the other--uncorrected. With contact lense
> >correction, it is about 20/40 or so. I do, however, work at my computer
> >without my vision correction sometimes, but I sit close to the monitor
> :-)
> >
> >Some relatives in my family have macular degeneration, a form of
> blindness.
> >They can see directly in front of them (as if in a tunnel) but do not
> have
> >any peripheral vision. They can work at a computer very well, but cannot
> >drive a car.
> >
> >It's a matter of degree, I suppose. I think there are assistive devices
> >that
> >will allow people with "low vision" to do documentation quite well, using
> >magnification and voice recognition technology, or even dictation that
> >someone else transcribes. I would think that a talented technical writer
> >could work around vision issues.
> >
> >Anyway, I hope the explanation helps someone.
> >
> >Best,
> >PT
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