David is a 70-year-old man from Greater Boston who was first registered with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) in 1998. David is a great example of someone who used a combination of skills and assistive technology to continue working in his chosen profession following his legal blindness diagnosis.
He recalls the process of losing his central vision to the point where a friend would no longer travel with him because he had almost hit a bicyclist in passing. His low vision therapist encouraged him to turn in his driver’s license, by visiting his eye doctor and being declared legally blind. David recalls that the “first piece of equipment (he) received from MCB and the last to use has proven to be the most useful….the white cane.” In addition to his white cane, David is now an expert user of low vision adaptive technology.
By expanding his existing technology interest, he embraced learning the accessibility features on Apple products, such as the iPad and iPhone. He was able to use hand magnifiers, Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTVs) and recorders supplied by MCB to work an additional 10 years in the printing industry after his diagnosis. He worked at companies such as Charette and Service Point in Harvard Square.
In 2008, upon retiring from the printing industry after a 25 year career, his wife encouraged him to remain active in the community. As a motivated person, he chose to embrace retirement and has been a volunteer for seven years in the woodshop at Perkins School for the Blind. In 2014, Perkins did a feature video on David’s volunteer work in the shop. The video can be viewed on Vimeo.
David also actively participates as the co-leader of the MAB Watertown Low Vision Support Group. In August 2014, he served on a panel, at the MAB Community Services Annual Meeting, moderated by Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Commissioner Paul Saner. "An App a Day Keeps the Doctor Away" panelists discussed how visually impaired seniors are increasingly using high-tech strategies to compensate for vision loss and to promote healthy aging. In late 2014, David was interviewed by Commissioner Saner for MCB’s Horizons radio show.
Throughout his life, David’s positive attitude and eagerness to learn have greatly benefited him. He quips that when he retired, his wife motivated him to volunteer by reminding him, “I married you for life, but not for lunch.”
This information is provided by the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.