Nisha was a lawyer who practiced criminal law, worked for a judge, and used her expertise at a legal research database company. She accomplished these things despite having being born with cone-rod dystrophy, which worsened over the years, eventually leaving her legally blind.

An empty nester, she moved back to New York City after having lived in suburban Connecticut for almost 30 years. Her vision loss made it impossible for her to drive and life in New York City does not require a car. A Lighthouse Guild optometrist and assistive technology specialist changed her life. The doctor “introduced me to some technologies that I was not aware of, such as binoculars that I can place over my glasses to assist me with reading” as well as other magnification tools. The technology specialist taught her how to use the computer and a screen reader. “I was continuing to try to use the laptop as if I were a fully sighted person and I was caught between these two strange worlds. It was not working for me at all.” She looks forward to being trained to use other apps in the future.

“Everything about [this] organization tells me they understand what I am going through and can help me adapt to this new world. And the fact that they employ people who have disabilities tells me that they believe that there is a future for people who are visually impaired or blind and they should not just be relegated to their homes.”

Everything about [this] organization tells me they understand what I am going through and can help me adapt to this new world.

Nisha, client

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