Living with Low Vision – Using the MagniLink S at Work

When Rebecca Dorton had trouble at work, she never expected to find the solution in her husband’s tackle box, but that’s exactly what happened one night in East Tennessee.

Living with Low Vision - Using the MagniLink S at Work Care

After earning a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a Legal Studies minor, Rebecca was hired by the Sullivan County Circuit Court Clerks in East Tennessee. Familiar with assistive technology from her college days, Rebecca worked with her state’s vocational rehabilitation agency to get the tools necessary for her to work in a setting that relies heavily on paper documents. In fact, not only does the court system favor paper over digital documents, it uses low-tech, old-school highlighters to mark the pages.

Rebecca has Cone-rod dystrophy (CRD). Due to her loss of visual acuity – she is legally blind – the state equipped her with an LVI MagniLink S (MLS) which she combined with a 24” TV to easily view paperwork at her desk at work. However, the ordinary highlighter was a sticking point for Rebecca because CRD caused a loss of color perception which caused her to have color-blindness.

Living with Low Vision - Using the MagniLink S at Work Care

As Rebecca and her husband, Jim, discussed the issue one evening, he jumped up, ran to the garage, and re-entered the room carrying his tackle box. Jim instructed Rebecca to get some paper and a highlighter. The couple made a few marks on the paper, marks Rebecca couldn’t distinguish, until her husband turned on his blacklight penlight. Ta-Da! The marks were now visible. It turns out whether you’re trying to see fluorescent marks on a paper or fluorescent fishing line at night, all you need is a blacklight. Her husband Jim gets points for this one!

Join us as Rebecca shares how she uses the MLS effectively for her job and for reading and home use.  Rebecca will share the journey she has traveled and how and why she has always kept a positive attitude no matter what life throws her way.

About New England Low Vision and Blindness

New England Low Vision and Blindness uniquely brings hope through technology, training, and care.  We are a full-service assistive technology rehabilitation training provider. We offer nearly 100% of all major electronic low vision, blindness, and software products and an assistive technology showroom center.

We provide ‘patient choice’ showcasing numerous technology options from the world’s most respected suppliers, all in line with one’s individualized budgetary limits and personal, educational, or professional goals. We also provide custom training solutions and troubleshooting support.

Widely known, tested, and trusted throughout New England, our team brings 75+ years of low vision experience. Our talent, technology, and training offerings are unmatched and highly respected. We are an extremely unique and extraordinary resource for anyone suffering from vision loss in New England. We are here to help.

Through our free demonstrations – either at one of our conveniently located assistive technology showrooms or in their home, office, or school – clients experience a relaxed 2-hour free personal demonstration of almost 100% of all low vision and blindness technologies available on the market.

To learn more about how we Bring Hope to people who are blind or with low vision, contact a Technology Specialist at New England Low Vision and Blindness please call our toll-free number 888-211-6933 or email us at info@nelowvision.com.

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