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Ask The Coach
May 2022

Original Release: 5/1/2022

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How many times do we find ourselves either stuck or stymied, overwhelmed or overcome because of vision loss?

Or how many times do we find ourselves in a quandary or sinking in quick sand because of our sight loss?

No matter if we use the term blind or vision impaired or low vision to describe our circumstance, the fact remains that we often need varying degrees of help, assistance, mentoring, or advice to help us cope.

My name is Donna Jodhan and I am using my extensive experience as a sight loss coach as well as my lived experience to share and respond to questions that are submitted to me and I also invite you to share your thoughts on questions asked.

Question #1 of 3:

A Question from Christoff in Columbus Ohio: Christoff is looking for some tips for online shopping.

Response #1 of 3:

Christoff, I believe that online shopping has several sides to it.

If the website that you visit is usable, navigable, and accessible then I have no problem. However I will caution that one needs to ensure that when doing online shopping, you need to ensure that it is a secure website and this is most important.

I use online shopping for certain types of purchases and sometimes if the website in question is not very accessible for me I ask a trusted friend to help me.

Before purchasing I normally ask a sighted friend to describe the product for me but in instances where it is a book or an I device or maybe food stuff, I am okay to purchase on my own.

Question #2 of 3:

A Question From Candice in Jackson Tennessee: Candice would like to know if it is important to ask the dentist to describe what they are doing when you visit them.

Response #2 of 3:

Candice, for me; I always ask my dentist to describe what is going to do or is doing when I visit. I feel very comfortable when I know what is going to take place.

I ask them to tell me where I need to rinse my mouth and to tell me where things are.

Now, like doctors, some dentists are very good at describing things but there are others who are not so good.

It all depends on one's comfort level.

Question #3 of 3:

A Question from Yasmin in Chicago Illinois: Yasmin has a pre teen daughter who is blind and is interested in working with jigsaw puzzles. However she would like to find jigsaw puzzles with large pieces so that her daughter can see what she is working with.

Response #3 of 3:

Yasmin, the last time that I saw one of these was many years ago when I bought one at a nearby craft store. I do not know how easy they would be to find these today and if they are even available.

So I am going to ask others for their input.

Personally, I would be interested to know if there are jigsaw puzzles out there that a blind person can work with.

I think that it would be lots of fun if blind persons could be able to work with jigsaws in some way.

Does anyone have any other suggestions? Tell us what you think! Share your feedback and let's get more ideas cracking! It's important for us to share how we do things!

To contact me with a question or a thought; please send an email to me at ✉ and I'll be sure to respond inside of 5 business days at the most. If you need me to respond earlier then put the word important in your subject line and I'll do my very best to respond more quickly.

Until the next time then!

I'm Donna wishing you a pleasant day and thanking everyone for their insightful feedback and suggestions!

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