FRED’S STORY – A New Outlook
Fred had near-perfect vision, but in October of 2011, he suddenly found it difficult to see.“I had no idea what was happening,” he says. He visited his optometrist, thinking it was time for his first pair of glasses. Instead he learned he was legally blind.
A lifelong firefighter, Fred suddenly couldn’t do his job. With help from CNIB, he found another job, advocating for disabled firefighters.
Two and a half years later, Fred says he’s able to get on with his life in large part thanks to CNIB. He credits the agency’s vision specialist, with giving him the confidence to leave home, and a technology consultant, who helped him find a computer.
Because Fred still has some vision, he can benefit from some of the new technology. “There’s an app that scans objects and tells you what colour they are,” he says. “I can use it to help me colour coordinate my clothes.”
Dressing sharply is important to Fred these days, as a Client Ambassador for CNIB and the United Way. “I can’t read anymore, so my speeches are all from memory,” he says.
“As much as my independence has been limited, CNIB has given it back to me,” he says. “That’s a credit to CNIB and United Way.”