"I have a question that is kind of related to adoption but kind of just
related to your experiences. My husband and I are in the process of
adopting two little boys, one who is HIV+ and the other who has
"possible vision issues". I know your husband is considered legally
blind. I don't think our son is, but honestly we don't know and won't
until he's home. I was just hoping you could offer some assurance that
someone with vision limitations can have a normal, full, lovely life."
Kait, most definitely! My husband is legally blind. He is completely
blind in one eye. In the other eye he has no peripheral vision, his eye
doesn't dilate (so dark is super dark and light is super light), and he
has 20/200 vision in the right lighting environment. He went blind in
college after not managing his diabetes well. Even so, he snagged a
great gal like me (ha!), was approved to adopt four kids
internationally, fully supports his family financially, and still enjoys
watching college sports! There are so many tools out there for the
visually impaired. As a software engineer Eric uses a program that
provides magnification and will read to him when needed.
As it happens, my niece Mia is also legally blind. She is more visually
impaired that my husband. My sister, Nichole, adopted her from
Guatemala as a toddler. I'm betting Nichole will speak up about how
fabulous Mia is doing at 7 years old. She amazes me! She is at the top
of her class, and is learning to read braille. She is planning to be a
teacher, and I absolutely believe she can do it!
I think the thing to remember is that for a person with special needs,
their "normal" is just different. No less than our normal--just different.