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Any suggestions for jobs for the partially-sighted?

Discussion in 'Jobs and Employment' started by Sosgez, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. Sosgez

    Sosgez Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    As one of the Undead (but definitely going downhill) whose sight is fading, and some would say "mind" as well, I would dearly like to find useful things to do with my time. Any suggestions ?

    I volunteer. Can still make tea, one-handed these days. I'm not great on the phone. Can't understand what people say very often. I make amazingly obvious mistakes because I can't see what I'm reading very accurately. So anything that affected someone's health or was to do with money or travel would be a nightmare. Can't recognise faces very well, not to mention signs, lcd screens, phones.

    Obviously I can still do a bit on a computer. Preferably nothing that has serious consequences if done incorrectly.
    Surely there are better ways to fade out ?
     
  2. Pipp

    Pipp Type 2 · Expert
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    Hello @Sosgez

    There are all sorts of aids and support and advice for people with visual impairments.


    I wonder if these folks will be able to give appropriate help and advice for you.


    https://www.sightsupport.org/


    I hope so.

    Best wishes.
     
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    sleepster Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @Sosgez, how are you with animals? How about pet-sitting? Or volunteering at an animal shelter/rescue? I suspect there are paid positions in such places too :cat:
     
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    Mike d Type 2 · Expert

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    @Sosgez ... All I can think of is what a waste !! I know you have PC talents. How skilled are you in that area?
     
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    Sosgez Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I love cats, and a few dogs. Have been bitten by 3 animals recently so maybe they don't appreciate me?
     
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    Sosgez Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    That's my feeling exactly. I'm pretty good at World Domination, but D Trump and V Putin seem to have it sewn up.
     
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    Sosgez Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, I'm fully aware of these things. Unfortunately the amount of help claimed is vastly exaggerated. None are very useful in a work context. Everything one tries to do using these aids is very much slowed down. That's why I'm interested in jobs where that doesn't matter so much.
     
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    Ah, ok, apologies. I was thinking maybe you could be of use to them with your skills and experience to help others.
     
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    Sosgez Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Again, I'd be interested in ideas about specific paid roles where low vision barriers are unimportant.
    I have enough trouble keeping myself from harm every day. I'm not sure I would be safe helping others beyond my volunteering.
     
  10. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    What's does your volunteering involve? That's might help others think of "stuff" you could do.

    To be fair, you're not exactly seeking yourself on here, with several of your posts, on this thread, and others seemingly concentrating on what you can't do.
     
  11. Sosgez

    Sosgez Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I mostly help people buy things in a charity shop. I don't want to do this any more.

    Kinds of activities I've considered are things like: writing a book; creating some art; researching/investigating something, via internet resources; design of electronics, but not building it myself; something very niche in software development, but not in a group or with any urgency.
    This message took me more than one hour.
     
  12. Mike d

    Mike d Type 2 · Expert

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    What coding skills do you have?
     
  13. Sosgez

    Sosgez Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    c, c++, c#, mfc, java (applets) .net(some), python (some), vhdl. Mostly win, some unix/linux, old os like rms/rt. Historically loads more, from 1976 on mainframes/minis, then many 8/16/32bit embedded/parallel cpus. e.g. image processing in machine code, Fortran then c,c#, device drivers, robot control, audio i/o, environmental monitoring, data logging, telemetry/mesh, sonar instruments, industrial lasers, DAQ systems, ATE, life testing. IoT. Real time - 1us is an eternity, some events last <1ps. Currently enjoying esp32s.
    But I'm definitely not from the modern era software engineer culture.
     
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    Mike d Type 2 · Expert

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    You alluded to that scope in a much earlier post

    Find it hard to believe someone wouldn't find that valuable in some form. And if they did, could you handle it?

     
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    Sosgez Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I don't think many employers want to take the risk.
     
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