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methods for reading? - August 13th 2012, 03:10 AM

im not sure where this should be, but im guessing here. Mods, feel free to move it if it belongs somewhere else.

anyway. im having a lot of issues seeing. yes, i know i need to see an eyedoctor. but im not sure when thats going to happen, since ive been telling my parents this for 4-6 months and still nothing. but my main issue with it right now is reading. i have a homework assignment for the summer that involves a lot of it, and its due the fourth. i can barely read normal text as it is anymore, and this textbook has text that is slightly smaller than normal. needless to say, im having a lot of issues with it. i have 2.5 chapters left to read in only about 2 weeks, and there is no way im going to get it done by then in this state. so i was wondering if anyone had any ideas that might help? one of my friends sugessted a magnifying glass, which i tried, but that just made it worse. when i go for orientation, im going to ask for larger text books, but even then im not sure if im going to be capable of it. and if i dont get my homework done in time, then im going to have to drop the class, which i really dont want to do(its AP US history). but its not just for this assignment, its for reading in general. i used to be a bookworm, but as its gotten pregressivly worse for me to see, i barely read anything anymore.
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Re: methods for reading? - August 13th 2012, 07:17 AM

Tell your parents to get off their butts and take you to an ophthalmologist ASAP. The fact that your vision is getting progressively worse within a period of months is highly abnormal and indicative of a problem that could be serious. It might be cataracts, it might be glaucoma. Tell your parents that unless they plan on having a blind daughter in the near future, they'd better act.


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Re: methods for reading? - August 13th 2012, 05:40 PM

i have been. my mom keeps saying 'dont worry, its allergies. take a benidril and youll be fine. ill take you once we get you insurance' it still hasnt happened, and i know for a fact its not allergies. and my stepdad doesnt beleive anythings wrong at all. he thinks its all an act for me to get attention. but i cant do my homework that last year would take less than a month to do. i dont know how im supposed to compleate this assingment, let alone any once school starts, if i cant even read anymore.


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Re: methods for reading? - August 14th 2012, 07:36 AM

Hey Samuel,

You really need to go to the staff at your school then for support.
The way your parents are treating you is neglect. They are neglecting to take care of your medical needs and you have pointed out to them the seriousness of the problems with your eyesight and they have ignored you.
I agree this is definitely not alergies and you need to get it checked out so that if there is a way to repair your sight that can be done sooner rather than later.
Also when you are in school if they do not give you access to the large printed books (they may only give them to students with documented visual impairments) they may eventually notice how much you are struggling as they see you not being able to read. That may not be the best route but it may be how things end up and in that case you may be requested by the school to get your eyes checked out.
I am not to sure on any suggestions on how to improve your reading because I have never dealt with this because I've never read print.
Hopefully things get resolved soon and you can get to the doctor. Keep mentioning things to your parents and as much as it may annoy them they should care about your health enough to do something and none of them being annoyed or shrugging it off is your fault; they just do not get it because they are not you.
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Re: methods for reading? - August 15th 2012, 09:40 AM

Agreed with the above, they're neglecting you and you need to let someone know before the problems get worse.


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Re: methods for reading? - August 15th 2012, 05:05 PM

i remind my parents every day, and my gram knows about it too. whenever she talks to my mom she brings it up, but it hasnt sunk in yet i guess. im going to talk to someone at school next tuesday at orientation, but i dont know what they can do without me having been to the eye doctor. ill keep trying though.


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Re: methods for reading? - August 17th 2012, 02:10 AM

The others are right, but as for tips in reading with impaired vision, there's not much we can tell you. You can go and see an optometrist for now, and see what your vision is at (in my country, they usually have free consultations), and you might be able to find you a pair of glasses that suits your eyesight for a decent price (not saying it'll be cheap, but it'll get you through the next two weeks).

Unfortunately, there's not really much else you can do. You can ask your friends if they can make notes, or a timeline of the particular chapters, and e-mail it to you so then you can fiddle with the settings in Microsoft Word (my boss uses this method, because he only has about 10% vision in each eye). You can also do the same thing with an e-book version of the textbook, which might be available here:

http://www.textbooks.com/etextbooks.php

Alternatively, your textbook might come with a CD-ROM that is, in essence, an e-book of the physical version (throughout my High School studies and in some subjects at Law school, it was quite a prevalent trade custom to provide an e-book version with the physical textbook). Failing that, you could scan the chapters that you need, transfer it to a computer and zoom in using Adobe Reader (this is probably the most arduous task I've ever had the personal experience of doing; remember to wear a lead apron or something arather if you're going to be scanning 50+ pages in sitting - mild radiation poisoning isn't uncommon for scanning/photocopying large amounts at a time).

Other than that, I don't really have any other possible temporary fixes for your problem. You do need to drill it into your parents that your vision is degrading.


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Re: methods for reading? - August 17th 2012, 04:52 AM

alright. thank you very much Mitch. ill look into that


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Re: methods for reading? - August 19th 2012, 09:45 PM

Hi Samuel.

I pretty much agree with what everyone said above. It might be that your parents are having trouble getting health insurance for you, and so they are avoiding the topic altogether. I'm glad your grandma is talking to your mom about it, because she might start to hear it after a while.

In the meantime, I think talking to some people at your school about it could really help. They might be able to find some sliding scale coverage for your family so that you can go to an ophthalmologist, or they might help you find other resources to make reading easier while your parents look through insurance options.

I think Mitch's idea was pretty good too. If there's an e-reader version of your textbook, definitely look into that! Good luck!


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Re: methods for reading? - August 20th 2012, 01:33 AM

I think what everyone has said is definitely true. You should really go see an eye doctor, for it doesn't seem to be related to dyslexia or something similar at all. Also, a really great tool that is available through libraries and even through colleges and such are audio books, so even if you can't read every word correctly due to whatever reason, you are hearing it as well. Hope that helps


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Re: methods for reading? - August 21st 2012, 01:05 AM

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Re: methods for reading? - August 21st 2012, 01:10 AM

I'm no a professional doctor so I can't help much. Have you tried reading glasses? That might help. Go to a local dollar store and pick some up. Maybe it'll help?

With other methods, I know a few because I have a reading disability. :P Have you looked at finding the recording of the book? You can look at finding it on a tape and listening to it. Like some said above, getting an electric version can help a ton, definitely since you can normally change the font and size of the words. Look into renting the book at the library or buying a cheap version on amazon. Some books have different covers/ect, which also can include different font size and style. A lot of times, for school books, there are bigger font and more spaced out lines version of the books for those who have different disabilities. You can try looking these up online and see if you can find any

Something that might count as cheating is using sparknotes. You could always read the sparknotes version and then continue reading at your own pace, so that way you won't fall behind. That's something I did a lot during school. Check out the website, maybe they'll have your summer book!

Another thing I recommend trying is e-mailing the teacher now. I know it might be awkward since you might not have met this teacher yet, but it will be worth it. In the e-mail, explain your situation. Teachers can be very understanding, and since 1. you are doing it ahead of time instead of the day before school starts 2. you are doing it yourself instead of making your parents do it and 3. you are doing it in a mature-adult manner, the teacher is more likely to understand and can help you figure out a solution to the problem. You don't need to necessary say that your parents are neglecting you, just claim that they think it's allergies but it is still hurting your ability to read the book. A lot of teachers can be understanding So it's worth a try!




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Re: methods for reading? - August 25th 2012, 08:27 PM

Any updates?


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Re: methods for reading? - August 28th 2012, 02:28 AM

Thanks Raining Glitter

and yeah, tomorrow im going to my normal eye doctor. if they cant figure out whats wrong(which they said was likely) i have to see a specialist on October 1. at orientation last week i talked to one of the school counclers, and she sent and email to all my tri one teachers, as well as a notice to teh special ed teacher so he can send a request to Oakland for larger print books. so its getting there i hope


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