My name is Isaac, and I've been legally blind for 4 years now. My vision is, at best correction, about 20/400 in both eyes. Ask me anything! Edit: I've answered "how are you reading this" multiple times. Read those answers. https://truepic.com/1guedg7p

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Jevans71022891 karma

What’s something that is difficult to do for blind people that we don’t talk about much or at all?

morrisdelancey5431 karma

Getting a job, 100%. In general, after someone has adapted to blindness, it doesn't keep us from being able to work. However, it does make people wary of hiring us. The ADA makes discrimination against the disabled illegal when it doesn't interfere with the job being done, but it still happens. People can barely fathom seeing us alone in public, let alone working. Out applications tend to be thrown out, and 80% of us are unemployed.

SillySlimes1896 karma

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morrisdelancey2823 karma

Transportation. I use RTA, but that means I have to schedule my rides 24 hours in advance. I'm a very spontaneous person, so, if I want to do something on a whim, I have to find a friend to take me. Because of this, I hope to move to a place with a taxi service soon.

FirstNameHere618 karma

What's RTA? I'm blind and very desperate for subsidized transportation because cabs are expensive.

morrisdelancey945 karma

Bussing system in my city. I have to pay in full, but they'll pick me up at my door bc I'm blind

DrunkCanadianGuy1828 karma

I'm not blind but I have nystagmus, and I can't drive anymore because my vision is terrible, are you excited about the future of self driving cars and when they get to a point where they are 100% reliable, would you consider getting one for transportation?

morrisdelancey1809 karma

No doubt about it! I'm a big fan of AI in general, so I'd be ecstatic about that level of innovation. I'm still holding out for humanlike androids, though. That's what really interests me. I want a robot buddy, dammit! :P

Cabralustico3451334 karma

How are you reading this?

morrisdelancey1970 karma

As I have some vision, I'm able to use a screen to read if I zoom in on the text. Totally blind users use something called a screen reader, which speaks text aloud.

missthatisall1259 karma

What’s something your teachers did or could have done to help with your learning?

morrisdelancey2528 karma

The most useful thing they've done is let me take pictures of the board in place of notes.

I actually have a very funny story about something kind of stupid they almost did. For a few years, I went to a private catholic school because they had a disability scholarship and REALLY nice extracurriculars I wanted in on. Their special education department, however, required students with IEPs to take ASL because the intervention specialist taught the class. You can see my dilemma.

MicroMutt_862 karma

How did that work out?

morrisdelancey148 karma

I got a waiver from the principal, lol

Village_People_Cop61 karma

I can already see you at the principal's office explaining that they want to make you take ASL

morrisdelancey83 karma

It was like the mike wazowski meme

tyme912 karma

What’s the thing on your left cheek?

morrisdelancey1665 karma

A finding nemo bandaid. Scratched a mosquito bite.

FusionFall873 karma

How did you become blind?

morrisdelancey3553 karma

A very unusual way, actually. When I was 14, I got very sick. At the time, they didn't know what it was. I couldn't walk for 9 months due to leg stiffness, and my vision became extremely blurred. I went under a battery of tests, but the only thing that came back abnormal was my VEP, a test of the optic nerve. My legs returned to normal only after 2 years of physical therapy, but my eyes didn't. Years later, they found out, via another bout of the same illness, that I had something called PANDAS. Basically, when I get strep throat, my body can't differentiate between the bacteria and my nervous tissue. It attacked my brain. Normally this caused OCD symptoms and a tic disorder, but, on rare occasions, it manifests as a movement disorder as well. There was no permanent damage to my brain, but, because my brain was swollen at the time, it compressed my optic nerve and starved it of oxygen. I'm blind due to the optic nerve damage.

SapientSloth484 karma

The Blinding of Isaac

morrisdelancey295 karma

HEHEHEHE

meatyscientist346 karma

Okay, since you've seen them. What's your favorite color?

Edit: I was genuinely curious, I realize that could have been insensitive though.

morrisdelancey485 karma

Green!

MCKarum124 karma

To add to that: If for example holding an apple in your hand... do you still imagine the thing with colour? Also while dreaming: can you see in your dreams?

morrisdelancey274 karma

I can see color

poneil7412 karma

PANDAS?Hopefully you saw a MS specialist.

morrisdelancey24 karma

They did test me for MS. Lumbar punctures are weird. That was a fun way to learn I was immune to that particular brand of local anaesthetic, pff.

NotAFrog4665 karma

It must be difficult dealing with that at 18. How are your friends and family with it? Do they support you and help you out when you need it?

Also, what are some of your favorite hobbies?

morrisdelancey1654 karma

My family has been fine with it, though I think my mother dreads doctor's appointments now. A lot of them thought she was making up the problem initially, because the first few tests were normal. My father wasn't in the picture for a while before that.

My friends often forget I'm blind, which is a little funny to me. They'll point at something in the distance, and I just look at them expectantly until they realize. It's hilarious, though I've learned to make constant blind jokes so that they don't forget so often.

As for hobbies, I absolutely love theatre. I'm a ballet dancer, but my real heart is in acting. Musicals, plays, improv, I don't care either way. It's one of the few talents I feel naturally very stong in.

aquaticshade598 karma

They'll point at something in the distance, and I just look at them expectantly until they realize.

Ever seen Avatar: The Last Airbender? You should pull a Toph and try the opposite some time.

morrisdelancey520 karma

I love Toph so much, what a legend

Can_I_Read142 karma

I'm a ballet dancer, but my real heart is in acting. Musicals, plays, improv, I don't care either way. It's one of the few talents I feel naturally very stong in.

How do you feel about the Good Morning America kerfuffle about boys doing ballet?

I’d love to see you dance if you feel like posting a video.

morrisdelancey235 karma

Wow, I hadn't heard about that. That's pretty messed up; not just in a stupid gender norms sense, but why would you make fun of a little kid like that on live television? That's a CHILD.

Dance classes start back up tomorrow (agh! I'm nervous, it's a new school) so I might in a while! I'll be sure to post it on my reddit somewhere if I do.

SuchKarmaSoDoge431 karma

Do you enjoy films regardless of not seeing the screen?

morrisdelancey723 karma

If I watch on my phone or in a theatre (sitting close), I can usually see most of the action.

When it comed to watching them on actual TVs, it's just a blur, but yeah. I'm more of a TV series person than a movie person, to be fair, but I definitely still like to watch things. My current favorite show is Peaky Blinders (hah), and I watched Room a little while back, which was great. My favorite movie might be It (2017), though.

mrandr01d150 karma

You ever tried vr headsets to watch a movie in a simulated theater experience type thing? I wonder if that would work for you since the "screen" would be so close to your face/eyes.

morrisdelancey176 karma

They do movies like that for MRIs in children's hospitals. It was still a bit blurry, but I could see it.

blksmnr376 karma

What are some things that make you attracted to someone else? Voice? Conversation? How do you choose what you like more??

Edit: mobile formatting,

morrisdelancey752 karma

I was never super visual with my attraction anyway, though that could have been age. I'm generally the type to become very good friends with someone before I realize- oh SHIT, those were romantic feelings?

I suppose the most important thing to me is general morality. People who care about others and want to help the world are more attractive to me than anything else.

MathiasaurusRex260 karma

I spend much of my time advocating for creating accessible software and websites to ensure that they are coded correctly and can be used with assistive technology, what is one thing you would tell web developers to start doing to make things easier for people like you?

morrisdelancey372 karma

Dark text on light backgrounds. Light text on dark backgrounds.

Pikachu0903241 karma

Do you wear glasses or contacts, and do you have a drivers license?

morrisdelancey495 karma

I do wear glasses, though not often as they don't do much for my vision anymore. I can't legally drive, and I'm pretty sure it wouldn't end well if I tried, lol.

DarthMoli236 karma

Do you dream?

If so, Have you noticed a change in your dreams going from being able to see and then slowly losing your sight? When you dream now are the images blurry or sharp?

morrisdelancey294 karma

I dream. Usually, now, my dreams aren't very visually oriented, if that makes sense. What I see isn't blurry, but I only see what's important at a given time. There isn't much of a background.

wr4ith_bl4d3172 karma

Hi Isaac, thanks for doing this AMA. I've heard that the body compensates for the loss of one sense with another (e.g. your hearing/smelling is enhanced). Do you find your other senses to be sharper after your sight falters?

morrisdelancey223 karma

To some extent, but I think that, for the most part, I'm just paying more attention.

mantis___bog167 karma

Are you able to see why kids love Cinnamon Toast Crunch?

Also, what's your favorite Belle and Sebastian song?

morrisdelancey106 karma

Yes, because it's amazing.

I haven't heard any, actually!

Shootzilla147 karma

How does being legally blind affect your social life?

morrisdelancey442 karma

It gives me about a million more joke opportunities.

Really, though, I can't tell all that much. I put people off already because I'm a little too loud and I'm kinda weird, so I've always tended to make friends with the more 'outcasty' kids at my school. We don't have a theatre department, so I make friends less on a basis of similar interests and more on a basis of similar senses of humor.

Fun fact, though: my best friend at school is deaf. We started talking because both of our accommodations have us sitting in the front row in our classes.

PolishPanda5237 karma

How do you communicate? Sign language? Is it difficult to read sign language with your blindness?

morrisdelancey77 karma

Misread the question, lol. She reads lips.

ThatGuyNoOneRemember136 karma

What’s your favorite band or genre of music?

morrisdelancey283 karma

I like metal and alternative rock, mostly, but I like other genres too. Here's a short list of favorites: Avenged Sevenfold My Chemical Romance Green Day System Of A Down Johnny Cash

However, my favorite SONGS are both by Ludo: Lake Pontchartrain and Skeletons on Parade.

Jevans7102126 karma

If there was a button you could push that would give you full vision, but someone else you didn’t know became totally blind, would you push it?

morrisdelancey250 karma

Nah.

walkingchew110 karma

Can you describe your education and maybe some challenges faced and how you think it could have been improved on the educator’s part?

morrisdelancey357 karma

I went blind just after the end of 8th grade, so my experience applies to high school and the STNA program I'm taking this year.

Most teachers haven't had a blind student before. I'm always the first blind kid when I get a new teacher, which is interesting. Most teachers are pretty understanding about it; being blind is a very concrete thing, so I don't get a lot of the flack autistic and ADHD kids do when trying to get accommodations. A lot of them don't know WHAT to do, though, so I've become very used to explaining my vision each time. I've had a few teachers who couldn't seem to grasp that glasses didn't fix my vision, which was frustrating. I actually had one teacher send me to the office for repeatedly 'not paying attention,' because I wasn't really looking at the board and had my textbook opened to the wrong page because the page number was- you guessed it- on the board. I ended up dropping that class.

myz94104 karma

Are accessible websites actually accessible or do they suck and should they get better?

a11y project

accessibility checklist

morrisdelancey175 karma

Some are accessible. Some aren't. Honestly, the most annoying sites for me are the ones that limit or disable zoom. Disabling screenshots on apps is the WORST.

mintwithgolddots87 karma

Have you utilized the app “Be My Eyes”? I joined as a volunteer back in March and love helping out when I can!

morrisdelancey77 karma

I downloaded it, but I haven't had the need yet.

B0N37ESS85 karma

What was the hardest to get used to when you got legally blind? How do you feel about that thing now?

morrisdelancey329 karma

The initial loss was gradual, and I thought I just needed new glasses for a few months. When they figured out that my vision wasn't correctable, I was a little irritated, but I could work with it. School was probably the roughest- I didn't know how to explain my vision very well at first, and, no matter how close I sat, I couldn't see the board. My freshman year teachers had trouble with that. They only confirmed it to be permanent last year, and, by that point, I was already expecting it. It didn't bother me at all. Overall? I don't mind being blind. I think it's an interesting addition to my life, and, while it can be inconvenient, it's definitely not a bad thing for me at this point.

myz9466 karma

Do you audio porn or are you big thinker?

morrisdelancey79 karma

I'm not a super sexually driven person so like Neither

kippkippkippah63 karma

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morrisdelancey51 karma

Ayy!! Same hat! Love the username, btw.

I take an RTA bus, usually. It sucks to have to plan 24 hours in advance, but it works.

MacyMae8056 karma

How does being blind affect your relationships? I am in a group with another teenager who is having issues with relationships because of his blindness and I'm trying to figure out ways to encourage him to keep trying.

morrisdelancey107 karma

Not much. If someone is put off by my blindness, they're probably not the sort of person I'd want to associate with anyway. As for meeting people, I tend to do a lot of organized activities- dance, theatre, class- where I meet people my age.

unethicaldecisions49 karma

What is the career you are going for?

morrisdelancey102 karma

Phlebotomist!

TheStorMan48 karma

Are you a fan of musicals?

morrisdelancey82 karma

Yep! I see you noticed my username ;P

GrandmaSlappy44 karma

I build websites and we've been doing WCAG compliance lately, but I noticed a lot of gray area, wiggle room, and easy misses. What bothers you often on sites?

morrisdelancey68 karma

Light text on light backgrounds and dark text on dark backgrounds.

SkipperMcNuts38 karma

The deaf community is somewhat famous for having a strong deaf culture and some folks in it have a strong disregard for medical procedures that can partially or completely restore hearing (as they don't believe that being deaf is a "disability"). Is there an equivalent culture/society in the blind community?

morrisdelancey62 karma

I'd say it depends. I'm actually a little jealous of the Deaf community and their culture! There's much less of a blind community than there is a Deaf one, since we don't share a language or anything. Attitude varies among blind people, and a lot of time it depends on what you have. If people have cataracts, they generally go have them fixed. If someone needs glasses, they usually get them. If the only way of restoring any degree of vision is painful and a difficult recovery? Maybe not. And then some of us don't have options at all. Personally, I don't mind being blind. I'm not really looking for a cure, though I wouldn't have balked at the idea of preventing it. Not everyone agrees, but I do know that a lot of us feel that way. In general, I believe in the social model of disability: it's more important that society learns to accommodate people than it is to cure every disability known to man.

I also have multiple conditions, which I have varying views on.

Do I consider blindness a disability? Sure. Do I want a cure? No, I want accessibility. Do I consider my Ehlers Danlos Syndrome a disability? Definitely. Do I want a cure? Yes! EDS hurts like hell. I'd much rather not have it. Do I consider being autistic a disability? Hell fucking know. If anyone tried to 'cure' me of that, I'd fight them with everything I had.

RandomDude4736 karma

What are your thoughts on John Cena?

morrisdelancey51 karma

"Are you sure about that" is my favorite reaction gif

GitRightStik30 karma

What are your talents and if they are affected by your vision, how are you bypassing that problem?

morrisdelancey78 karma

I'm an actor, which isn't really affected.

My dancing is only really affected by having to ask more questions about positioning and whether my feet are to be flexed or not.

I like to draw. I have to get pretty close to the page, but I still like my art. https://truepic.com/vd4hmlvx

rezilient28 karma

What is something you will really miss not being able to see clearly?

morrisdelancey116 karma

Photography negates most things for beauty, so I guess random things that pop up on my body from time to time. Like, is that a scrape? Acne? A bug bite? It's hard to tell what needs neosporin, lmao.

amithrownawayforgood28 karma

How has this affected you? What would you do with usable vision?

morrisdelancey55 karma

It's affected me a lot less than people expect it to. I'm pretty adaptable, and I always have been, so the main difference has been in how others percieve me. Changing their expectations is fun, though. With usable vision, travel would be a lot easier. It would be a lot more convenient to be able to drive myself places, but it's not a huge deal.

BleuPrince27 karma

How much percentage of vision is 20/400 ? is it 5% ?

morrisdelancey33 karma

Yep!

hudgepudge23 karma

I'm not going to lie: I was really hoping all your replies would just be keyboard mashes. Do you ever think about pranking people in this way?

morrisdelancey22 karma

Oh, definitely

thereaper900120 karma

What daily activity was the hardest to get used to after you lost your vision?

morrisdelancey71 karma

This is really specific, but finding my friends in the cafeteria. I was 14, and we didn't have a set table, so that was incredibly annoying.

TokyoSoul16 karma

You are such a beautiful person.

How does blindness affect your career choices?

morrisdelancey31 karma

Honestly, blindness hasn't changed them much at all. I like theatre, and I'm a dancer, so I plan to do those things to some extent. However, I enjoy not starving, so I'm also getting my STNA right now. The career school training me for that also awards its graduates with a $3000 scholarship to a local college, which is enough to get me a phlebotomy certificate. That's what I want to do. Surprisingly, it's better to have a phlebotomist use touch alone to find a vein, because that's the more accurate way. I'm the perfect candidate for that.

Scottishchicken15 karma

Would you care if you dated someone less attractive (by society's standards) Does "looks" come into dating decision, or is it purely personality? I suppose you're 18 and may have not started dating yet as well. In which case, Will looks be a concern for you?

morrisdelancey22 karma

I've never cared much about society's idea of beauty, even with 20/20 vision. I'm a personality person. I do have personal preferences, I guess, like being short and broad shoulders. But other people's opinions don't mean much to me.

interestingintellect14 karma

how are you reading these questions right now?

morrisdelancey34 karma

See the similar question I answered for info

morrisdelancey14 karma

Update: 7:10 am EST, been answering questions for hours now. I'm going to sleep. I may answer more in a few hours.

Polskihammer10 karma

Would a cornea transplant help you see?

morrisdelancey71 karma

Nope! My corneas are fine. When I die, though, I'm on the donor registry, so someone might get mine. Imagine that: becoming sighted from a blind man's eyes.

TimeTruthHearts9 karma

How do you know when you're done wiping?

How do you know where to feel for braille, I always wonder when I see it on signs(like the bathroom), how would they know the sign is even there?

morrisdelancey8 karma

How do you? Do you look? I never did, you just... know.

I'm not a braille reader, but I can guess that someone who's a cane use might feel the door with their cane and start looking for a sign. Those of us with some vision might see that there's a sign there without being able to read it.

arcticfury1299 karma

Did you ever have relatively normal vision and if so, what was it like for you,mentally, to experience a slow deterioration of sight?

morrisdelancey31 karma

Yep. I had 20/20 vision (with glasses) growing up. Honestly? It wasn't that rough for me. The doctors not taking me seriously was much harder to deal with than going blind itself. When it wasn't the first two or three things they looked at, they immediately assumed either my mother was faking it, I was faking it, or it was psychological. That's actually possibly why the loss of vision was permanent in the first place. Had they done the right testing initially, and put me on antibiotics, the swelling wouldn't have lasted long enough to cause much damage.

kilkarazy8 karma

Since you’ve been on both sides, how would you describe colors to someone that is completely blind?

morrisdelancey8 karma

I can still see them, so I wouldn't know better than a sighted person. Warm and cool are good indicators; the colors and the temperatures match up. Some colors look smoother to me than others, too, especially light ones.

BurnmaNeeGrow7 karma

what’s your favourite genre of music?

morrisdelancey10 karma

Answered somewhere on here, lol

Venamoth5 karma

Do you still use a mirror while getting ready?

morrisdelancey7 karma

Yeah. Mostly for my hair, but I have to get pretty close to it.

JewieDabooi-4 karma

Are you yourself reading this or are you having someone/something read it to you?

morrisdelancey20 karma

I'm reading it myself. See the other question about this for info :)

SerenaMSch3 karma

What was it like adapting to blindness? What were some of your biggest struggles? Also, have your other senses gotten better to compensate?

morrisdelancey7 karma

It was less dramatic than people expect, because it wasn't sudden. I just sort of learned to remember where things were. Not gonna lie, my biggest struggle in that sense was people not pushing in their chairs. I already had really good hearing, but I pay more attention now. I recognize people's voices from further away.

AmateurVasectomist2 karma

When you experience the world around you, what stands out? Do you feel that any of your other senses compensate for your low vision?

morrisdelancey6 karma

I'm a very social person, so I guess people stand out? Talking to people, hanging on my friends like the clingy bastard I am, that sort of thing. I definitely pay more attention to my other senses. That's how I know if the fan is on, or if it's crowded, et cetera.

AugmentedLurker1 karma

Would stuff like LASIK help correct your vision, if only partially?

morrisdelancey1 karma

Nope. I mean, they would negate my need for glasses, but that would just move me from 20/500 without glasses to 20/400 (which is what it is with glasses now), which is still very blind.

AGuyInInternet-10 karma

Ok can you see this? https://youtu.be/mmXOqORJ1Mw

morrisdelancey1 karma

Damn. I was hoping for a rickroll.

ABORTION4MINORITIES-16 karma

would you date an ugly girl?

morrisdelancey1 karma

I wouldn't date a girl.

[deleted]-20 karma

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morrisdelancey2 karma

Very.