I am the first legally deafblind guy who graduated from a normal high school in Germany and am now studying applied maths and computer science. Ask me Anything!
Dear curious people of Reddit,
I did an AmA before but every time I mention my disability I trigger a flood of questions again, and most of those questions I never got asked before.
So, feel free to ask me anything again :-)
Background: I was probably born vision impaired (VI). Officially got declared legally blind at age two, but wasn't 100 % blind. I can still see light in my left eye, but only vaguely, no definite shapes, colours, distance assessment. In the right eye I'm fully blind (nulla lux) since 2017.
My hearing started getting worse when I was five, six years old, so I learned talking normally. Got my first set of hearing aids at age seven, and a cochlea implant on the right side at age 13. Got declared legally deafblind at age 16.
I spent three weeks in youth psychiatry after a burn out/medium severe episode (depression which only occured once so far) combined with suicidality and was in long term treatment until 2019. Still managed to graduate from a normal high school (with an average of 1.3 (A-)) as the first legally deafblind guy in Germany in 2018.
Now, since September 2019, I'm studying applied maths and computer science an> am employed as a mathematical-technical software developer in training. Also living alone and making my very own "so this is how adult life works?"-mistakes.
Looking forward to your questions!
Reddit client: r/DystopiaForReddit; I use a refreshable braille display to read what's on the screen of my phone.
Edit: Please don't downvote people if they ask me questions about colours. If I can answer these questions it means I'm still aware of the visual world, which is a worthwhile insight, no? Please don't be overly judgmental of the questions asked.
Edit 2: It's bed time for me. Goodnight, Reddit, I'll answer questions again in the morning.
Edit 3: Back at it again, I'll try to answer all your questions. Edit 4: Phew. *wipes brow* I'm back to empty inbox foo the first time in 2, 3 days. Sorry for the delay in responses. A few of your questions weren't productive ("(just) how?"), but if you feel like your questions was productive yet you received no answer, tag me. I might've overlooked it. Thank you, one and all, for making this AmA so insightful. 99.9 % of you were respectful and contributed valid questions. I really enjoyed this.