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How do I read? this is my desktop magnifier

People keep asking how I read. I’m vision impaired. My ability to read has diminished significantly over the years. While most people start getting reading glasses in their 40s if they haven’t already, I have always had eyesight so bad it was classified as a disability when I was 6 months old. So. How do I read? This is how. This photo shows my desktop magnifier, which is also called a CCTV by vision impaired people.

desktop magnifier, also called a CCTV

This little beauty is a ‘desktop magnifier’ and magnifies text beyond belief. I only need text about as large as is on the screen to read it comfortably. (That’s a 22 inch monitor.) This love of my life set us back $4552 Au; we’re still paying it off the credit card.

So, next time someone says, ‘You should get a better camcorder/audio recorder/computer/whatever’ you will understand where our money has gone and why we can’t afford to upgrade our equipment to give your event better coverage. Smile

PS Donations to Dark Matter ARE NEVER AND NEVER HAVE BEEN spent on disability access. All donations have gone into things like the camcorder and editing software (along with lots of our own $) to bring you a new, improved Dark Matter.


Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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