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September 17, 2013, 04:06 PM
Due to my military service injuries, and other explainable circumstances, it's come to my attention (via VA doctors) that I am going blind. It may happen in the next 6 months...or may happen in 5 years...they don't know. Normally this happens to individuals in their 70's or 80's, but with my "closed head trauma" head injury history, it can happen much sooner, like now.

I've been a member here on SI since 1997 (if I REMEMBER right...lol) when I bought a Sony VAIO home PC at Ft. Lewis WA. PX. I got on the internet via a 56K Modem (OMG!!!), and hooked up with sports fans everywhere! Oh, I've played with computers since 1975...(played my first online game of Star Trek then!!!), but before 1997, online was just starting to get going.

Soooo...lol....to make a long and boring story end, I've been here at FanNation from the start offering various "Avatars" from the beginning like "DEVO, The MYTH, and now Wisconsin Death Trip" to name a few (probably over 20 different at least since 1997).

I would just like to say thanx to my friends and ENEMIES (Trolls) over the past 15+ years here, and all I can say is if I ever OFFENDED anyone, or screwed up an editorial, I open-ally apologize to those I afflicted.....LMAO! God Bless, and live long and prosper! -DEVO
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September 17, 2013  09:51 PM ET

Can't figure out what's gonna get me 1st, Alzenshiemers or dementia.[as they seem too be running neck and neck.]

September 17, 2013  10:46 PM ET
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Due to my military service injuries, and other explainable circumstances, it's come to my attention (via VA doctors) that I am going blind. It may happen in the next 6 months...or may happen in 5 years...they don't know. Normally this happens to individuals in their 70's or 80's, but with my "closed head trauma" head injury history, it can happen much sooner, like now. I've been a member here on SI since 1997 (if I REMEMBER right...lol) when I bought a Sony VAIO home PC at Ft. Lewis WA. PX. I got on the internet via a 56K Modem (OMG!!!), and hooked up with sports fans everywhere! Oh, I've played with computers since 1975...(played my first online game of Star Trek then!!!), but before 1997, online was just starting to get going.Soooo...lol....to make a long and boring story end, I've been here at FanNation from the start offering various "Avatars" from the beginning like "DEVO, The MYTH, and now Wisconsin Death Trip" to name a few (probably over 20 different at least since 1997).I would just like to say thanx to my friends and ENEMIES (Trolls) over the past 15+ years here, and all I can say is if I ever OFFENDED anyone, or screwed up an editorial, I open-ally apologize to those I afflicted.....LMAO! God Bless, and live long and prosper! -DEVO

Gods Speed there dude...

September 18, 2013  01:47 PM ET
QUOTE:

Due to my military service injuries, and other explainable circumstances, it's come to my attention (via VA doctors) that I am going blind. It may happen in the next 6 months...or may happen in 5 years...they don't know. Normally this happens to individuals in their 70's or 80's, but with my "closed head trauma" head injury history, it can happen much sooner, like now. . . .

Sorry to hear that and I hope it can be avoided. The use of voice synthesizers, screen readers, and other accessibility tools are increasing all the time, as is the number of accessible web pages. Companies like Yahoo, Google, and some of the other large internet companies are actively moving accessibility into the forefront.

I assume you're from Wisconsin. The Trace Research and Development Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison has been taking steps and making progress to promote and provide internet accessibility. The Center is known as a pioneer in the marriage of technology with disability. I read that some 60 million people in America are unable to use traditional methods to access the internet due to disability, and many of them are blind. Progress is being made and the longer you have your sight I'm sure the better the access will become.

No doubt there will be many challenges beyond internet access, but many blind people are able to navigate their way through life thanks the things like the ADA, Guide Dogs for the Blind, etc. Best wishes, and hope you stick around regardless of what happens.

www.doit.wisc.edu/accessibility

September 18, 2013  02:37 PM ET

WDT, thank you for your service to our country and hopefully you won't have to suffer any future disabilities. I have been a member of FN for just over a year but have always enjoyed reading your posts. Take care and God speed.

 
September 18, 2013  07:32 PM ET

WDT,

Sorry about yer malady,And thank You,For yer Service, Sir.

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