Denise, 66, is registered partially sighted after beginning to lose her sight when she was about ten years old. As it was a gradual loss, the deterioration of her sight didn’t really hit her until Denise had to forfeit her driving licence. She now feels a lot less confident and more dependent on others. The loss of her sight made her very nervous about crossing roads and Denise finds it is now much slower getting around, even with her guide cane. However, due to enhanced software on her computer Denise now is able to use the internet and feels that she has learnt to cope with her sight loss.
From researching on RNIB’s website Denise found out about the RNIB National Library Service and has now been reading giant print books for the last couple of years, her favourites being romance and thrillers. She belongs to a local monthly book club and just recently also became a member of RNIB’s Telephone Book Club. The chosen book that month was a title that Denise would never have normally chosen, Bill Bryson’s “At Home”. She enjoyed it so much though that she now intends to read other books by the same author.
Denise loves her giant print books as she still feels that she is reading:
It’s still a book and the electronic versions don’t come close to getting the same experience as sitting down and reading one… I still like a book as you can always take a sneaky look at the back to read the ending!
People should support RNIB as they do so many things for blind and partially sighted people.”
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