One of the main challenges of getting around is that others do not know when someone has low vision.
People can’t be mindful in a store, on a sidewalk or on the road, simply because they are not aware of another’s condition. They can’t see that somebody can’t see well.
“The biggest challenge is operating a vehicle”, Webster says. “Many people with low vision have the legal right to drive, and there are many eye conditions that will allow them to navigate in traffic, but it is exponentially more difficult for obvious reasons.”
That is where the bumper sticker comes in. An easily recognizable symbol, it makes other drivers aware that a car is driven by someone with low vision. It lets people know that this person could use more consideration while trying to find an address or leaving a parking spot.
People with low vision need more “elbow room”, and once they place the decal on their car, others will understand why their driving can’t be as perfect as they’d like it to be, Webster says.
Not that this decal is an invitation to neglect ones eyes, and it comes with a clear warning that it will not replace regular eye exams and vigilance.
Webster says that according to Lighthouse® International, some 61 Million Americans are at high risk for serious vision loss. Since many of these people are still driving, it would make the roads much safer if other drivers would be aware of it.
Webster’s work is not done by merely selling the decal—she sees herself deeply immersed in awareness campaigns and advocacy work, a calling that came three years after her own vision loss.
People anywhere are encouraged to share the symbol for low vision and make it widely recognizable. Once the general public has become aware of it, sharing the roads will be easier and safer for everybody.
The decal sells for $10 (plus $1.95 S&H), and other products are planned to help those with low vision.
On the web: http://www.respectmyvision.com
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Awarenes and advocacy for people with low vision. Creator of "Respect My Vision" bumper sticker. Making driving easier and safer for all.