Today was not what I expected. I received a call yesterday that my Acrobat magnification system would be delivered today. I was excited to FINALLY be getting my assistive technology. When the IT people from ABVI came weeks ago and looked at my desk, they agreed that we needed to figure out a way to have the Acrobat monitor replace my computer monitor. I cannot fit two monitors. The salesperson said that it would be possible, so we ordered it.
Well, it’s not as easy as he had made it sound. The monitor will not work with digital output, so the IT department had to switch my computer output to analog. When they told me that, I was not sure what it meant – except that I suspected I was about to lose picture quality. After a lot of messing around and technical issues, the system was pronounced installed. Everyone left and I was alone with the system.
I hate it. The picture, as I suspected, has lost a lot of distinctness. It is really hard to read the type. The monitor is lower, so I find myself hunching over to get closer to it. My ZoomText is no longer working, although a quick call reassured me that if I reinstall it the problem will be solved. The monitor is bigger, so I should be able to see better. The camera seems cool and I think it will work to magnify print materials. Unfortunately, the camera is made to slide over to the right and magnify things to the right of the computer. Of course, the empty space, where I would naturally put papers to be magnified, is on the left. There is no room on the right. Nothing seems to fit. Everything needs to be reorganized.
Worst of all, everyone who stops in our office asks me what the camera is and why I need it. Over and over and over I had to tell my story to people at work. I don’t mind family and friends knowing about my vision problems. I don’t mind my blog readers knowing every detail of my joys and struggles. I don’t mind my supervisor and one person in HR and one person in IT knowing that I need some accommodation. But it bothers me to have every person who walks past my door ask questions about my vision. It gave me a sense of powerlessness. And, I don’t even know if the new system is worth it.
I was glad to leave at the end of the day. It was a difficult day and I am glad it is over. Tomorrow, I will go to work with renewed energy. I will figure out a way to rearrange my workspace so that this new system works. I will reinstall ZoomText so that I can enlarge everything enough to be able to read. And, I will be prepared with short answers to the inevitable questions that will come. I only have to reveal the information I am comfortable revealing to my coworkers, nothing more. I will get this all figured out. It will be a good day.