Building to Serve: A Consumer Spotlight: Fall 2021, CLB Consumer, Rosalind Mackall
How did you get introduced to CLB?
Rosalind: Many years ago, someone introduced me to CLB. Afterward, I had trainings on assistive technology and my computer (audible software).
What has been your journey of services?
Rosalind: Recently, through Annie, the Associate Director of Rehabilitation Services, I had mobility training and then joined the in-person Foundations of Adjustment to Blindness (FAB) program, as well as, Fridays virtual Social Support Group.
What was Foundations of Adjustment to Blindness (FAB) like in-person?
Rosalind: FAB was good for me because – even though I was blind since I was five months old; there were things I did not know. Through FAB, I learned how to do things better and make it easier for myself. I brought a veg-O-Matic, from my home and showed Annie and another participant how to use it. If you do not want to cut your onions and cry, you could place the onions into the veg-O-Matic.
At FAB, I was introduced to new devices. For example, I learned that there is a potato peeler with a grip on it, so that I could peel my potatoes.
What is the significance of the Friday Social Support Group?
Rosalind: The support group is needed and important, so that we can talk about things concerning us. Additionally, these virtual group settings give us information, so that we stay informed.
What is one outcome of your trainings received at CLB?
Rosalind: A major outcome of my trainings, now, I can independently go and shop at the pharmacy. I encourage other individuals to enroll in the FAB program.