Juan was diagnosed with glaucoma 10 years ago but his vision only began to deteriorate significantly in the past two years. Now he has 20-30 per cent remaining. While he was reluctant to accept support from Vision Australia at first, he is now realising the advantages of doing so.
“When I moved up to the Gold Coast I decided to give them a call. They showed me how to use things like a magnifying glass and a big phone, and that was a great help. They introduced me to other people who are blind as well and that has be good too,” said Mr. Salgado.
“Training to use a cane was one of the biggest steps for me, learning how to tap things and feel where I am going. Vision Australia gave me great support,” he said.
When his vision deteriorated, Mr. Salgado had to give up his work in construction. However, he recently completed a Certificate III in Aged Care and now works at the Multicultural Respite Centre in Ashmore.