I found mine in building Lego models! My name is Ally Matt, and I am a Staff Psychologist at the Counseling Center. I also happen to be visually impaired. Since I was a child, I have been fascinated by Legos and the complex and detailed models that Lego has created. However, I was never able to build the models by the instructions because I could not see them. Recently as I explored new hobbies, I found a website created by a young man providing Lego instructions in text form for blind and visually impaired individuals. He and one of his friends took the graphic Lego directions and created text instructions. For example, one step of the directions might say to put a “FS 2x2 7 rows from the left wall and 12 rows from the front wall.” I had to learn the lingo that was used throughout the instructions. For example, FS means flat surface, which indicates that the piece has no bumps on its surface.
I was so excited to try out this new possible hobby that I bought one of the most complicated sets that was available to me, which happened to have approximately 2500 pieces. When I realized how many small bags of tiny pieces were involved in building this model, I wondered if I could actually do this. I did have some challenges because there were many similar pieces with the only difference being their color so I did need some assistance ensuring that I had used the correct color pieces at various points. There were times when I had to take sections apart just to replace one piece because it was the wrong color, but I found the process so relaxing that I didn't’t mind.Read more