SPECIAL REPORT: Visually impaired man using phone apps to gain independence
AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -
Brian Mosley sees the world differently than most people.
"Instead of looking at a person for what they look like on the outside, I instantly can see who they are on the inside," said Mosley.
Mosley lost his sight 17 years ago, why it happened is a mystery.
"It was a gunshot to the head; unknown shooter and unknown reason," Mosley, said.
After three decades of sight, he suddenly found himself completely in the dark.
"I really sat in a depression for almost a year until I was motivated by the spirits or God to get out of my seat and off my front lawn and just kind of explore life again even though I didn't have sight," said Mosley.
Mosley says two things helped him regain his independence. He began working with disabled people at Walton Options, an independent living center.
He also enrolled at Augusta State University where he graduated with a degree in Psychology.
"My attitude changed from thinking of myself as a blind person who could not see; to understanding myself as a visually challenged individual who sees things differently," said Mosley.
Mosley is also learning to view life differently through his smart phone.
"The iPhone allows me to do so many things that I miss doing since losing my sight," said Mosley.
With the click of a button he sends a picture off to find out what color his clothes are.
Mosley uses apps to get dressed for the day, to read his mail and to learn the denomination of bills he has in his wallet.
With apps he snaps pictures of signs and objects and then someone explains to him what is in the photo.
Smart phone apps even use his voice to write.
Mosley says he uses his phone as his eyes and he's helping other disabled people see they can be independent too.
He trains disabled people to find work by helping them look past their disability to their abilities.
"I am able to see now more that I am visually challenged than I was able to see when I had sight," Mosley, said.
Mosley may not have the use of his eyes, but he has the use of his heart; and he clearly sees his disability as an opportunity to overcome and achieve.
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
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