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My mom is blind in one eye. When I ask the local Lighthouse about attending low vision classes, they tell me they do not accept people with cognitive problems.

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By the way, my father lost an eye in a childhood accident. It did not seem to handicap him. He was an avid reader, an excellent auto mechanic, he drove, golfed, fished, cooked, made candy, played cards ... I don't think it held him back at all. Maybe by the time he was an adult he'd had plenty of time to learn to compensate. If your mother's vision loss is new, I hope you can find a program that might help speed up the process of learning to compensate.
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Cognitive problems involve impairments to the thinking process. Having trouble comprehending spoken or witten language, being very confused in speech, unable to balance a checkbook, other math problems, problems paying attention, memory problems, inability to solve simple problems, etc.

A person with dementia definitely has cognitive problems, for example.

How did the Lighthouse conclude that your mother has cognitive problems? Did they interview her? Did you tell them about some learning or thinking impairments?
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