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Old 07-29-2014, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Hello,

I'm single, 28 yrs old, with celiac disease, and legally blind. I'm living with my parents in South Florida. I grow up in the area.I moved back in with them after graduating from UCF in Orlando. Plus, I was dealing with serious health issues that combined with my poor vision made it nearly impossible to be self sufficient. I've since greatly improved health wise but my eyes have gotten worse. A close friend asked me to move to their area in a suburb of Orlando. This was prompted when I decided that I could move out with my improved health and my disability benefits. However, I'm not sure I want to do so because I honestly don't like the area. I may not be able to afford it anyway. I've done the math and I would be able to afford an apartment that is within the $550 -$600 a month range. Honestly, I'd prefer to move out of Florida. I want to move out in part to gain a greater sense of independence. I'm hoping to get some suggestions about potential cities to move to.

First, I'll list some criteria I would like the city to meet(starting with the most important).

1. Good accessibility in terms of mass transit and walking( good paratransit/fixed route bus, voice prompted crosswalks, etc...)

2. gluten free food options, restaurants, health food stores so on.

3. low cost of living. As I said above something in $550-$600 a month.

4. city with generally open minded and accepting residents, friendly and helpful, too

5. Relatively low crime

6. university, so I may possibly continue schooling.

Next, I'm going to just list a few cities I've been looking into. I'd appreciate any thoughts on whether or not these cities would meet my criteria.
Ames, IA Des Moines, IA Cedar Rapids, Ia, Iowa City, Ia Sioux City, IA Minneapolis, MN St. Paul, MN Louisville, KY Morgantown, WV Logan, UT Corvallis, Or Portland, Or Seattle, WA Spokane, WA Grand Rapids, MI Austin, TX Boone, NC Chapel Hill, NC Durham, NC Raleigh, NC Pittsburgh, PA,

Would any of these work for me? Any other cities anyone may have to suggest would be greatly appreciated. I'm not really opposed to any state but the mid west and southeast probably will meet my budget. Plus, most of My family is spread out the southeast. Staring in Florida all up to the Mid-Atlantic region.

Keep in my mind, The first three criteria are a must while the rest are not absolutely necessary.
Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-30-2014, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Corvallis and Seattle are too expensive for you unless you rent a room in a shared house, and even some of those are more than your budget.
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Old 07-30-2014, 02:16 PM
 
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Have you considered contacting groups specifically geared towards your needs?
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Old 07-30-2014, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I have considered contacting some groups. I know most, if not all, states have a division or department focused on providing a variety of services for the blind. I'm just trying to narrow down where to look. I'm interested in states like Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and Massachusetts. But I know most cities in those states are to expensive for me. I'm also curious about cities in Iowa, North Carolina, and Kentucky. I've seen cities in those states being described as fairly walkable and affordable.

I'm looking closer at Louisville, Ky because I know the American Printing House for the Blind is located there. I've read other forums saying the downtown Louisville area is easy to get around. I also read a list of livable communities for the blind, which list Charlotte, NC Kalamazoo, MI New York City, NY La Crosse, WI Berkeley, CA and Louisville, Ky as being the best. However, this was back in 2003 I think. So, not very recent and ceertainly things m;ay have changed in the time since then.
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