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Why Are You Learning Braille?

March 15, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

  Somebody told you it was something you should learn… Your eye doctor suggested it in the same breath as his/her diagnosis. Well-meaning friends and family members think braille is an accessory that goes with your white cane. You feel you should prepare for additional vision loss… “I need to learn this now because I […] Read More »

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My Fitness Pal: Accessible Food Journal Website and App

March 7, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by Shawn Sturges

We are just a few weeks into the New Year and like millions of other people, fitness and living a healthier lifestyle are always on my mind. I live an active lifestyle despite my blindness. Over the years, I have been active in Martial Arts, work out in the gym and, most recently, found rock […] Read More »

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Service Enterprise: Matching Volunteers’ Skill to Clients’ Needs

February 21, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

  Volunteers Have Always Been an Important Part of Our Second Sense Family. Volunteers have been readers, tutors and administrative support. But with shrinking resources for nonprofits and the expanded roles we have been asked to play, it is increasingly necessary to find new ways to provide the services our clients need. How do we […] Read More »

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Amazon Voice Services: Do You Hear an Echo?

February 3, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology

It seems that lots of you are getting one of the Amazon Echo devices: the Dot, Tap or Echo. The new year has started with me fielding a lot of calls and emails about how to set it up and what to do with it. So here goes.   What is the Difference? All of […] Read More »

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Extreme O&M: Sharpening Orientation and Mobility Skills

January 16, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

  You’re standing at a busy intersection, white cane in hand. Cars are whizzing by, turning in all directions and horns are honking. You need to cross the intersection. You feel like you are on the edge of a pool, waiting to jump in, but the water is icy cold and you are very hesitant. […] Read More »

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What Would Make You Take a Self-Defense Class?

January 2, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

  Second Sense recently started offering 1Touch™ classes – a self-defense technique developed specifically for people with vision loss.  When I first heard about the program last year I was so intrigued I participated in the training to earn certification as an instructor.  Our first class started in late September.  The first 1Touch practitioners completed […] Read More »

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Coping with Setbacks: Understanding, Acknowledging and Moving Forward

December 15, 2016 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

  We  all have them. We plan, execute and then, things don’t go exactly according to the well-thought-out plan. It’s called tough luck, bad luck, misjudgment – call it what you like but when it comes right down to it, it is a setback. Those optimistic folks tell you that “attitude is everything.” You can […] Read More »

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iPod Touch 6th Generation: A Low-Cost Alternative to an iPhone

November 28, 2016 | 1 Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology

  Is There a Good Alternative to the iPhone? I am often asked about alternatives for an iPhone for those who just can’t afford the cost of the device or the monthly expense, but need the accessibility options offered by an iPhone. The answer is the iPod Touch 6th generation. This iPod Touch offers all […] Read More »

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Time to Get Cooking!

November 15, 2016 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology

Here’s an exciting new app from Conversant Labs called Yes Chef – just in time for holiday cooking!  Yes Chef is an easy way to find and follow recipes.  Much like this developer’s Say Shopping app, Yes Chef is an app that you talk to and it talks back to you, no typing or swiping […] Read More »

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A New Home? Choosing a Retirement Living Community when You Have Vision Loss

October 30, 2016 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

Packing up the home where you have lived for years, leaving the familiar neighborhood and moving some place new is stressful enough for any senior. When vision loss is part of the picture, it can add another layer of anxiety. Are you wondering: How will I find my way around a large new building? How […] Read More »

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