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An emergency kit: Backpack with spare cane, baggie of dog food, first aid kit, food, flashlight, medication and water.

Emergency Preparedness:  Are You Ready?

August 15, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by Rachael Eschbach, COMS

  Imagine this scenario: You’re home alone and the smoke alarm goes off.  You smell what you think could be smoke.  Your vision is not good enough to check around to see what’s up.  What do you do? Of course, we all know we should be calling 911 to have the fire department arrive on […] Read More »

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Two monitors, one showing magnification set at 6X and the other at 12X.

Turning Points: Letting Go and Moving On

August 1, 2018 | 2 Comments

by Kathy Austin, CVA

These monitors show the difference between magnification set at 6X and the other at 12X.  Imagine using the higher setting several years back when monitors were half as wide!   David Flament, our Manager of Assistive Technology at Second Sense, tells his clients that when they need to use a 6x magnification with ZoomText on […] Read More »

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Angela standing with her cane next to the sign for the 'L' in the Loop.

A Wake-Up Fall: Do You Need to Refresh Your Mobility Skills?

July 16, 2018 | 1 Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

  For many people, the challenge of walking along a crowded train platform is intensified by the fear of falling off the edge onto the tracks.  A person could be hurt by the fall, hit by an oncoming train or zapped to death by the electric third rail.  To avoid taking the ‘L’ is to […] Read More »

Being Mindful of the Matter: Coping with Recent Vision Loss

July 2, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by Cody Froeter, CVRT

  As a certified vision rehabilitation therapist, I have worked with many clients who have experienced recent vision loss.  This has allowed me to witness the various ways clients cope.  When I reflect on the strategies that have been most successful, one common thread appears.  Maintaining mindfulness, or staying focused on the present, is an […] Read More »

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headphones lying on a desk

Screen Readers Everyone Can Afford

June 15, 2018 | 1 Comment

by David Flament

I am often asked about the choices for a screen reader for those who cannot afford JAWS.  The first thing to know is that having two screen readers is always a better option than having just one.  Let’s look at three options that may help. NVDA The first option, and what is quickly becoming my […] Read More »

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The Roman alphabet, ELIA and braille.

A New Tactile Alphabet:  Reinventing the Wheel—AGAIN!

May 31, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

There has been a lot of buzz lately about the ELIA alphabet. The ELIA alphabet shapes are based on the Roman alphabet but contained within “frames” of different shapes (circle, open circle, square, pointy-top with a square bottom).  Within the frames are details such as a dot or a line which characterize that particular letter.  […] Read More »

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DNA strand showing its unique double helix structure

Genetic Testing: Is It Right for You?

May 15, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

  Research in preventing vision loss and restoring vision due to inherited retinal disease (IRDs) has been advancing at an amazing pace. News of ground breaking new treatments was recently featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes program on April 29. For those of you with retinitis pigmentosa, stargardt, usher’s syndrome and other inherited retinal diseases, it […] Read More »

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David with headphone on playing "A Hero's Call"

“A Hero’s Call:” Combating Your Foes in 3D Audio

May 1, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament

When I was a partial,  I loved my PlayStation and PC games.  That all ended when I lost all of my vision 8 years ago.  Or did it? I have written articles about games for people with vision loss before and have found some amazing games.  But, “A Hero’s Call” by Out of Sight Games […] Read More »

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Someone cutting through a sign that says "I can't" with scissors

Five Barriers to Success and Motivation

April 16, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by Rachael Eschbach, COMS

So often we tell ourselves, “I am going to do (insert undesirable activity) because it will be good for me.” The funny thing is, we recognize the importance of what we want to accomplish, but something keeps us from doing it. Change is hard and learning curves are steep, but the fact we have recognized […] Read More »

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Kathy posing with a group of our dedicated volunteers

Making Us Tick: Volunteers Who Make it Happen

April 2, 2018 | 3 Comments

by Kathy Austin, CVA

Second Sense is a small organization – we are a staff of eight people, but each year we serve over 500 individuals with vision loss. How do we do it? One huge reason is the generous gift of time and effort from our dedicated volunteers. As we celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Week this April, we’d […] Read More »

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