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Is Your Sweetie New to Vision Loss? A Guide for Enjoying this Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2018 | 1 Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

  Keeping Your Relationships Strong Even with Vision Loss Are you close to someone who is experiencing significant vision loss for the first time? Do you feel helpless — wanting to help them but don’t know what to do? Do you feel your world has been turned upside down and life isn’t what it used […] Read More »

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Sally reading a recipe on the homemade CCTV in her kitchen.

Creating a Homegrown CCTV

January 30, 2018 | 1 Comment

by Sara Streeter

Before taking early retirement a couple of years ago, I spent 34 years doing accounting and finance work. I grew up fully sighted and relied on good vision for my intensely-detailed work, spending long hours staring at numbers and other data on a computer screen. Then, in my early 50s, the effects of my progressive […] Read More »

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Lee using Seeing AI to read a bar code on a can.

Seeing AI App: Making It Work for You

January 15, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by Cody Froeter, CVRT

With the rise of smartphone technology, many apps have been developed to assist people with vision loss. Rather than having to purchase multiple assistive devices, at sometimes significant costs, a person can now download an app, often for free and accomplish the same tasks.   Increasing Power and Efficiency As technology has advanced, apps have […] Read More »

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Amazon vs. Google: Comparing the Dot and Home Mini Smart Speakers

December 29, 2017 | 1 Comment

by David Flament

Since smart speakers seem to be the hot new holiday gift this year, it’s time to do a little comparison between the Amazon Echo and the Google Home product lines.  Here we’ll overview the differences between the Amazon Dot versus the Google Home Mini. Price Both speakers are $50.  On Black Friday, both devices were […] Read More »

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Cyber Security Tips for the Holidays and Beyond

December 14, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

It’s holiday time. We’re out shopping, traveling many miles back home to spend time with family and attending special holiday events. Not too many of us leave home without our smart phones. We’re checking the latest deals or shopping online, taking photos and staying connected with family and friends. Unfortunately, we take many risks with […] Read More »

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The Day I Gave Up Driving

November 30, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

It was not a conscious decision. More like a weak moment. It was a dark and cloudy day, but warm for the first week of December. My husband and I were moving into our new house with friends and family helping out. Our big yellow lab, Beauregard, was at the vet being boarded for the […] Read More »

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Thousands of Podcasts: What’s Your Favorite?

November 15, 2017 | 1 Comment

by David Flament

  Do You Listen to Podcasts? Google the words “podcast genres” and you’ll be amazed at the amount of content available in a podcast format.  There’s a podcast for just about anything you can think of – dramas, music, comedy, religion, history, horror, science fiction, crime, arts, food, games, travel, fashion – the list never […] Read More »

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Navigating as a Blind Parent in a Sighted World

November 1, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

  A lot has been written about supporting parents of visually impaired children, but not as much for parents with vision loss raising sighted children. Recently, a group of parents and a new grandmother gathered at Second Sense to talk about the challenges and rewards of raising children.  Everyone agreed the children were their reason […] Read More »

Thick hamburger with white cheddar and crisp bacon on a bun.

Food Delivery Apps: The New Way to Get Food to Your Front Door

October 15, 2017 | 2 Comments

by David Flament

  How Times Have Changed! Long gone are the days of calling a restaurant and being put on hold to place your order and then giving your credit card info to some kid you have never met. Today, food delivery apps make it possible to get pretty much anything you’re craving, anytime, anywhere. After a […] Read More »

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Who is That Man Behind The Curtain?

October 2, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

  He’s Your Live Performance Audio Describer! It almost feels like magic when someone whispers in your ear telling you what’s happening on the stage. It’s even more satisfying knowing you aren’t bugging your spouse, friend or fellow theatre goer. Last week, I saw Hamilton, the hit new musical that everyone is clamoring to see.  […] Read More »

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