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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 | Leave a 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 »

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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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Book Clubs: More than Just a New Book to Read

September 15, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

It’s More than a Book Several vision loss support groups in the Chicago area also host Talking Book Clubs. Many occur at local libraries and are led by professional leaders. The only difference is that the participants generally are all reading audio books through the NLS Talking Book program. Recently, I had a conversation with […] Read More »

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Who is Rachael Eschbach?

September 1, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Rachael Eschbach, COMS

I am a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, who is fortunate to be a full time employee at Second Sense.  Although I am a young professional, I have been working in the field and training clients of all ages in Orientation and Mobility (O&M) for the past 6 years.  I love what I do! I […] Read More »

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Five Image Recognition Apps You’ll Want to Try

August 15, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament

I often get asked about text, object and image recognition apps for iPhones and iPads. Recently, fully sighted people have even asked because of the release of AiPoly 2.0 and all the press it received. So, I thought I would review some of the more popular apps in this area. Here we go! AiPoly Let’s […] Read More »

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Kathy with her three guides, past and present, Rowen, Weller and Solomon.

Retiring a Guide Dog: When is it Time to Throw in the Towel?

August 1, 2017 | 3 Comments

by Kathy Austin, CVA

His nose twitches constantly. Lamp posts cannot be resisted. Another slimy chicken bone taken out of his mouth. This is my regular two-block walk from the office to the train station. I have a very sweet, sometimes naughty, Labrador Retriever guide dog named Weller. He is a gorgeous dog with long ears, a sharp nose […] Read More »

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JAWS vs. NVDA: Hearing Another Voice

July 15, 2017 | 2 Comments

by David Flament

I often talk to our clients about the need to learn a second screen reader and have even blogged on the subject.  I use both JAWS and NVDA on a regular basis.  I want to share my experience with a recent JAWS update and how NVDA came to the rescue. The Crash Back in April, […] Read More »

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