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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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“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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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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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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Apple Watch: Convenience or Necessity?

March 15, 2018 | 7 Comments

by David Flament

  As the manager of assistive technology at Second Sense, I love to keep up with the new products and devices that can benefit our clients.  When Apple brought out their new watch, I was intrigued.  But I waited until a few generations had been produced before putting my money down.  Just like with new […] Read More »

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Is Your Sweetie New to Vision Loss:  A Partner’s Guide to Encourage Independence

March 5, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

All the doctor visits and uncertainties around the future can make it difficult to focus on the things we do every day.   Here are some concrete steps you can take to encourage small but significant changes for your partner to be a little more independent. Find Out How a Person Lives with Vision Loss It’s […] Read More »

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

February 13, 2018 | 2 Comments

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 to […] Read More »

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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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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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