Archive: October 2018

Braille on the Go: A Review of Braille Notetakers

October 15, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament

  I have been fielding a lot of calls about notetakers lately.  These are expensive devices, so I encourage you to do your research before purchasing.  You can start here with information and links to reviews for three of the major notetaking devices on the market, BrailleNote Touch, BrailleSense Polaris and ElBraille.   BrailleNote Touch […] Read More »

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Journaling Therapy: How Do You Feed Yourself?

October 2, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by Becky DeGeorge

Have you ever thought of keeping a journal?  When I was in the fifth grade, I kept one for a while.  You know the kind — a five-year diary with a little flap that closed and locked with a key.  I don’t have that diary anymore, but it would be fun to be able to […] Read More »

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Woman at desk on the phone and using the computer. A set of tools are at hand, including her smart phone, Victor Reader Stream, braille slate and stylus and a set of cooking utensils.

From Kitchen to Workplace:  Building Transferable Skills

September 15, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

Did you know that preparing a meal requires many of the same skills you need to be successful at work?  Whether you are a young person with vision loss who is cooking for the first time or an adult with new vision loss, mastering skills in the kitchen can mean mastering job skills, too.   […] Read More »

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Jocelyn sits at a computer exploring Peapod's website

Web Browsers:  Accessibility and the Changing Landscape

September 1, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament

  Internet Explorer has been discontinued and Microsoft has not sent any major updates since 2015. Internet Explorer is becoming unsafe to use. If you are still using Internet Explorer, it may be time to try another web browser. Here are some other web browser options you may want to consider.   Microsoft Edge What […] Read More »

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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 »

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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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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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