Archive: December 2018

When walking through a crowded room with your cane in one hand and a plate of holiday goodies in the other, use this technique to avoid accidents. Be sure to hold the plate with your arm curved around the edge and your hand grasping it on the part furthest from your body. The back of your hand will be facing out away from you. It’s better to bump others with the back of your hand rather than the edge of your plate.

Holiday Hosting: A Survival Guide for the Host with Vision Loss

December 14, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

When walking through a crowded room with your cane in one hand and a plate of holiday goodies in the other, use this technique to avoid accidents. Be sure to hold the plate with your arm curved around the edge and your hand grasping it on the part furthest from your body. The back of […] Read More »

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Is There an App for That?

November 30, 2018 | 4 Comments

by David Flament

  I often work with clients on finding apps to help them with everyday life. I wanted to share a couple of the ones I use and recommend to students. The apps below are for the iPhone. Some are also available for Android.   Is There an App to Help Me Get Where I Need […] Read More »

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Meet John:  Advice for Those Starting a Career

November 15, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by John Erickson

  John Erickson, a long-time successful career professional, has also been living with vision loss since childhood. We asked John to share with us how he faced the skepticism of others and rose to meet these challenges. Here’s John’s story and advice to those who are embarking on new careers. My name is John Erickson, […] Read More »

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Risk game board showing armies in Africa and the card deck in the foreground

Risk: Playing the Game with a Twist

November 1, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by Joseph Lee

As a visually impaired person, I know the lengths we must go in order to enjoy the same recreational activities as our sighted friends.  Often, it is painstakingly time consuming and requires extra financial investment. But, once work-arounds are met and participation is achieved, it is always worth it.  This is true whether it is […] Read More »

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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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