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Winter Travel with Vision Loss:  A Common Sense Approach

January 6, 2021 | Leave a Comment

by Eleni Gaves, COMS and Brad Blair, O&M intern

  Whether you are fully sighted, losing your vision or blind, traveling in inclement winter weather is challenging. It requires planning and adaptations. These tips and methods will help you plan safe, productive travel. Many of these tips are similar to what anyone with 20/20 vision needs to do, but with methods adapted for those […] Read More »

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GPS for the Traveler with Vision Loss: An Overview

December 15, 2020 | Leave a Comment

by Brad Blair

  Global positioning system (GPS) technology is nearly everywhere. Today, GPS is in nearly every car on the road and every phone carried in a person’s pocket or purse. It’s now taken for granted that if you are planning a route from Chicago to Portland, or even just across town, you will use GPS systems. […] Read More »

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iOS 14 New Accessibility Features

November 18, 2020 | Leave a Comment

by Siobhan Midgley

  For all you iPhone users out there, some exciting new accessibility features have accompanied the unveiling of iOS 14! I’ll discuss some of the new features you may find useful if you have vision loss. Some of our clients have found some iOS 14 updates to be a bit of a nuisance.  If you […] Read More »

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Understand Your Voting Options this November

October 9, 2020 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

Air Never before has there been so much controversy about how we will vote in our National General Election. Today, with the coronavirus spreading, shortage of election officials, controversy about mail-in ballots and post office woes, you have to think carefully about how you are going to vote. November 3, 2020 is Election Day. Whether […] Read More »

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Mental Map: A Tool for Traveling with Less Worry

October 1, 2020 | Leave a Comment

by Eleni Gaves, COMS

  When you travel to a new destination, how do you know how to get there? What steps do you take to prepare so you will find your destination with minimal risk of getting lost? A sighted person can use GPS, consult a physical map, read street signs and look out for visual landmarks. People […] Read More »

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Summer Grilling: An Extension of Your Adaptive Kitchen Skills

September 1, 2020 | Leave a Comment

by Cody Froeter, CVRT

  Summer is still here! For many folks, that means there’s still time to fire up the grill for some great barbecuing! If you have vision loss, barbecuing can seem like a daunting task. In reality, adaptive grilling skills are incredibly similar to adaptive kitchen skills. With any cooking task, safety is always a priority. […] Read More »

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Life Without a Home Button

July 28, 2020 | Leave a Comment

by By Cody Froeter, CVRT

  For many individuals with vision loss, an iPhone is an essential tool for accomplishing a wide variety of daily tasks. The Home Button was one feature of an iPhone that many of my clients found useful. It was not only used for performing tasks, but it was a tactile landmark on the screen when […] Read More »

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Looking Back at the Pandemic: What Are You Grateful For?

June 15, 2020 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

Could any of us have imagined on New Year’s Day 2020 what our world would be like just five months later? We have been isolated from our family, friends and co-workers. We may have taken ill with COVID19 or have grieved the loss of a loved one. We may have felt lonely during these past […] Read More »

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Kathy's guide dog, Rowen, patiently waiting on the front porch during the coronavirus

Keeping Your Guide Dog Sharp During the Coronavirus

May 7, 2020 | 5 Comments

by Kathy Austin, CVA

Rowen is a go-go, very active guide dog. When our stay at home orders were imposed because of COVID 19, I was a little concerned that our walks around the neighborhood for exercise wouldn’t be quite enough for him. My neighborhood is quiet with little traffic, very different from downtown Chicago on a busy weekday […] Read More »

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A Lifesaver in Your Pocket: How to Set Up Your Medical I.D. Profile

April 8, 2020 | 2 Comments

by Kathy Austin, CVA

These are scary times. While there is much we cannot control, there are some things we can do to make sure we are prepared if the worst happens. Especially now, with the Coronavirus circulating through our communities at a rapid pace. You want to make sure first responders know a little about you and how […] Read More »

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