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Simple with Siri: Making an iPhone Accessible Regardless of Tech Know-How

July 2, 2019 | Leave a Comment

by Cody Froeter, CVRT

With technology’s ever-progressing advancement, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed when considering a new smartphone. Smartphones, particularly iPhones, are impressive devices that can perform a plethora of tasks and settings out of the box. With accessibility features and apps, there are even more options available to users.   Start with the Basics The beauty […] Read More »

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Mary Pat uses her cane to detect the back wall of her house and the beginning of the patio.

Learning to Use a White Cane: Mary Pat’s Journey

June 12, 2019 | Leave a Comment

by Cheryl Megurdichian

Learning to use a white cane can be terrifying. You have to trust this simple tool to find your way in a world that can be very complicated – from cracks in the sidewalk to traffic signals to electric cars that make no noise. For 20 years, Mary Pat let fear dictate part of her […] Read More »

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iPhone with visual assistance app, Aira.

Live Visual Assistance: Comparing BeMyEyes and Aira

May 23, 2019 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament

Sometimes, you just need to borrow a pair of eyes! Today, that personal visual assistance has become a reality with two apps, BeMyEyes and Aira. With the improvements in cameras on smart phones, a live person is ready and willing to assist. Aira and BeMyEyes are two apps that connect you to a person who […] Read More »

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Rosemary standing with her Seeing Eye dog, Clyde next to her artwork, Underwater Cave.

The Power of Art

May 1, 2019 | 1 Comment

by Rosemary Fortney

  Born an Artist Drawing and being an artist was always in my genetic makeup. It has developed through years of art exploration and fine arts studies at Mt. Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Cardinal Stritch College in Fox Point. Art to me is the warmest, most fulfilling experience of my life.  Sharing something […] Read More »

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Andrea with Fiona in San Francisco during guide dog training

The Importance of Trust

April 15, 2019 | 2 Comments

by Andrea O'Donnell

  Meeting My Girl I will never forget the day I met my first guide dog, a beautiful black Labrador retriever named Fiona. It was around 1:00 in the afternoon, and I was patiently waiting in my room at Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) in San Raphael, California. I could hear the sounds of […] Read More »

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Gear for mobility in all types of weather: boots, sun visor, white cane, backpack, sun glasses and yuks

Weathering Mobility Challenges Season to Season

April 1, 2019 | Leave a Comment

by Rachael Eschbach, COMS

Mobility in Every Season Chicago! It’s so wonderful to have all four seasons. Of course, every season presents its own set of challenges when traveling with vision loss. Here are some of the mobility problems that crop up season-to-season.  And some tips for overcoming them.   Winter Ice Ice is something that worries everyone, vision […] Read More »

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Vision Enhancements: Too Good to be True?

March 15, 2019 | 1 Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

Have you heard about these new devices that “help the blind see?” Almost daily, I receive articles that make these devices sound like you could get your vision back. Frankly, I was a bit confused and very skeptical as each device sounded similar – glasses, cameras, speakers, etc. In an effort to sort out what […] Read More »

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Ramiro is forcing Iwana to release a hold of his arm using a 1Touch release move

Self-Defense: Battling Fear and Building Confidence

March 1, 2019 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

  Have You Ever Considered a Self-Defense Class? Many challenges come with vision loss.  You may have a fear of not being fully aware of the environment. When you lack the details typically gained through visual information, you may feel a loss of control when making choices that may affect your personal safety. You miss […] Read More »

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Sara Ellen wears a blindfold with her white cane.

Blindfold Training:  How Does it Help My Mobility?

February 15, 2019 | Leave a Comment

by Rachael Eschbach, COMS

  “You know what’s weird,  I feel like I did better walking to your office blindfolded using the cane, than I did walking to your office using my vision…” ~Nicole   Many people who have some useable vision may have trouble learning to use a white cane. They are still trying to rely only on […] Read More »

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2018 Tax Form 1040 for preparing tax returns

Tax Season and You: Resources for People with Vision Loss

January 29, 2019 | 1 Comment

by David Flament

It is that time of year again.  Time to file your taxes.  You may be saying I am on disability and do not need to file my taxes.  Not so fast.  You’ll want to read on for resources that can answer your questions about filing your taxes as a person with vision loss. Things You […] Read More »

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