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Ten Tips to Optimize LinkedIn Profiles for Job Seekers

October 21, 2015 | Leave a Comment

by Cheryl Megurdichian

LinkedIn has more than 347 million users and has become a go-to source for recruiters, employers and professionals seeking to build a strong network. Here are 10 tips that can help any beginner set up a polished profile. 1. Take Time to Plan Your Profile Pick your target audience.  Decide what type of job in […] Read More »

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Graph showing employment rates for people with vision loss rising from 27% in 1997 to 37% in 2007.

Employment with Vision Loss: What are the Chances?

October 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

Finding a job that pays a living wage (or more) when you have vision loss can be tough, but things are looking up. Rates of employment for people with vision loss have been steadily increasing from 27% in 1997 to 37% in 2007. What are some factors that can improve the outcome for someone to […] Read More »

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Vision Rehabilitation Therapy: The Invisible Profession?

September 15, 2015 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

I have just returned from my first Association of Vision Rehabilitation Therapists conference.  A re-occurring theme of the conference was how under-utilized vision rehabilitation therapists (VRT) are, especially by doctors, educators and vocational rehabilitation professionals working with clients with vision loss. Are VRTs Invisible? As a profession, we are practically invisible. No one is quite […] Read More »

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Can You Afford a New Smart Phone?

September 2, 2015 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament

For most of us, the cost of getting a new smart phone is too expensive. A new iPhone costs anywhere from $649 to $949. I have always depended on getting my phone every two years with a subsidy from my cell phone company when I sign a new two-year contract. The subsidy brings the price […] Read More »

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Going In for a Handshake, Coming Out with a Lesson

August 15, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Jordan Giffney, social media intern at Second Sense

As a college student, I am told that I must pay my dues by accepting the title, The Intern. This means I spend the majority of my summer gaining work experience at the bottom of the totem pole. While finishing up the end of the semester, the hunt for an internship looked hopeless until a […] Read More »

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Two Tips to Avoid Trouble with the New Generation Victor Reader Stream

August 1, 2015 | 7 Comments

by Marvin Commerford, Second Sense Technology Tutor

The Second Generation Victor Reader Stream‘s Wi-Fi feature has added many great features to a great device.  However, it has also opened up the possibility for problems that didn’t exist on the original Stream.  Here are two tips to decrease the possibility of some problems. The Stream puts all downloaded content like books, podcasts, NFB Newsline, […] Read More »

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Staying Healthy with Talking Products

July 20, 2015 | Leave a Comment

by Jordan Giffney

We are told from day one, “eat your fruits and vegetables,” or “make sure you drink all of your milk for strong bones.” Moms around the world have tried to instill healthy habits in kids who have no interest in finishing their vegetables. But as all children do, we grew up and no longer have our […] Read More »

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Thinking About Android? 7 Great Resources for People with Vision Loss

June 23, 2015 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament, M.A.

Occasionally, we receive questions at Second Sense about Android products.  For most people with vision loss, our technology tutors and I recommend Apple products. There are several reasons for this, the main reason being different Android devices offer different levels of accessibility.  In addition, because most people with vision loss have purchased Apple devices, many […] Read More »

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Everyone Should Know How to Sew!

June 9, 2015 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

I write the title somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but the point I wish to make is the importance of having a hobby that stimulates you beyond listening to the latest podcast or talking book.  Voltaire, the French writer and philosopher, once wrote “il faut cultiver son jardin,” which literally means “one must cultivate one’s own garden.”  As […] Read More »

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A Day in the Life

May 26, 2015 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament

Take a walk with David through his day – is it much different than yours? A Typical Day Motoring to the Office It feels like a bright sunny morning as I step out into the darkness.  I head down the alley and come out at the bus stop.  When the next bus stops, its doors open […] Read More »

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