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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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Tech Tutors Favorite Accessible Apps

May 4, 2015 | 2 Comments

Check out our technology tutors’ favorite apps for the iPhone!  Whether you want to have some fun or need some practical support, you’ll find it in their favorite apps.  If you have an app that’s your favorite, please share! Marv Commerford Sports Scores and Alerts This app is great for keeping up with scores from […] Read More »

Using half a cork as a base, Polly has the self-threading needle stick straight up and wraps the thread around each index finger to gently press it into the eye.

Celebrating Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Week!

April 15, 2015 | Leave a Comment

April 14 is Anne Sullivan’s birthday. Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller’s teacher, brought her student out of isolation and into the world where she became a political activist and author. To celebrate Anne’s dedication and contributions to the profession of teaching people with vision loss, the week of April 13 is Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Week […] Read More »

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