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Pam sitting on a bench with Cabrillo by her side

Making Airport Travel A Breeze

March 17, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Pamela Berman

I hold a quarterly dog guide group at Blind Service Association in Chicago.  Recently, our guest speakers provided an informative presentation on getting the assistance you need to make your way through the airport.  Whether you are using a dog or a cane, it’s great to know about the support available when you travel. Here […] Read More »

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Polly demonstrating one of the 1-Touch hand positions she learned

Battling Fear with Self-Defense

March 4, 2015 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT, COMS, Director of Rehabilitation Services

Many challenges come with vision loss, particularly for those new to visual impairment. Some people who are blind have a great fear of not being fully aware of the environment. Lacking details typically gained through visual information, gives a sense of loss of control when making choices that may affect personal safety. It’s the seemingly […] Read More »

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The Road Map: Ten Ways to Maintain Your Lifestyle with Vision Loss

February 13, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Kathy Austin, Community Engagement Specialist at Second Sense

When I was first told that my vision wasn’t something that could be corrected with a new eye glass prescription, but rather more devastating news that I was going to lose it all, I was in shock.  I drove home from the doctor’s office that day, crying with the song “For Your Eyes Only,” the […] Read More »

Scheduling a ride on Uber using an iPhone

The Uber Experience

January 22, 2015 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology Services at Second Sense

I travel in and around the city on public transportation.  I have heard so many horror stories at my job about paratransit that I have never even applied for it.  Sometimes, I need to get somewhere in a hurry or need to go someplace that is difficult to get to using public transportation.  My only […] Read More »

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Meg working on Second Sense's Twitter feed

A Second Sense of Purpose

January 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment

by By Meg Dowell, Social Media Volunteer

“We’re sorry. The job you are trying to reach requires seven master’s degrees. Also, you must speak twenty languages and be able to solve a Rubik’s cube in thirty seconds or less. You do not qualify.” I bet everyone on this train is on their way to work. That’s what I think as I hop […] Read More »

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Peapod shopping site home page

Is it Accessibility or Usability?

December 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament, MA, Manager of Adaptive Technology Services at Second Sense

I ran into something recently on our technology email list, Techexchange, which made me think, “Hmmm.”  It was a forwarded article about Peapod settling a lawsuit about their website not being accessible.  I found this funny as I had just received my order from Peapod a couple of days earlier and had just taught shopping […] Read More »

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A variety of great gifts for someone with vision loss including an Ott Light, large print calendar and 20/20 pen

Holiday Gift Giving: Shopping for Someone with Vision Loss

December 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Second Sense

Do you have people on your holiday gift giving list that seem impossible to shop for? Out of ideas of what to get? Welcome to the club! If you are shopping for someone who has vision loss, the task might seem even more challenging. Do you have a mother or father with low vision who, […] Read More »

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

November 20, 2014 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, Community Engagement Specialist and Meg Dowel, Social Media Intern at Second Sense

Finding and treating diabetes is the best way to prevent complications such as diabetic retinopathy. However, diabetic eye diseases tend to surface without warning, often resulting in vision loss. Loss of vision alters many aspects of life, and managing conditions such as diabetes on top of changes in sight might seem impossible for many. Staying […] Read More »

The Language of Mobility

October 15, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Alex Jones, Guest Blogger

I am drawn to O&M, or orientation and mobility, because I think it is an interesting and multifaceted field of work that draws on proven methods, progressive thought and creative instincts. Vision and Gait Lately, I find myself incredibly invested in how blindness and visual impairments affect one’s gait. I have become increasingly aware of […] Read More »

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Patient Advocacy: Quiz Time

October 6, 2014 | Leave a Comment

by Andrés J. Gallegos, Esq., Guest Blogger

Andres Gallegos, a disability rights attorney, recently visited Second Sense and shared information on your rights under the ADA to receive healthcare in a way that meets your specific needs.  Below he writes about one situation and provides options for handling this difficult situation.  If you have had a similar experience when accessing medical care, please […] Read More »

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