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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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Androidified David wearing a Chicago Bulls uniform with sunglasses and a basketball

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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LaTonya tries out a sewing machine

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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Be More Productive with New Workflow App

April 6, 2015 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament

I recently found an app that reminds me of my days way back when I was a computer programmer. I had learned to program like everyone else back in the late eighties and early nineties by writing lines and lines of code to make the computer do what we wanted it to do. Then, in […] Read More »

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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 »

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