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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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David using VoiceOver gestures on his iPhone

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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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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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 »

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