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Kathy and her guide Weller stand at the corner of Randolph and Wabash in Chicago

Extreme O&M: Sharpening Orientation and Mobility Skills

January 16, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

  You’re standing at a busy intersection, white cane in hand. Cars are whizzing by, turning in all directions and horns are honking. You need to cross the intersection. You feel like you are on the edge of a pool, waiting to jump in, but the water is icy cold and you are very hesitant. […] Read More »

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John is using 1Touch techniques to disable a fellow student by twisting her arm behind her back.

What Would Make You Take a Self-Defense Class?

January 2, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

Second Sense recently started offering 1Touch™ classes – a self-defense technique developed specifically for people with vision loss.  When I first heard about the program last year I was so intrigued I participated in the training to earn certification as an instructor. Our first class started in late September.  The first 1Touch practitioners completed their […] Read More »

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A woman sitting on the shore looking out into the ocean with quote from Albert Einstein: "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."

Coping with Setbacks: Understanding, Acknowledging and Moving Forward

December 15, 2016 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

  We  all have them. We plan, execute and then, things don’t go exactly according to the well-thought-out plan. It’s called tough luck, bad luck, misjudgment – call it what you like but when it comes right down to it, it is a setback. Those optimistic folks tell you that “attitude is everything.” You can […] Read More »

iPhone and iPod

iPod Touch 6th Generation: A Low-Cost Alternative to an iPhone

November 28, 2016 | 1 Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology

  Is There a Good Alternative to the iPhone? I am often asked about alternatives for an iPhone for those who just can’t afford the cost of the device or the monthly expense, but need the accessibility options offered by an iPhone. The answer is the iPod Touch 6th generation. This iPod Touch offers all […] Read More »

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Chef Jim in his white jacket and chef hat

Time to Get Cooking!

November 15, 2016 | 1 Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology

Here’s an exciting new app from Conversant Labs called Yes Chef – just in time for holiday cooking!  Yes Chef is an easy way to find and follow recipes.  Much like this developer’s Say Shopping app, Yes Chef is an app that you talk to and it talks back to you, no typing or swiping […] Read More »

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A New Home? Choosing a Retirement Living Community when You Have Vision Loss

October 30, 2016 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

Packing up the home where you have lived for years, leaving the familiar neighborhood and moving some place new is stressful enough for any senior. When vision loss is part of the picture, it can add another layer of anxiety. Are you wondering: How will I find my way around a large new building? How […] Read More »

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Vorail: Social Media for People with Vision Loss

October 15, 2016 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology

I have found a new iOS (iPhone and iPad) app called Vorail I think is really cool.  Vorail is the exciting new social media app designed specifically for the low vision and blind community.  The developers of Vorail call it Facebook for the blind.  And just in case you’re wondering, it’s free!   How It […] Read More »

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Uber car in downtown Chicago

Ride Sharing: Tips for Maximizing your Travel Experience

October 1, 2016 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

You are getting into a stranger’s car. You wonder … am I going to get to my destination?  Am I going for a joy ride to somewhere over the rainbow?  Who is this person anyway? I’ve been using Uber on a pretty regular basis for the last several months.  I’d like to share some of […] Read More »

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Man walking down the sidewalk with a cane.

White Cane vs. Guide Dog: Why or Why Not?

September 15, 2016 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

  You’re walking down the sidewalk and encounter two people with vision loss. One person is strutting along tapping his cane side to side in front of him. The other person is walking with a yellow Labrador retriever holding onto a harness handle. You ask yourself, “Why do some people travel with a white cane […] Read More »

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Shawn travels in Chicago using BlindSquare on his iPhone

BlindSquare: A Wonderful Mobility Aid

September 1, 2016 | Leave a Comment

by Shawn Sturges

As we lose our sight to various conditions, often times the fear of a lack of independence begins to creep into our minds.  I have experienced this many times, but with time and adaptive technology, that fear has slowly dissipated. Over the years I have used various technologies to help out with my mobility and […] Read More »

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