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

September 15, 2016 | 2 Comments

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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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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A Recipe for Kitchen Success this Summer: Three Parts Vision Rehab Strategy to One Part Planning

August 15, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

  Most people would like to eat a healthy, made from scratch, natural diet, wouldn’t you say? However, vision loss in the kitchen can feel like it is adding extra layers of difficulty to the 7-layer bean salad you wanted to make. Do you: Get frustrated spending 20 minutes looking for ingredients and kitchen tools […] Read More »

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Where to Get Answers to Your Technology Questions

August 1, 2016 | 1 Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology

  I often get asked, “How do you know the answers to our questions?”  I am not a genius and don’t have an eidetic memory.  I just know where some of the resources are to help me find answers to technology questions. In Second Sense’s recent workshop, The Net and Other Resources, I shared some […] Read More »

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What Can a Support Group Do for You?

July 15, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Kathy Austin: An Interview with Lisa, Second Sense support group member

Support groups, no matter what the nature of issue, serve many purposes.  It is a chance to learn, to adjust and to heal.  Lisa is one of those people who reached out and experienced the benefits of what a support group has to offer.  Recently we sat down with Lisa to talk about her experiences […] Read More »

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The Golf Experience with Vision Loss

June 22, 2016 | 4 Comments

by Chuck Eggebrecht

Before I explain how I play golf with vision loss, it is important to have an understanding of the setting in which golf is played.   The Setting Golf is played in a beautiful park-like atmosphere: luscious green lawns, rows of trees, water ranging from rivers to oceans to lakes and ponds, on land ranging […] Read More »

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Breaking Free from the Flock: When Is It Time to Stop Going to the Support Group?

May 31, 2016 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT, OMS

Feeling the Safety in Numbers There is safety in numbers and comfort in being one of a crowd.  But, sometimes it is necessary to see if you can stand alone.  It means facing fears of failure and putting to the test everything you have learned up to that point. Blind service agencies and support groups […] Read More »

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Kathy and her guide dog, Weller, on a street corner in Chicago

Uber and Guide Dogs: The Discussion Continues

May 16, 2016 | 4 Comments

by Kathy Austin, CVA

  Recently I commented on Beth Finke’s Safe and Sound blog, Taking Uber with a Guide Dog: Jury Still Out regarding Uber and transporting people who use service animals. This discussion is important to raise awareness of this valuable transportation option for individuals with vision loss and to ensure that service dogs are accommodated.  Here […] Read More »

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