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What’s Stopping You?

May 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Second Sense

Last year I had the big idea to offer cooking classes based on different ethnic themes.  From a skill-building standpoint, it worked as all cuisines need slicing, measuring, and organization to successfully complete.  Unable to face another electric skillet pizza, I decided to offer dishes from Korea, Japan, Thailand, Italy and India. Spring rolls! Noodles! […] Read More »

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Have Intentional Discussions with Your Loved Ones

April 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Marcia Knudson, Manager of Counseling Services at Second Sense

If you’re anything like me, your thoughts and energies are directed toward lists and responsibilities. When your activity level goes up, so can your stress level. The close relationships we have go more smoothly when expectations and intentions are clear.  But they often aren’t clear, and misunderstanding, frustration and impatience ensues. Bringing some intention to discussions can […] Read More »

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Saying Good-Bye to Microsoft XP

February 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology at Second Sense

If you have not said goodbye to Windows XP, time is running out fast.  On April 1, 2014, Microsoft will no longer offer support for Windows XP.  You may ask, “How does that affect your Windows XP computer?” What’s going to happen? Well, you know all those pesky updates Windows is always trying to install?  […] Read More »

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Join the Family and Friends Exchange!

January 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment

by Marcia Knudson, Manager of Counseling Services at Second Sense

We’re All In This Together Remember when our parents would say something like, “This is going to hurt me more than it’s going to hurt you,” right before imposing something on us that we clearly didn’t want?  They knew that we were going to be unhappy, and it hurt them when we were unhappy because […] Read More »

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Loretta proofs her braille at the braillerwriter

Are You Ready for Unified English Braille?

November 20, 2013 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, Director of Services at Second Sense

CNIB 2013 National Braille Conference I recently returned from the CNIB National Braille Conference in Toronto.  The conference is entirely devoted to braille: production, transcription, instruction and how it all intermingles with the new developments in technology. The morning keynote was given by Peter Osborne, Head of International Development, RNIB (Royal National Institute for Blind People). […] Read More »

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Masks and Mayhem

October 18, 2013 | Leave a Comment

by Fred Nickl, Sr., Guest Blogger at Second Sense

Forming the Shape I had the good fortune to be in Second Sense’s Masks and Mayhem workshop. The word Mayhem in the title is what really caught my attention.  That’s all it took to get me to sign up for the workshop. The workshop was led by Jeff Semmerling from Semmerling and Schaefer Mask Artists Studioand helped […] Read More »

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The Independence Balancing Act

September 19, 2013 | 2 Comments

by Marcia Knudson, Manager of Counseling Services at Second Sense

I Can Do It Myself! Independence is a goal that motivates us throughout our lives.  A forceful “I can do it myself” is a solid part of a toddler’s vocabulary. At the same time, children will easily and without drama, ask an older sibling or a parent to reach that bag of cookies that is […] Read More »

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It’s A Jungle Out There: Navigating Summer Sidewalks with Vision Loss

August 15, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Doug Anzlovar, Guest Blogger

From rural communities to bustling cities, pedestrians who are visually impaired or blind often contend with a variety of obstacles as they move through their environment.  Good weather tends to not only bring out the flowers and birds but also shrubbery that over extends onto sidewalks, tree branches that hang down overhead, sprinklers watering everything […] Read More »

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Is Windows 8 a Good Choice for Someone with Vision Loss?

July 25, 2013 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology at Second Sense

I have been getting asked a lot about two things that are very closely tied together. One question is “Should I get Windows 8?” The other is, “Should I get a tablet instead of a laptop?” Let’s start with Windows 8 Windows 8 is the newest Microsoft operating system. It is primarily designed for touch screen […] Read More »

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Getting a Grip: Thoughts on Using a Human Guide

June 24, 2013 | 3 Comments

by George Abbott, Guest Blogger

Considerations for Your Guide Many of us who travel with a long white cane or dog guide may choose to benefit from the services of a human guide from time to time. Noisy, crowded unfamiliar areas, such as an airport or major train station, a buffet line, or construction site, to name a few. While […] Read More »

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