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The Best Advice My Mother Ever Gave Me: Learn to Type

March 17, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

When I was growing up, my mother always told me that I should learn how to type. I can still hear her saying, “You can always be a secretary and have something to fall back on if you need it.” My mom passed away 24 years ago and this was one piece of advice that […] Read More »

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9 Tips for Using Ride Sharing Apps if You Have Vision Loss

March 3, 2016 | 1 Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology Services

Questions have been pouring in to Second Sense about ride sharing. The popularity in this new way of getting around has grown substantially since last winter’s article in Tech Times. I’d like to share more thoughts and some tips to help you get comfortable with a safe and affordable way to get to your destination.   […] Read More »

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Madeline Conquers Her Insecurity and Turns White Cane into Fashion Statement

February 22, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Kathy Austin, Community Outreach Specialist

Three cheers for Madeline for getting past a very difficult hurdle!  Madeline was introduced to the white cane with her first lessons at Second Sense.  In honor of Retinitis Pigmentosa Awareness month, Madeline shares how she conquered her insecurity and turned her white cane into a fashion statement.  We are so proud of her!   Many of […] Read More »

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Love, Belonging, and Commitment: Not Just for Your Valentine

February 3, 2016 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT, OMS

I have a small confession.  Valentine’s Day has been a favorite holiday of mine since grade school. Once January hits, I am already planning a party that somehow never gets thrown.  Wrapped up amongst thoughts of pink-iced heart-shaped sugar cookies with cinnamon heart candies on them is an appreciation for the less silly and more […] Read More »

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Five iOS 9 Features Long Overdue

January 19, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Shawn Sturges, Second Sense technology tutor

As an iPhone user over the past several years, I have seen many useful updates to iOS.  Each update has brought useful changes to the iPhone and for its users, and the technology continues to improve. The latest release of iOS 9 is no different and improvements made directly impact VoiceOver users.  Here are several […] Read More »

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Why do You Need Braille? Let’s Count the Ways!

January 4, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Tony Colon, Second Sense braille tutor

As never before, advances in technology have made it possible for the visually impaired and blind to take advantage of such items as computers, iPhones and the like. You can accomplish so many tasks without the assistance of a sighted person. It is without a doubt, a great time to be alive. So, when I […] Read More »

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Give an Experience Gift: 21 Ideas They’ll Remember!

December 21, 2015 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin

Recently I read a blog on American Foundation of the Blind’s Family Connect site about giving experiences as a holiday gift to children instead of the “stuff” that clutters up our homes.  Studies have shown that the positive memories we hold about experiences make us happier than the things we accumulate.  Do you remember that […] Read More »

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Apple TV: Taking Television to a New Level

December 4, 2015 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament

Looking for a holiday gift the whole family can enjoy? You might want to consider turning your television into a Smart TV! Apple is more than just the iPhone, iPad, iPod and Mac, it is also TV. The Apple TV is a small box you plug into your current TV that turns your TV into a […] Read More »

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Windows 10: Should I Upgrade?

November 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology Services

I have been receiving a good many calls about whether to upgrade to Microsoft’s July 29th release of Windows 10. Windows 10 is a free upgrade from Windows 7, 8, and 8.1. The upgrade will remain free for 1 year, until July 29, 2016. If you wait to upgrade until after that date, you may […] Read More »

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Ten Tips to Optimize LinkedIn Profiles for Job Seekers

October 21, 2015 | Leave a Comment

by Cheryl Megurdichian

LinkedIn has more than 347 million users and has become a go-to source for recruiters, employers and professionals seeking to build a strong network. Here are 10 tips that can help any beginner set up a polished profile. 1. Take Time to Plan Your Profile Pick your target audience.  Decide what type of job in […] Read More »

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