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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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Accentuate the Positive

April 16, 2013 | 4 Comments

by Lauri Dishman, LCPC, Manager of Counseling Services at Second Sense

When it Comes to Working, Blind Workers Face Bias.  That was the title of an article published recently by the Wall Street Journal. 400 or so HR and hiring Managers were surveyed by the non-profit organization, National Industries for the Blind, in an effort to find out why 70% of those who are blind or […] Read More »

Kathy posing with her current guide dog, Solomon, and her retired guide, Jethro

The Truth about Canes and Dogs?

March 13, 2013 | 2 Comments

by Kathy Austin, Community Engagement Specialist at Second Sense

For anyone who knows me, they know I’m a guide dog user through and through.  Maybe I need someone to hold my hand – a cane just doesn’t give me that same sense of security.  I know a guide dog isn’t for everyone, but for me, it’s the only way to travel. In my attempts […] Read More »

Take A Second Look — Date Someone Blind This Valentine’s Day!

February 12, 2013 | 2 Comments

by Polly Abbott, CVRT, OMS, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Second Sense

A co-worker recently commented with how lucky I was to have a blind husband because I was able to bring a gigantic Christmas gift in the door right under his nose, let the bag crinkle at my feet as I greeted him and store the item in plain view in a corner of a room […] Read More »

Hearing A Second Voice

January 14, 2013 | 2 Comments

by David Flament, MA, Manager of Adaptive Technology at Second Sense

About a year and a half ago, I made the switch from using a screen magnifier, Windows 7 Magnifier, to using a screen reader, JAWS for Windows.  My vision had changed enough that I found I could be more productive at work using a screen reader.  Why did I choose JAWS you ask?  Well, JAWS […] Read More »

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