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A variety of great gifts for someone with vision loss including an Ott Light, large print calendar and 20/20 pen

Holiday Gift Giving: Shopping for Someone with Vision Loss

December 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

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

Do you have people on your holiday gift giving list that seem impossible to shop for? Out of ideas of what to get? Welcome to the club! If you are shopping for someone who has vision loss, the task might seem even more challenging. Do you have a mother or father with low vision who, […] Read More »

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

November 20, 2014 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, Community Engagement Specialist and Meg Dowel, Social Media Intern at Second Sense

Finding and treating diabetes is the best way to prevent complications such as diabetic retinopathy. However, diabetic eye diseases tend to surface without warning, often resulting in vision loss. Loss of vision alters many aspects of life, and managing conditions such as diabetes on top of changes in sight might seem impossible for many. Staying […] Read More »

The Language of Mobility

October 15, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Alex Jones, Guest Blogger

I am drawn to O&M, or orientation and mobility, because I think it is an interesting and multifaceted field of work that draws on proven methods, progressive thought and creative instincts. Vision and Gait Lately, I find myself incredibly invested in how blindness and visual impairments affect one’s gait. I have become increasingly aware of […] Read More »

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Patient Advocacy: Quiz Time

October 6, 2014 | Leave a Comment

by Andrés J. Gallegos, Esq., Guest Blogger

Andres Gallegos, a disability rights attorney, recently visited Second Sense and shared information on your rights under the ADA to receive healthcare in a way that meets your specific needs.  Below he writes about one situation and provides options for handling this difficult situation.  If you have had a similar experience when accessing medical care, please […] Read More »

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Top Ten Highlights from Apple’s Big Announcement

September 11, 2014 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology at Second Sense

It is that time of year again, time for Apple’s annual extravaganza announcing their new products.  This year was rumored to be the biggest event since their iMac release in the late 1990s.  Yesterday’s announcement was pretty big and very exciting to follow.  Since everyone on the Web is giving their highlights, I thought I […] Read More »

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Please Don’t Open the Door for Me!

August 14, 2014 | 4 Comments

by Kathy Austin, Community Engagement Specialist at Second Sense

“Opening the Door” can be a euphemism for discovery and learning. Today, I’d like to “open the door” and provide a little education on opening a door for someone with vision loss. I know lots of people out there have kind souls and a genuine desire to help someone in need.  As a person with […] Read More »

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Relax, Take it Easy

July 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Second Sense

Relaxing is easier said than done. When life is stressful and challenges daunting, we need to take some time to relax and regain some energy to keep going. Stress is your body’s normal reaction to any demand for change.  How you handle stress varies from person to person.  Here are five reasons why you should […] Read More »

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Do I Really Need an iPhone?

June 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Marv Commerford

How I Lost the Battle! Since I’ve been involved with Second Sense for a long time, I knew about the iPhone’s accessibility from the time it was introduced with the 3GS.  Both staff and students were surprised that I didn’t jump on board with the iPhone early on because I do like new technology.  I […] Read More »

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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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