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A New Tactile Alphabet:  Reinventing the Wheel—AGAIN!

May 31, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

There has been a lot of buzz lately about the ELIA alphabet. The ELIA alphabet shapes are based on the Roman alphabet but contained within “frames” of different shapes (circle, open circle, square, pointy-top with a square bottom).  Within the frames are details such as a dot or a line which characterize that particular letter.  […] Read More »

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Five Barriers to Success and Motivation

April 16, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by Rachael Eschbach, COMS

So often we tell ourselves, “I am going to do (insert undesirable activity) because it will be good for me.” The funny thing is, we recognize the importance of what we want to accomplish, but something keeps us from doing it. Change is hard and learning curves are steep, but the fact we have recognized […] Read More »

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Is Your Sweetie New to Vision Loss:  A Partner’s Guide to Encourage Independence

March 5, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

All the doctor visits and uncertainties around the future can make it difficult to focus on the things we do every day.   Here are some concrete steps you can take to encourage small but significant changes for your partner to be a little more independent. Find Out How a Person Lives with Vision Loss It’s […] Read More »

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Is Your Sweetie New to Vision Loss? A Guide for Enjoying this Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2018 | 2 Comments

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

Keeping Your Relationships Strong Even with Vision Loss Are you close to someone who is experiencing significant vision loss for the first time? Do you feel helpless — wanting to help them but don’t know what to do? Do you feel your world has been turned upside down and life isn’t what it used to […] Read More »

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Sally reading a recipe on the homemade CCTV in her kitchen.

Creating a Homegrown CCTV

January 30, 2018 | 1 Comment

by Sara Streeter

Before taking early retirement a couple of years ago, I spent 34 years doing accounting and finance work. I grew up fully sighted and relied on good vision for my intensely-detailed work, spending long hours staring at numbers and other data on a computer screen. Then, in my early 50s, the effects of my progressive […] Read More »

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Cyber Security Tips for the Holidays and Beyond

December 14, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

It’s holiday time. We’re out shopping, traveling many miles back home to spend time with family and attending special holiday events. Not too many of us leave home without our smart phones. We’re checking the latest deals or shopping online, taking photos and staying connected with family and friends. Unfortunately, we take many risks with […] Read More »

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Navigating as a Blind Parent in a Sighted World

November 1, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

  A lot has been written about supporting parents of visually impaired children, but not as much for parents with vision loss raising sighted children. Recently, a group of parents and a new grandmother gathered at Second Sense to talk about the challenges and rewards of raising children.  Everyone agreed the children were their reason […] Read More »

Thick hamburger with white cheddar and crisp bacon on a bun.

Food Delivery Apps: The New Way to Get Food to Your Front Door

October 15, 2017 | 2 Comments

by David Flament

  How Times Have Changed! Long gone are the days of calling a restaurant and being put on hold to place your order and then giving your credit card info to some kid you have never met. Today, food delivery apps make it possible to get pretty much anything you’re craving, anytime, anywhere. After a […] Read More »

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Who is That Man Behind The Curtain?

October 2, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

  He’s Your Live Performance Audio Describer! It almost feels like magic when someone whispers in your ear telling you what’s happening on the stage. It’s even more satisfying knowing you aren’t bugging your spouse, friend or fellow theatre goer. Last week, I saw Hamilton, the hit new musical that everyone is clamoring to see.  […] Read More »

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The Accessible Kitchen: Healthy Eating and Vision Loss Part Three

June 30, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

  PART THREE: Healthy Eating Usually Means Cooking from Scratch Cooking from scratch usually means following recipes. How are you going to save and access them? Do you need computer skills? Recipes on tape? A large print cookbook? An iPad with zoom or voice over? There are many options to explore. In the end a […] Read More »

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