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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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The Accessible Kitchen: Healthy Eating and Vision Loss Part Two

June 15, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

PART TWO:  Identifying Items in the Pantry and Reading Package Information Approach the organization of your fridge and pantry as you would any area of your home that you need to organize: Get rid of what you are not using or haven’t used in two years — old spices, that can of tuna, or the […] Read More »

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Client in Second Sense's cooking classes cuts up a green pepper

The Accessible Kitchen:  Healthy Eating and Vision Loss

June 1, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

  PART ONE:  You Can Learn All the Skills You Need to Cook Healthy Meals Does this recipe sound familiar? Take one person with vision loss and add two family members who don’t put items back where they belong.  Season with a dash of fear of knives and sprinkle with flour and assorted crumbs all over […] Read More »

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Parenting with Vision Loss: What’s it Like for the Kids?

April 15, 2017 | 9 Comments

by Kathy Austin, CVA

  Lots of us with vision loss are raising families. We may worry about how our kids are internalizing the fact that their family is different from their friends.  We wonder if they are picking up on the stares and comments from others about the quality of our parenting skills.  How does having a parent […] Read More »

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Why Are You Learning Braille?

March 15, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

  Somebody told you it was something you should learn… Your eye doctor suggested it in the same breath as his/her diagnosis. Well-meaning friends and family members think braille is an accessory that goes with your white cane. You feel you should prepare for additional vision loss… “I need to learn this now because I […] Read More »

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Shawn holding his medal at an adaptive rock-climbing competition

My Fitness Pal: Accessible Food Journal Website and App

March 7, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by Shawn Sturges

We are just a few weeks into the New Year and like millions of other people, fitness and living a healthier lifestyle are always on my mind. I live an active lifestyle despite my blindness. Over the years, I have been active in Martial Arts, work out in the gym and, most recently, found rock […] Read More »

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Amazon Voice Services: Do You Hear an Echo?

February 3, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology

It seems that lots of you are getting one of the Amazon Echo devices: the Dot, Tap or Echo. The new year has started with me fielding a lot of calls and emails about how to set it up and what to do with it. So here goes.   What is the Difference? All of […] Read More »

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Kathy and her guide Weller stand at the corner of Randolph and Wabash in Chicago

Extreme O&M: Sharpening Orientation and Mobility Skills

January 16, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

  You’re standing at a busy intersection, white cane in hand. Cars are whizzing by, turning in all directions and horns are honking. You need to cross the intersection. You feel like you are on the edge of a pool, waiting to jump in, but the water is icy cold and you are very hesitant. […] Read More »

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John is using 1Touch techniques to disable a fellow student by twisting her arm behind her back.

What Would Make You Take a Self-Defense Class?

January 2, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

Second Sense recently started offering 1Touch™ classes – a self-defense technique developed specifically for people with vision loss.  When I first heard about the program last year I was so intrigued I participated in the training to earn certification as an instructor. Our first class started in late September.  The first 1Touch practitioners completed their […] Read More »

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A woman sitting on the shore looking out into the ocean with quote from Albert Einstein: "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."

Coping with Setbacks: Understanding, Acknowledging and Moving Forward

December 15, 2016 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

  We  all have them. We plan, execute and then, things don’t go exactly according to the well-thought-out plan. It’s called tough luck, bad luck, misjudgment – call it what you like but when it comes right down to it, it is a setback. Those optimistic folks tell you that “attitude is everything.” You can […] Read More »

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