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Terracotta pots of all different shapes and sizes are perfect for a container garden.

It’s Spring: Start a Container Garden

April 1, 2021 | 1 Comment

by Kathy Austin

When I moved into my home 28 years ago, my backyard was a blank slate. I began digging up parts of the lawn to create flower beds, raised beds and a large vegetable plot. Over the years, some beds have gotten bigger and some have long since been turned back to lawn. I’ve watched the […] Read More »

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Understand Your Voting Options this November

October 9, 2020 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

Air Never before has there been so much controversy about how we will vote in our National General Election. Today, with the coronavirus spreading, shortage of election officials, controversy about mail-in ballots and post office woes, you have to think carefully about how you are going to vote. November 3, 2020 is Election Day. Whether […] Read More »

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Summer Grilling: An Extension of Your Adaptive Kitchen Skills

September 1, 2020 | Leave a Comment

by Cody Froeter, CVRT

  Summer is still here! For many folks, that means there’s still time to fire up the grill for some great barbecuing! If you have vision loss, barbecuing can seem like a daunting task. In reality, adaptive grilling skills are incredibly similar to adaptive kitchen skills. With any cooking task, safety is always a priority. […] Read More »

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Life Without a Home Button

July 28, 2020 | Leave a Comment

by By Cody Froeter, CVRT

  For many individuals with vision loss, an iPhone is an essential tool for accomplishing a wide variety of daily tasks. The Home Button was one feature of an iPhone that many of my clients found useful. It was not only used for performing tasks, but it was a tactile landmark on the screen when […] Read More »

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The Apple Watch: A New Tool for Fall Detection

February 14, 2020 | Leave a Comment

by Cody Froeter, CVRT

  For many older individuals, falls are a major concern that can have serious consequences. According to the CDC, more than one in four seniors 65 years and older fall each year. People with vision loss have almost double the risk of experiencing a fall. These falls can lead to a lower quality of life, […] Read More »

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When is it Time to Give up the Car Keys?

December 13, 2019 | Leave a Comment

by Reprinted with permission from the International Low Vision Support Group Newsletter, Volume 14, Issue 11 – November 2019

  You are the best judge of when driving is no longer safe. But, don’t wait until you have an accident before you give up the car keys.   Signals That Might Mean it’s Time to Give Up the Car Keys You are nervous behind the wheel. Your reactions are too slow due to your […] Read More »

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Ramiro is forcing Iwana to release a hold of his arm using a 1Touch release move

Self-Defense: Battling Fear and Building Confidence

March 1, 2019 | 1 Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

  Have You Ever Considered a Self-Defense Class? Many challenges come with vision loss.  You may have a fear of not being fully aware of the environment. When you lack the details typically gained through visual information, you may feel a loss of control when making choices that may affect your personal safety. You miss […] Read More »

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Tax Season and You: Resources for People with Vision Loss

January 29, 2019 | 4 Comments

by David Flament

It is that time of year again.  Time to file your taxes.  You may be saying I am on disability and do not need to file my taxes.  Not so fast.  You’ll want to read on for resources that can answer your questions about filing your taxes as a person with vision loss. Things You […] Read More »

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Making Braille Work for You

January 15, 2019 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

  On January 4, 2019, the United Nations observed the first official World Braille Day to raise awareness of braille. January 4 marks the birthday of Louis Braille, the creator of the code that brings access to the written word for people with vision loss. This code provides access to information, is a method of […] Read More »

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When walking through a crowded room with your cane in one hand and a plate of holiday goodies in the other, use this technique to avoid accidents. Be sure to hold the plate with your arm curved around the edge and your hand grasping it on the part furthest from your body. The back of your hand will be facing out away from you. It’s better to bump others with the back of your hand rather than the edge of your plate.

Holiday Hosting: A Survival Guide for the Host with Vision Loss

December 14, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

When walking through a crowded room with your cane in one hand and a plate of holiday goodies in the other, use this technique to avoid accidents. Be sure to hold the plate with your arm curved around the edge and your hand grasping it on the part furthest from your body. The back of […] Read More »

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