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Risk: Playing the Game with a Twist

November 1, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by Joseph Lee

As a visually impaired person, I know the lengths we must go in order to enjoy the same recreational activities as our sighted friends.  Often, it is painstakingly time consuming and requires extra financial investment. But, once work-arounds are met and participation is achieved, it is always worth it.  This is true whether it is […] Read More »

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Woman at desk on the phone and using the computer. A set of tools are at hand, including her smart phone, Victor Reader Stream, braille slate and stylus and a set of cooking utensils.

From Kitchen to Workplace:  Building Transferable Skills

September 15, 2018 | 1 Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

Did you know that preparing a meal requires many of the same skills you need to be successful at work?  Whether you are a young person with vision loss who is cooking for the first time or an adult with new vision loss, mastering skills in the kitchen can mean mastering job skills, too.   […] Read More »

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An emergency kit: Backpack with spare cane, baggie of dog food, first aid kit, food, flashlight, medication and water.

Emergency Preparedness:  Are You Ready?

August 15, 2018 | 1 Comment

by Rachael Eschbach, COMS

  Imagine this scenario: You’re home alone and the smoke alarm goes off.  You smell what you think could be smoke.  Your vision is not good enough to check around to see what’s up.  What do you do? Of course, we all know we should be calling 911 to have the fire department arrive on […] Read More »

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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 | 2 Comments

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 | 1 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 »