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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 | 2 Comments

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 »

Chef Jim in his white jacket and chef hat

Time to Get Cooking!

November 15, 2016 | 1 Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology

Here’s an exciting new app from Conversant Labs called Yes Chef – just in time for holiday cooking!  Yes Chef is an easy way to find and follow recipes.  Much like this developer’s Say Shopping app, Yes Chef is an app that you talk to and it talks back to you, no typing or swiping […] Read More »

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A New Home? Choosing a Retirement Living Community when You Have Vision Loss

October 30, 2016 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

Packing up the home where you have lived for years, leaving the familiar neighborhood and moving some place new is stressful enough for any senior. When vision loss is part of the picture, it can add another layer of anxiety. Are you wondering: How will I find my way around a large new building? How […] Read More »

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Uber car in downtown Chicago

Ride Sharing: Tips for Maximizing your Travel Experience

October 1, 2016 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

You are getting into a stranger’s car. You wonder … am I going to get to my destination?  Am I going for a joy ride to somewhere over the rainbow?  Who is this person anyway? I’ve been using Uber on a pretty regular basis for the last several months.  I’d like to share some of […] Read More »

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Shawn travels in Chicago using BlindSquare on his iPhone

BlindSquare: A Wonderful Mobility Aid

September 1, 2016 | Leave a Comment

by Shawn Sturges

As we lose our sight to various conditions, often times the fear of a lack of independence begins to creep into our minds.  I have experienced this many times, but with time and adaptive technology, that fear has slowly dissipated. Over the years I have used various technologies to help out with my mobility and […] Read More »

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A Recipe for Kitchen Success this Summer: Three Parts Vision Rehab Strategy to One Part Planning

August 15, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

  Most people would like to eat a healthy, made from scratch, natural diet, wouldn’t you say? However, vision loss in the kitchen can feel like it is adding extra layers of difficulty to the 7-layer bean salad you wanted to make. Do you: Get frustrated spending 20 minutes looking for ingredients and kitchen tools […] Read More »

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Chuck uses a golf club to line up his ball to the hole

The Golf Experience with Vision Loss

June 22, 2016 | 6 Comments

by Chuck Eggebrecht

Before I explain how I play golf with vision loss, it is important to have an understanding of the setting in which golf is played.   The Setting Golf is played in a beautiful park-like atmosphere: luscious green lawns, rows of trees, water ranging from rivers to oceans to lakes and ponds, on land ranging […] Read More »

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Kathy and her guide dog, Weller, on a street corner in Chicago

Uber and Guide Dogs: The Discussion Continues

May 16, 2016 | 4 Comments

by Kathy Austin, CVA

  Recently I commented on Beth Finke’s Safe and Sound blog, Taking Uber with a Guide Dog: Jury Still Out regarding Uber and transporting people who use service animals. This discussion is important to raise awareness of this valuable transportation option for individuals with vision loss and to ensure that service dogs are accommodated.  Here […] Read More »

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