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A Second Sense of Purpose

January 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment

by By Meg Dowell, Social Media Volunteer

“We’re sorry. The job you are trying to reach requires seven master’s degrees. Also, you must speak twenty languages and be able to solve a Rubik’s cube in thirty seconds or less. You do not qualify.” I bet everyone on this train is on their way to work. That’s what I think as I hop […] Read More »

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A variety of great gifts for someone with vision loss including an Ott Light, large print calendar and 20/20 pen

Holiday Gift Giving: Shopping for Someone with Vision Loss

December 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Second Sense

Do you have people on your holiday gift giving list that seem impossible to shop for? Out of ideas of what to get? Welcome to the club! If you are shopping for someone who has vision loss, the task might seem even more challenging. Do you have a mother or father with low vision who, […] Read More »

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Patient Advocacy: Quiz Time

October 6, 2014 | Leave a Comment

by Andrés J. Gallegos, Esq., Guest Blogger

Andres Gallegos, a disability rights attorney, recently visited Second Sense and shared information on your rights under the ADA to receive healthcare in a way that meets your specific needs.  Below he writes about one situation and provides options for handling this difficult situation.  If you have had a similar experience when accessing medical care, please […] Read More »

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Please Don’t Open the Door for Me!

August 14, 2014 | 4 Comments

by Kathy Austin, Community Engagement Specialist at Second Sense

“Opening the Door” can be a euphemism for discovery and learning. Today, I’d like to “open the door” and provide a little education on opening a door for someone with vision loss. I know lots of people out there have kind souls and a genuine desire to help someone in need.  As a person with […] Read More »

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Relax, Take it Easy

July 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Second Sense

Relaxing is easier said than done. When life is stressful and challenges daunting, we need to take some time to relax and regain some energy to keep going. Stress is your body’s normal reaction to any demand for change.  How you handle stress varies from person to person.  Here are five reasons why you should […] Read More »

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Do I Really Need an iPhone?

June 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Marv Commerford

How I Lost the Battle! Since I’ve been involved with Second Sense for a long time, I knew about the iPhone’s accessibility from the time it was introduced with the 3GS.  Both staff and students were surprised that I didn’t jump on board with the iPhone early on because I do like new technology.  I […] Read More »

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What’s Stopping You?

May 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Second Sense

Last year I had the big idea to offer cooking classes based on different ethnic themes.  From a skill-building standpoint, it worked as all cuisines need slicing, measuring, and organization to successfully complete.  Unable to face another electric skillet pizza, I decided to offer dishes from Korea, Japan, Thailand, Italy and India. Spring rolls! Noodles! […] Read More »

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Have Intentional Discussions with Your Loved Ones

April 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Marcia Knudson, Manager of Counseling Services at Second Sense

[getty src=”481897087?et=g8dNCNwlG0yVT_nDdRTTYg&sig=12LN4QiUDGxYPIFxIN0rIKoeViYxBCTppjBAPIPXwN0=” width=”507″ height=”398″] If you’re anything like me, your thoughts and energies are directed toward lists and responsibilities. When your activity level goes up, so can your stress level. The close relationships we have go more smoothly when expectations and intentions are clear.  But they often aren’t clear, and misunderstanding, frustration and impatience ensues. Bringing some […] Read More »

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Loretta proofs her braille at the braillerwriter

Are You Ready for Unified English Braille?

November 20, 2013 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, Director of Services at Second Sense

CNIB 2013 National Braille Conference I recently returned from the CNIB National Braille Conference in Toronto.  The conference is entirely devoted to braille: production, transcription, instruction and how it all intermingles with the new developments in technology. The morning keynote was given by Peter Osborne, Head of International Development, RNIB (Royal National Institute for Blind People). […] Read More »

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The Independence Balancing Act

September 19, 2013 | 2 Comments

by Marcia Knudson, Manager of Counseling Services at Second Sense

I Can Do It Myself! Independence is a goal that motivates us throughout our lives.  A forceful “I can do it myself” is a solid part of a toddler’s vocabulary. At the same time, children will easily and without drama, ask an older sibling or a parent to reach that bag of cookies that is […] Read More »

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