Archive: October 2016

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Vorail: Social Media for People with Vision Loss

October 15, 2016 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology

I have found a new iOS (iPhone and iPad) app called Vorail I think is really cool.  Vorail is the exciting new social media app designed specifically for the low vision and blind community.  The developers of Vorail call it Facebook for the blind.  And just in case you’re wondering, it’s free!   How It […] 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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Marv with his Victor Reader Stream

Two Tips to Avoid Trouble with the New Generation Victor Reader Stream

August 1, 2015 | 7 Comments

by Marvin Commerford, Second Sense Technology Tutor

The Second Generation Victor Reader Stream‘s Wi-Fi feature has added many great features to a great device.  However, it has also opened up the possibility for problems that didn’t exist on the original Stream.  Here are two tips to decrease the possibility of some problems. The Stream puts all downloaded content like books, podcasts, NFB Newsline, […] Read More »

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Making Airport Travel A Breeze

March 17, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Pamela Berman

I hold a quarterly dog guide group at Blind Service Association in Chicago.  Recently, our guest speakers provided an informative presentation on getting the assistance you need to make your way through the airport.  Whether you are using a dog or a cane, it’s great to know about the support available when you travel. Here […] Read More »

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Polly demonstrating one of the 1-Touch hand positions she learned

Battling Fear with Self-Defense

March 4, 2015 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT, COMS, Director of Rehabilitation Services

Many challenges come with vision loss, particularly for those new to visual impairment. Some people who are blind have a great fear of not being fully aware of the environment. Lacking details typically gained through visual information, gives a sense of loss of control when making choices that may affect personal safety. It’s the seemingly […] Read More »

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It’s A Jungle Out There: Navigating Summer Sidewalks with Vision Loss

August 15, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Doug Anzlovar, Guest Blogger

From rural communities to bustling cities, pedestrians who are visually impaired or blind often contend with a variety of obstacles as they move through their environment.  Good weather tends to not only bring out the flowers and birds but also shrubbery that over extends onto sidewalks, tree branches that hang down overhead, sprinklers watering everything […] Read More »

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Getting a Grip: Thoughts on Using a Human Guide

June 24, 2013 | 3 Comments

by George Abbott, Guest Blogger

Considerations for Your Guide Many of us who travel with a long white cane or dog guide may choose to benefit from the services of a human guide from time to time. Noisy, crowded unfamiliar areas, such as an airport or major train station, a buffet line, or construction site, to name a few. While […] Read More »

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