Archive: July 2019

Simple with Siri: Making an iPhone Accessible Regardless of Tech Know-How

July 2, 2019 | 4 Comments

by Cody Froeter, CVRT

With technology’s ever-progressing advancement, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed when considering a new smartphone. Smartphones, particularly iPhones, are impressive devices that can perform a plethora of tasks and settings out of the box. With accessibility features and apps, there are even more options available to users.   Start with the Basics The beauty […] Read More »

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Rosemary standing with her Seeing Eye dog, Clyde next to her artwork, Underwater Cave.

The Power of Art

May 1, 2019 | 1 Comment

by Rosemary Fortney

  Born an Artist Drawing and being an artist was always in my genetic makeup. It has developed through years of art exploration and fine arts studies at Mt. Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Cardinal Stritch College in Fox Point. Art to me is the warmest, most fulfilling experience of my life.  Sharing something […] Read More »

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The Importance of Trust

April 15, 2019 | 2 Comments

by Andrea O'Donnell

  Meeting My Girl I will never forget the day I met my first guide dog, a beautiful black Labrador retriever named Fiona. It was around 1:00 in the afternoon, and I was patiently waiting in my room at Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) in San Raphael, California. I could hear the sounds of […] Read More »

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Meet John:  Advice for Those Starting a Career

November 15, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by John Erickson

  John Erickson, a long-time successful career professional, has also been living with vision loss since childhood. We asked John to share with us how he faced the skepticism of others and rose to meet these challenges. Here’s John’s story and advice to those who are embarking on new careers. My name is John Erickson, […] Read More »

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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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Being Mindful of the Matter: Coping with Recent Vision Loss

July 2, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by Cody Froeter, CVRT

  As a certified vision rehabilitation therapist, I have worked with many clients who have experienced recent vision loss.  This has allowed me to witness the various ways clients cope.  When I reflect on the strategies that have been most successful, one common thread appears.  Maintaining mindfulness, or staying focused on the present, is an […] 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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Food Delivery Apps: The New Way to Get Food to Your Front Door

October 15, 2017 | 2 Comments

by David Flament

  How Times Have Changed! Long gone are the days of calling a restaurant and being put on hold to place your order and then giving your credit card info to some kid you have never met. Today, food delivery apps make it possible to get pretty much anything you’re craving, anytime, anywhere. After a […] Read More »

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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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