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What Has Your Vision Loss Done to Your Overall Health?

November 15, 2019 | Leave a Comment

by Polly Abbott, CVRT

It’s easy to get caught up in a daily habit of making many small choices that seem harmless at the time. But, these can end up creating a giant snowball of health-related issues. I am not a nutritionist or health professional. However, over the past 20 years of working with people with vision loss, I […] Read More »

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Why I Love Being a Visually Impaired Person

October 15, 2019 | 3 Comments

by Amber Miller, Guest Blogger

  There are plenty of challenges that come with blindness. Cats lounging on camoflaging area rugs. Eye contact. Stairs…bedeviled stairs. There are, however, some unexpected perks. It sounds cool. The acronym VIP makes me feel important. ‘Nuff said. Fewer distractions. When performing a reiki session, intuitive reading, or even getting to know someone on a […] Read More »

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Live Visual Assistance: Comparing BeMyEyes and Aira

May 23, 2019 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament

Sometimes, you just need to borrow a pair of eyes! Today, that personal visual assistance has become a reality with two apps, BeMyEyes and Aira. With the improvements in cameras on smart phones, a live person is ready and willing to assist. Aira and BeMyEyes are two apps that connect you to a person who […] 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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Get Up, Get Moving and Have Some Fun!

January 1, 2019 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

We’ve all been told how important exercise is for our health, again and again. But when we lose vision, movement starts to become more difficult.  Perhaps it is our own fear of hurting ourselves. Maybe it is the people around us who fear for our safety and startle us with “watch outs” or “be carefuls.” […] Read More »

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Turning Points: Letting Go and Moving On

August 1, 2018 | 2 Comments

by Kathy Austin, CVA

These monitors show the difference between magnification set at 6X and the other at 12X.  Imagine using the higher setting several years back when monitors were half as wide!   David Flament, our Manager of Assistive Technology at Second Sense, tells his clients that when they need to use a 6x magnification with ZoomText on […] Read More »

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Genetic Testing: Is It Right for You?

May 15, 2018 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

  Research in preventing vision loss and restoring vision due to inherited retinal disease (IRDs) has been advancing at an amazing pace. News of ground breaking new treatments was recently featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes program on April 29. For those of you with retinitis pigmentosa, stargardt, usher’s syndrome and other inherited retinal diseases, it […] Read More »

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Making Us Tick: Volunteers Who Make it Happen

April 2, 2018 | 3 Comments

by Kathy Austin, CVA

Second Sense is a small organization – we are a staff of eight people, but each year we serve over 500 individuals with vision loss. How do we do it? One huge reason is the generous gift of time and effort from our dedicated volunteers. As we celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Week this April, we’d […] Read More »

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Service Enterprise: Matching Volunteers’ Skill to Clients’ Needs

February 21, 2017 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin, CVA

  Volunteers Have Always Been an Important Part of Our Second Sense Family. Volunteers have been readers, tutors and administrative support. But with shrinking resources for nonprofits and the expanded roles we have been asked to play, it is increasingly necessary to find new ways to provide the services our clients need. How do we […] Read More »

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Windows 10: Should I Upgrade?

November 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment

by David Flament, Manager of Adaptive Technology Services

I have been receiving a good many calls about whether to upgrade to Microsoft’s July 29th release of Windows 10. Windows 10 is a free upgrade from Windows 7, 8, and 8.1. The upgrade will remain free for 1 year, until July 29, 2016. If you wait to upgrade until after that date, you may […] Read More »

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