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For those recently diagnosed with vision loss and their families, VisionAware's blogs cover peer perspectives and responses to vision loss, daily living techniques and helpful products, breaking news on eye conditions and treatments, new resources and organizations, and more.

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  • Sorting Things Out in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
    by Priscilla Rogers on 3/3/2015

    Editor's note: March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. We have asked Dr. Greg Goodrich, recently retired from the Veterans Administration, to kick off the month with a post about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and its implications in the civilian world. By Gregory L. Goodrich, Ph.D., Vision Rehabilitation Research Consultant. TBI Can Be Challenging Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, of whatever severity, can be challenging to patients, their caregivers, and clinicians. Seek Immediate

  • The White House Conference on Aging Offers Great Opportunity for Input Regarding Older Americans with Visual Impairment
    by Rebecca Sheffield on 2/23/2015

    By Rebecca Sheffield, Ph.D, Senior Policy Researcher, AFB and Alberta Orr, MSW, gerontologist and faculty, Hunter College. The 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) will mark the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security. The White House Conference on Aging has been held once a decade, beginning in 1961, and is designed to help chart the course of aging policy. The 2015 WHCOA is an opportunity to look ahead to the issues that will help shape the landscape for older Americans for the next decade. Key issues to be the focus of the Conference are: Retirement

  • Be My Eyes App Let’s You Help People Who Are Visually Impaired Using Your iPhone
    by Priscilla Rogers on 2/17/2015

    By John Henahan, O.D. I Love Being an Eye Doctor I love being an eye doctor! Helping people experience the richness of life by giving them the best possible vision brings me a strong sense of satisfaction and purpose. But sometimes, people lose vision despite our best efforts. Sometimes, people are born with blindness or serious vision impairment. As eye doctors, we have a variety of special tools available to us to help those with vision impairment, but sometimes there is no substitute for a pair of eyes to see something. That is one reason why people who are blind and visually impaired have flocked to smartphones, especially Apple’s iPhone. By initiating a

Peer Perspectives on Living with Vision Loss

VisionAware's peer advisors share their suggestions on living with visual impairment resulting from eye conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. Find out about living independently, getting around, low vision, cooking, and helpful products.

  • Reading My Own Phone Bills Empowers Me as a Person Who Is Blind
    by Mary Hiland on 3/4/2015

    Editor's note: This week the 30th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference is underway. We will be hearing much more about it from AFB staff who are attending as they report on the latest and greatest technology coming down the pike. To get us started, Mary Hiland reports on how the invention of a flatbed scanner and optical character recognition in 1975 by Ray Kurzweil has transformed lives and continues to do so, in many different and exciting ways! Being in Control of My Personal Business Who would ever think that being able to read my

  • My Medication Education and Self Advocacy
    by Empish J. Thomas on 2/27/2015

    New Customer at Walgreens At the beginning of the year two medical things changed for me: my insurance switched and I started taking a new medication. On the surface both events were not traumatic or life-shattering just life adjustments that needed to be made. Changing my insurance and taking a new medication both required me to switch my pharmacy. I had originally purchased my medications at my local grocery store pharmacy but since they were not a national chain my insurance would not accept them as a provider. When I called my insurance company they gave me a list of pharmacies in my neighborhood and Walgreens was on the list. So I decided to make that my pharmacy from now on.

  • How I Keep My Hands on My Money
    by Mary Hiland on 2/25/2015

    Editor's note: With tax season upon us, the filing deadline of April 15 is not so far away so the topic of this post takes on even more meaning. Identifying Printed paper Money As a person who is blind, I’m often asked, “How do you know that’s a five-dollar bill?” It’s a good question, because in this country, all our bills feel the same. You can feel the difference between a quarter and a nickle, a dime and a penny, but it is impossible to detect the difference between a one-dollar bill and a one-hundred-dollar bill. There are 180 other countries

Other Blogs From the American Foundation for the Blind

AFB Blog

The American Foundation for the Blind is a national organization expanding possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB experts can be found on Capitol Hill ensuring children have the educational materials they need to learn; in board rooms working with technology companies to ensure that their products are fully accessible; and at conferences ensuring professionals who work with people with vision loss have access to the latest research and information. Through our online resources and information center we communicate directly with people experiencing vision loss, and their families, to give them the resources they need to maintain an independent lifestyle. Follow AFB's blog to learn more about our activities.

CareerConnect Blog

AFB CareerConnect® is an employment information resource developed by the American Foundation for the Blind for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired. The CareerConnect Blog focuses on employment issues for people who are blind or visually impaired, as well as sharing stories from mentors and other blind people who have found career success.

FamilyConnect: A Parent's Voice

Featuring Susan LaVenture, NAPVI president, this blog is for you—parents of children with visual impairments. Susan talks about what it's like to be a parent, how to advocate for your child, what new resources she's found, and much more. FamilyConnect also periodically invites experts in all different aspects of raising a visually impaired child to make themselves available to answer your questions.

Raising a Child Who is Blind and...

I am the mother of three and my middle child, Eddie, is officially the "Special Needs Child." Here is my blog to share the joy and pain of having such a unique child.

Raising James: Multiply Disabled, Low-Vision, Adorable

My name is Anne and this is my blog. I am a mother of elementary-age boy-girl twins and wife to Daniel. The main reason I am writing this blog is that my son is legally blind, in addition to having other disabilities, and I want other parents and members of NAPVI and FamilyConnect to know they're not alone.

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