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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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  • National Reading Month: Reading with Visual Impairment, Part II
    by Priscilla Rogers on 3/24/2015

    by Steven Kelley, CVRT, VisionAware Contributor Continuing our discussion of reading options, let’s look at some of the reading alternatives available today. Lighting If you have low vision, lighting is a critical component of reading. VisionAware has lots of information on this topic, including a video series entitled

  • National Reading Month: Reading with a Visual Impairment Part I
    by Priscilla Rogers on 3/20/2015

    by Steve Kelley, CVRT, VisionAware Contributor The month of March is designated National Reading Month, making it the perfect opportunity to highlight the expanding options for readers with a vision impairment. As a vision rehabilitation therapist, one of the most common complaints clients experiencing a vision loss report to me is that they are no longer able to read the newspaper,

  • 91-year-old Inventor with Visual Impairment Designs for Her Generation
    by Mary D'Apice on 3/17/2015

    91-year-old Barbara Beskind is the toast of Silicon Valley as well the toast of the media, with interviews on National Public Radio and the Today Show. In the high tech industry where youth reigns, Beskind has a coveted job as a designer at IDEO, a world-renowned consulting firm perhaps most famous for designing the first Apple mouse. Beskind is living her dream, though it was a dream deferred. As a resourceful 8-year-old during the Depression, Beskind built a

"Visually Impaired: Now What?"

Formerly known as the "Peer Perspectives Blog," we have renamed the blog to reflect the purpose more accurately. The posts are written by our team of peer advisors, many of whom are professionals in the field who are blind or visually impaired. The blog features solutions for living with visual impairment resulting from eye conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and retinitis pigmentosa. It includes posts about living independently, getting around, low vision, technology, cooking, and helpful products.

  • I Finally Got an iPhone!
    by Empish J. Thomas on 3/26/2015

    I Got an iPhone About two years ago I wrote a post for VisionAware on why I don't use an iPhone. In the post, I vividly described how I was totally unconcerned about the fancy bells and whistles of this growing technology. I shared how an old fashion flip phone suited me just fine. I explained how I was uninterested in downloading books, reading my stock portfolio, or listening to music on my phone; how I just wanted to make a simple phone call and hang up. Well, this past December I turned over a new leaf and purchased an iPhone.

  • Attending the Big 12 Basketball Tournament March 2015
    by Priscilla Rogers on 3/23/2015

    by guest blogger Judy Scott, Director, AFB Center on Vision Loss As a person who is blind and enjoys basketball immensely, I must share with you one of the most fun and exciting activities I participated in a few days ago. Does the term "March Madness" sound familiar? It begins with basketball tournaments for each of the NCAA conferences throughout the country and culminates with the "Final 4 Tournament” then the “championship” game. Opportunity to Attend Women's "Big

  • Reevaluating the Best Way to Do My Shopping as a Person Who Is Blind
    by Priscilla Rogers on 3/19/2015

    By guest blogger Chelsea Munoz I have been blind since birth, and I currently live in San Antonio, TX. My goal is to become as independent as possible. I am constantly looking to learn new things. I enjoy writing and getting feedback. I enjoy rock climbing, horseback riding, and anything that allows me to push myself to greater heights, build my confidence, and have a great time! To me, variety truly is the spice of life! Grocery Shopping, a Huge Challenge A huge challenge that people who are blind face is going to the grocery store independently. There are things that make blind people’s shopping adventures more of an inconvenience than they would be for sighted people. There are also things that could make shopping experiences for people who are

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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