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New Research: Combat-Related Blast Exposure Can Result in Prolonged Retinal Injury, Even in the Absence of Detectable Brain Changes

According to VisionAware's Gregory L. Goodrich, Ph.D., writing about combat-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its effect on vision: "... It can be argued that … it took the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to highlight the fact that head injury often leads to visual loss and/or visual dysfunctions. These wars have resulted in over 253,000 traumatic brain injuries (TBI). How many of these TBIs resulted in vision loss or dysfunction is not known." "Kevin Fricke has estimated that


Understanding Our Shifting Health Insurance Landscape – and What It Means for People with Vision Loss

Rebecca Sheffield, Ph.D. Guest blogger Rebecca Sheffield, Ph.D., is the Senior Policy Researcher with the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. The AFB Public Policy Center collaborates with policy makers in Congress and the Executive Branch to ensure that Americans with vision loss have equal rights and opportunities to fully participate in society. She also is the author of two important and helpful Public Policy Center publications:


On Veterans Day: VisionAware Thanks Our Veterans and Provides Critical Information and Veteran-Specific Resources

Master Sergeant Jeffrey Mittman According to the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), there are 165,000 blind or visually impaired veterans in the United States. BVA data also indicates that some 7,000 veterans become newly blind or visually impaired each year, due to age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma,


Veterans Day: A Perfect Time to Review Your Benefits for Eye Health and Rehabilitation Services

Editor's note: The information in this post has been updated in this article, Veterans Health Administration Services for the Blind or Visually Impaired. For more in-depth information and available services for veterans who are blind or visually impaired, check out the Information for Veterans Coping with Vision Loss section on VisionAware. With Veterans Day on the horizon, we thought it would be timely to highlight the


Meet Dr. Gregory Goodrich, Chair of the Upcoming Conference on Vision Loss in Older Adults and Veterans

Dr. Gregory Goodrich received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in 1974 from Washington State University, when he also began his career with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He retired in 2014 after having served as supervisory research psychologist assigned to the Western


Sorting Things Out in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

By Gregory L. Goodrich, Ph.D., Vision Rehabilitation Research Consultant. 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. TBI Can Be Challenging Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, of whatever severity, can be challenging to patients, their caregivers, and clinicians. Seek Immediate


Guest Blogger Jeremiah Taylor Reviews Descriptive Audio Narration for "Unbroken"

Guest blogger Jeremiah Taylor is a dynamic sales professional, motivational speaker, and serious movie buff. Life has not always been easy for Jeremiah, however. In 1999, he became suddenly and totally blind as a result of complications during routine back surgery. You can read more about Jeremiah's (and his wife Jo-Ann's) long, steady journey – from sudden blindness through rehabilitation to full employment – at the VisionAware website. "Going to the movies," Jeremiah says, "is not just the movie! It's a night out with friends and family,


On Veterans Day: Six Weeks at a Veterans Administration Blind Rehabilitation Center

Veteran William (Bill) McGee and his wife Sandra are the owners of BMC Publications. One of their many excellent publications is Learning to Cope with Sight Loss: Six Weeks at a VA Blind Rehabilitation Center, an illustrated 36-page booklet with a companion audio CD. About Six Weeks Six Weeks provides an informative personal account of Bill's experiences when, after receiving a diagnosis of age-related macular degeneration, he made the decision to


A New Independent Living Series from Hadley School for the Blind

As our readers know, I have great admiration for the ongoing – and important – educational commitment of The Hadley School for the Blind. The mission of Hadley is to promote independent living through lifelong distance education programs for people who are blind or visually impaired, their families, and blindness service providers. A New "Mini-Course" Independent Living Series from Hadley Hadley's new Independent Living series takes a mini-course approach, allowing students to focus on a specific aspect of independent living, based on individual needs and interests. The


My Excellent Experience as a Hadley School for the Blind "Ambassador"

On May 13 and 14, it was my privilege to attend the Hadley Ambassador Training Program at Hadley School for the Blind in Winnetka, Illinois. The mission of Hadley is to promote independent living through lifelong distance education programs for people who are blind or visually impaired, their families, and blindness service providers. About Hadley School for the Blind Mr. William A. Hadley (at left) was a college and high school educator and


Memorial Day 2013: British Blind Veterans Host Their American Blind Comrades in London

From May 19-26, 2013, six blind veterans of the United States Armed Forces, who have become role models for others living with vision loss, are visiting their counterparts in the United Kingdom, via an innovative exchange program for blind and visually impaired American and British veterans. The event is taking place under the auspices of Project Gemini, a joint exchange program initiated by Blind Veterans UK of London, England and the Blinded Veterans Association of Washington, DC. The project is named after "Gemini," a transatlantic communications cable that links the United Kingdom and the United States. About


There's Nothing More that Can be Done, You Say? Not True, We Say!

Filmmaker and advocate Joe Lovett is the producer/director of Going Blind: Coming out of the Dark about Vision Loss, a documentary film created to increase public awareness of blindness, vision loss, and the vision rehabilitation system. Going Blind is also Joe's personal story of his ongoing struggle with glaucoma and his sometimes-difficult journey through the "secret world," as he calls it, of vision


A Follow-Up Interview with Master Sgt. and Blind Army Veteran Jeffrey Mittman: Part 2

Meet Master Sgt. and Army Veteran Jeffrey Mittman United States Army veteran Master Sgt. Jeffrey Mittman was wounded by a roadside bomb on July 7, 2005 in Baghdad, Iraq. In that attack, his left eye was destroyed, his right arm was badly damaged, and he lost his nose, his lips, and most of his teeth. "My left eye was destroyed, my right eye had permanent scarring, and I had just a little peripheral vision remaining. My first concern was how I was going to recover and take care of my family," he said, since he could no longer lead soldiers in combat.


A Follow-Up Interview with Master Sgt. and Blind Army Veteran Jeffrey Mittman: Part 1

Meet Master Sgt. and Army Veteran Jeffrey Mittman United States Army veteran Master Sgt. Jeffrey Mittman was wounded by a roadside bomb on July 7, 2005 in Baghdad, Iraq. In that attack, his left eye was destroyed, his right arm was badly damaged, and he lost his nose, his lips, and most of his teeth. "My left eye was destroyed, my right eye had permanent scarring, and I had just a little peripheral vision remaining. My first concern was how I was going to recover and take care of my family," he said, since he could no longer lead soldiers in combat.


The Blinded Veterans Initiative at the Hadley School for the Blind

The goal of the Blinded Veterans Initiative at The Hadley School for the Blind is to educate and inspire blind or visually impaired veterans to pursue their personal and professional goals and help support their families. This innovative veteran outreach program is tuition-free for all blind and visually impaired veterans and their family members. About the Hadley Blinded Veterans Initiative Veterans can enroll in any of 100+ Hadley distance education courses. Core subjects emphasized through this new initiative include business and


An Internet Community for Blind Veterans at the Serotek Corporation

The Serotek Corporation is dedicated to "accessibility anywhere" for blind and visually impaired people around the globe. Serotek is led by a staff of "blind visionaries" who are dedicated to expanding an accessible digital lifestyle through innovative, affordable, and easy-to-use products that are based upon universal design principles. About Serotek's SAMNet SAMNet (System Access Mobile Network) is Serotek's Internet community that provides access to email, news, described video service, digital talking book players, blogs, personal web sites, and many other


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