Holiday News: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Gifts and More Gifts for the Holidays

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Listed below are several gift ideas available on VisionAware:

The Gifts of Relationships and Time

Maribel Steel shares a poignant story about her relationship with her small son and Mary Hiland offer ideas for fun with grandkids and other family members.

Highlights of Peer Advisor Offerings

Some wonderful posts are coming your way later this month on the holiday theme. Keep checking our holiday topic section for posts such as Angela Winfield's tips for keeping your spirits up during the holidays. You might also enjoy Lynda Jones' newest post to our Laughter Series, Holiday Cooking Moments.

Leann Gibson, chef and our new Cooking with Confidence correspondent, has developed a new theme, A Peer Guide to Cooking Safely with Visual Impairment. To initiate the theme, she has gathered quotes from several peer advisors on their experiences with cooking, and a compilation of peer advisor holiday recipes, coming next week. As a special bonus, Leann has shared her dark chocolate chip cookie recipe. Don’t miss it!

We will be adding to the series with Cooking with Confidence blog posts. Check this new blog topic for Empish’s post on accessible kitchen aids.

Audrey Demmitt, support group advisor, recently revamped our Support Group Section. It includes an article about Shared Visions, our December support group. The support group section of the AFB Directory of Services has also been updated to make it easier to find local groups throughout the country.

International Correspondent, Maribel Steel, selected the Visual Impairment Charitable Trust Aotearoa (VICTA) in New Zealand as our December International agency. Co-founder Dr. Lynley Hood (also a VisionAware peer advisor) introduces us to the innovative work being carried out by VICTA.

In November, VisionAware peers, with the guidance of Mary Hiland, initiated a new series on caregiving and the sandwich generation. We will be adding to this series throughout the year.

From the Desk of Maureen Duffy

It’s the time of year to reflect on some the positive advances in eye research and low vision care. Although there is not yet a cure on the horizon, we would like to acknowledge and thank the professionals who have devoted their careers to eye and vision research.

Medical Advances That Have the Potential of Changing the Lives of People Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired:

Critical Low Vision Issues:

Research Related to Developing Innovative Approaches to Vision Rehabilitation:

To find more of this type of information browse by topics such as low vision and clinical trials.

Finally, as we approach the end of the year the VisionAware Team wants to wish you the happiest of holidays and all best wishes for a 2015 filled with laughter, joy, and peace.

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