Happy New Year from VisionAware

Posted 1/29/2014

Breaking News

Reminder—we need your support to get H.R. 3749 (a bill which would establish a 5-year Medicare demonstration project to cover video magnifiers and other low vision devices) passed. Please contact your members of the U.S. House of Representatives and urge them to co-sponsor H.R. 3749!

Read more about the Medicare Demo to Cover Video Magnifiers and Other Aids as well as our coverage on the VisionAware blog.

New Year's Resolutions from the Peer Advisors

Angela Winfield tells us to “Rock Your Resolution for 2014" and Empish Thomas shares her exercise strategy.

Glaucoma Awareness Month

Peer Advisor Steph McCoy has written about her personal journey with glaucoma and Maureen Duffy has blogged about an interesting piece of research on glaucoma progression and sleep position.

Note: you can find all of Maureen's posts relating to glaucoma through VisionAware's topic search function.

January Featured Support Group

The Greene County Support Group in Arkansas is led by Margaret Johnson. Read more about what this group is doing under Margaret’s dynamic direction.

New Features

The Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Recruitment Committee of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) is sharing monthly announcements about topics of special interest to our readers. The announcements are written by VisionAware contributor, Steve Kelley, Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT). Here are the links to the committee's January announcements:
Glaucoma Awareness Month
Braille Literacy Awareness Month
Note: Braille Literacy Awareness Month has also been spotlighted by Maureen Duffy.

VisionAware Blog Teaser

Can Gene Therapy Provide a Cure for Retinal Disease? An Early-Stage Clinical Trial Says "Maybe"

Valentine's Day Is Just Around the Corner

Here are some gift ideas for people with vision loss:

  • send a free, accessible Helen Keller eCard with photos and quotes from our archive,
  • shop the Chicago Lighthouse Tools for Living Store for accessible products,
  • find out about wine with braille labels,
  • select beauty products and fragrances with braille labels from L'OCCITANE,
  • purchase braille gift cards from Starbucks.

Donate to VisionAware

What could be more loving than giving the gift of independence? For your donation of $30 or more made by Valentine's Day (February 14, 2014), we will mail you a large-print VisionAware™ Getting Started kit.

Note to VisionAware Readers: If you haven't signed up for alerts, please create a user profile. If already registered, please update your profile. We are doing away with the monthly alert option and changing to a choice of daily or weekly. If you signed up for monthly, you will now receive your alerts weekly. If you prefer a different option, please sign back into your profile and make the change. If you update your profile, you can sign up to get a free large print Readers Digest Calendar for 2014. This is a limited time offer.

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