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For those recently diagnosed with vision loss and their families, VisionAware's blogs cover personal 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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  • October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
    by Pris Rogers on 10/24/2019

    National Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an annual designation observed in October. The first National Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed in 1987; in 1989 Congress passed Public Law 101-112, officially designating October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Statistics The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) estimates that 10 million U.S. men and women experience domestic violence each year. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the

  • White Cane Safety Day October 15
    by Pris Rogers on 10/14/2019

    October 15 is White Cane Safety Day. White Cane Safety Day is observed annually to recognize the achievements of people who are blind or visually and as a tool promoting independent travel. White Cane Safety Day was first officially observed in 1964 when President Lyndon Johnson first proclaimed the day. Many people believe each state's White Cane Law contains a provision that requires drivers to stop for, and/or yield to, pedestrians who are carrying white canes. This is not correct. The laws in each state vary widely and drivers do not always reliably stop for pedestrians who carry white canes. Read more about the laws in Maureen

  • 5 Lessons from a Blind Pioneer: Fanny Crosby's Story
    by Beckie Horter on 8/12/2019

    While you are probably familiar with Helen Keller and some of her achievements, do you know about Fanny Crosby? Fanny, whose formal name was Frances Jane van Alstyne (nee Crosby), preceded Helen Keller by about 60 years, living between 1820 and 1915. Like Helen, Fanny was well-known during her lifetime. Similarly, she left a lasting legacy worth remembering. Both women were blind pioneers with much to teach us. By looking back, we can gain inspiration and insights from Fanny, who proved to be a powerful and positive role model. In retrospect, we can see five aspects that contributed to


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.

  • Voices of the Talking Book Program
    by Lynda Jones on 10/24/2019

    Excerpt from the Novel The Help I put the manuscript down on the table with a thump… I brought it over to show to Aibileen and Minny one last time before I mail it… "Now we just…wait and see," I say. "What if they find out?" Aibileen says quietly. "What if folks find out it is Jackson or figure out who' who." "They ain't gon' know," Minny says. "Jackson ain't no special place. They's ten thousand towns juz like it." Who Are the Readers Who Bring Books to Life? The voice of Jill Fox, Talking Book (TB) narrator in Louisville, Kentucky, fills the room with these lines from the classic novel The Help. With the slightest change in accent, rhythm, pace, tone, and attitude Jill Fox brings alive the three main characters

  • Guide Dog Training: One Skill at a Time
    by Maribel Steel on 8/22/2019

    Photo by Maribel Steel Editors note: In celebration of National Dog Day August 26th, peer advisor Maribel Steel shares her experience of being paired up to a new guide dog in Australia. Decision Time For almost a decade, Ive been using a white cane as my mobility aid. After my first guide dog went to the great kennel in the sky, I wasnt ready to train with another guide dog. It seemed easier to continue my independent travel with a cane. Yet my sight continued to fade and it became obvious that where once I felt confident on my own on a busy street, I was beginning to falter and to

  • ADA at 29: Websites and Apps Still Not Fully Accessible
    by Empish J. Thomas on 7/25/2019

    When the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed 29 years ago, the internet as we know it today and smartphone apps were not in existence. Fast forward to today and doing a Google search and downloading an app are as normal as drinking a cup of hot coffee in the morning. The majority of us, both sighted and blind, are constantly online searching, reading, and uploading information in order to work, live, and play. Smartphone apps make this even easier. Having access to technology has become extremely important, yet those of us with vision loss still struggle with accessible websites and apps. The ADA has assisted and many


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