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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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  • Diabetes and Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month
    by Steve Kelley on 11/13/2018

    Did you know that the leading causes of blindness among working age adults, may also be one of the most preventable eye diseases? November is Diabetes and Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Diabetic Retinopathy, one of the eye diseases associated with diabetes, is the leading cause of blindness among working age adults, according to the National Eye Institute (NEI). In fact, NEI also reports that between 40%-45% of individuals with diabetes have some stage of diabetic retinopathy, yet only half that number are aware of it! During a

  • World Sight Day: Learn More About "Avoidable Blindness" and Schedule a Comprehensive Eye Examination
    by Priscilla Rogers on 10/3/2018

    World Sight Day is an international "day of awareness," coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). The purpose of World Site Day is to focus attention on the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment. It is held each year on the second Thursday of October. This year, World Sight Day will be held on October 11, 2018, with the theme of Eye Care Everywhere. Important Messages on World Sight Day These are the key international messages for World Sight Day: Approximately 285

  • Assistive Technology Essentials- How to Find the Gadgets and Figure Them Out
    by Steve Kelley on 7/30/2018

    There Is Something You Can Do If you grew up with vision loss, or any disability really, there's a good chance you are already familiar with some of the resources you need to find assistive technology (AT). Assistive technology includes products, devices, or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that are used to maintain, increase, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Those who learned about AT at a younger age probably received some training on it early on. Many of the clients I work with as 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.

  • The Benefits of White Cane Day
    by Lenore Dillon on 10/18/2018

    Many communities have a special event on October 15th, to promote the white cane, and to honor its users. Events may range from an exhibit table in a mall, to blocking off streets and marching through the city. In either case, the goal is twofold: First, to let drivers and pedestrians know what the white cane means. Secondly, to let the public know that people who have a vision loss are productive citizens. Alabama's Celebration of White Cane Day

  • White Cane Day Highlights the Importance of White Cane Training
    by Audrey Demmitt on 10/12/2018

    Where Can I Get White Cane Training? Many people with vision loss are not aware of their need to learn safe travel skills. When they finally realize they are no longer moving around safely and look for training to use a white cane, they often experience long waits for services. Sometimes they are even told there is no such training available in their area due to budget cuts and a shortage of professionals who teach cane skills. In honor of White Cane Safety Day on October 15, VisionAware is highlighting the Leader Dog Orientation and

  • The Impact of Transportation Access on Health and Wellness
    by Empish J. Thomas on 8/22/2018

    by Empish Thomas Medical Doctor Moves Away A few weeks ago I got some disappointing news from my neurologist. I was told that she was leaving the medical center she practiced at and moving across town. I was deeply saddened and in shock. I really enjoyed the rapport I had with this doctor. She understood my medical needs and was sensitive to my visual impairment and transportation challenges. Now, I would have to start all over again looking for a new neurologist closer to home. This situation and similar ones were discussed at a conference I attended this summer called Rides to Wellness. It was an all-day


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

This blog is for you—parents of children with visual impairments. We talk about what it's like to be a parent, how to advocate for your child, what new resources we've 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.


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