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Celebrate National Library Week with a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist

Get Ready to Read This Month at Your Local Library The week of April 8 through 14, 2018, is both National Library Week and Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Awareness Week. This is the perfect time to team up with the local library and a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT) to learn more about reading with vision loss. For some, particularly those with recent vision loss, the idea of reading and returning to the library may seem like a lost pleasure or an unattainable goal. The most common goal I hear from clients is


A Quick Look at the New Victor Reader Trek

March is National Reading Month and what a great reason to take a look at one of the true standard devices for accessible reading, the Victor Reader Stream. Humanware’s Victor Reader product line has been around for some time and has truly mastered the art of providing accessible book reading. Victor Stream TrekLatest in the Line of Victor Streams The latest in their line of Streams has added GPS and changed the name to reflect it, the new reader with GPS is called the Victor ReaderTrek. <img


Step Three to Regain a Creative Life After Vision Loss: Learn to Use Low Vision Devices and Equipment

Editor's note: In Lynda Lambert's first post in this series, she discussed the importance of getting immediate eye medical attention and learning about low vision services. In this post, she details the types of vision rehabilitation services she received. Step Three to Regain a Creative Life After Vision Loss: Learn to Use Low Vision Devices and Equipment By Lynda Lambert Because I was interested in continuing to work, I qualified for the


Steps I Have Taken to Regain a Creative Life After Experiencing Vision Loss with Low Vision Technologies

Editor's note: February is Low Vision Awareness Month. Peer Advisor Lynda Lambert talks about her experience with vision loss and getting her life back together by seeking immediate professional help and obtaining the necessary low vision services. In this three-part series, she outlines critical steps you should take if you are experiencing vision loss. My Experience with Vision Loss By Lynda Lambert <img src="http://www.afb.org/image.ashx?ImageID=8228" width="250px" alt="Lynda sitting at a desk with books"


What the Oscars Can Learn from VisionAware About Print Legibility and Effective Lighting for Reading

As many news outlets have reported by now, actors Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the incorrect Best Picture winner at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony on February 26, 2017. Mr. Beatty opened the envelope and Ms. Dunaway read the winning picture as La La Land instead of Moonlight, the actual winner. How did this happen? Many explanations have been advanced, including human error by a tweeting and distracted Brian Cullinan, the PricewaterhouseCoopers accountant who handed the incorrect envelope to Warren Beatty backstage. Another possibility, however, is that the envelope – which was redesigned this year – was difficult to read, due


Notes on Blindness: A Remarkable Film About Professor John Hull's Experience of Blindness Receives Strong Reviews

"Vision, in ordinary circumstances, is seamless and gives no indication of the underlying processes on which it depends. It has to be decomposed, experimentally or in neurological disorders, to show the elements that compose it." ~Oliver Sacks, M.D., In the River of Consciousness Touching the Rock: An Experience of Blindness Touching the Rock: An Experience of Blindness, first published in 1990, is the


Our Readers Want to Know: Can I Continue Gardening with Vision Loss?

Editor's note: One of the many benefits associated with an online information center and website, such as VisionAware, is the ability to hear from our readers and implement their suggestions for keeping VisionAware relevant, timely, and useful. Most recently, our reader interactions have included several inquiries about hobbies or recreational activities for adults and older adults with vision loss: I would like to help a social director in an independent living facility find activities that are appropriate for


Announcing the National Federation of the Blind 2015 Annual Writing Contest

As a sister/fellow writer, I was delighted to receive the following update from author Donna W. Hill about the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) 2015 Annual Writing Contest. Donna is a writer, disability advocate, blogger, speaker, songwriter, and author of the young adult adventure-mystery novel The Heart of Applebutter Hill (pictured at left). You can read more about Applebutter Hill, which depicts the adventures, setbacks, challenges, and successes of 14-year-old legally blind heroine Abigail and her guide dog Curly


Guest Blogger Jeremiah Taylor Reviews Descriptive Audio Narration for "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Guest blogger Jeremiah Taylor (pictured at left with his wife Jo-Ann) is the founder and CEO of ProActive Sales, Inc., a full-service sales management company. In 1999, Jeremiah became suddenly and totally blind as a result of complications during routine back surgery. You can read more about Jeremiah's (and Jo-Ann's) long, steady, and inspirational journey – from sudden blindness through rehabilitation to full employment – at the VisionAware website. In addition to his talents as a dynamic sales professional and motivational speaker,


The International Disability Film Festival Wants to Hear from Blind Film Lovers

The San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind and Visualy Impaired and the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University are the new co-hosts of Superfest, the world's longest-running disability film festival. This year's Superfest, to be held on October 12, 2013, at 3543 18th Street, San Francisco, California, will "…take a powerful look backward to explore the worst of the worst in the film representation of disability. We'll feature many telling examples of how far we've come, and we'll highlight the worst of the


A New "Meditative Gardening" Course from the 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 Meditative Gardening Course from Hadley This week, I received information from Hadley about a new course offering that is timely, innovative, and dear to my heart: sensory gardening. Here is more information about the course, via a Hadley


Meet Alice Lynch: Artist and Designer from Braille Design: Custom Braille Jewelry

It gives me immense pleasure to introduce you to the work of the talented artist and designer Alice Woodside Lynch, who hails from Jonesboro, Arkansas. Alice describes herself as "Navy veteran, cat lover, comics reader, textile artist, jewelry designer, braille enthusiast, and champion of the downtrodden." She is the proprietor of, and creative force behind, Braille Design: Custom Braille Jewelry and Gifts and Brailletshirts.com: Custom-Made Braille T-Shirts. Initially, I met "Alice the cat lover" via Twitter


In Memoriam: Professor Whitestick

I have always been an avid follower of blind bloggers – and of arts bloggers who are blind, in particular. My favorite has always been Professor Whitestick, whom I featured in a VisionAware Blogroll Love post last year: Professor Whitestick's Blog Professor Whitestick is the voice (and considerable intellect) that informs the deeply felt cultural and artistic observations on Professor Whitestick's Blog. The Professor describes himself and his reasons for


A Contest for Blind (and Sighted) Photographers from OIC Books

OIC ("Oh, I see") Books, based in Carmel, California, is sponsoring Blind Sight, an online photography competition that is open to blind, visually impaired, and sighted photographers. The competition will close on March 15, 2013. OIC Books "seeks to redefine the book from a primarily visual experience accessed through print on a page to a hand-crafted, multi-sensory experience that builds a wider view of the world." OIC books are published as enhanced ebooks, standard ebooks, and in print. How the Contest Began: Inspiration from Blind


A New Production from Theater Breaking Through Barriers

Theater Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB) (formerly Theater by the Blind), is the only Off-Broadway theater, and one of the few theaters in the country, that is dedicated to advancing – and changing the image of – actors and writers with disabilities, including blindness, vision impairment, and low vision. TBTB began as Theater by the Blind, integrating actors and writers who were blind, had low vision, and were able-bodied. In 2008, TBTB expanded this mission to include artists with


Hints for Trimming the Christmas Tree When You're Blind or Visually Impaired

Guest blogger Fred Wurtzel is an Elder at the First Christian Church in Lansing, Michigan and a former president of the Michigan Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). Fred's Twitter profile describes him as "High school class of '69. I love Michigan. Enjoy writing, Church Elder, NFB, outdoors, reading, and social change." Trimming the Christmas Tree: How We Began My wife Mary and I have been married for 36 years and have collected lots of ornaments over the years. Our first tree was just two feet tall, sat on a table, had one


More VisionAware Blogroll Love!

It's time for some VisionAware blogroll love once again. As I explained in my introductory "blogroll love" post, … the VisionAware "blind bloggers" collective has migrated from the former VisionAware.org website to the sidebar of the new VisionAware blog. It's a marvelous way to position my favorite bloggers front-and-center for our ever-growing audience. You'll discover great writing there – and not only about blindness. My favorite bloggers are people who happen to be blind – and who have much to say about life's joys,


To the Moon with "Hear and There"

Hear and There Audio Magazine is a radio program and podcast hosted and produced by Dave Uhlman, a visually impaired accessibility consultant. Dave describes Hear and There as an adventure program that provides detailed audio descriptions of museums, nature walks, art shows, news events, and all manner of life–involving and –enhancing events. Dave "puts words to the visual" that enable his listeners (blind, sighted, and visually impaired) to


My Afternoon with the Blind Food Critic

Last Tuesday was an excellent day. I met up with Daniel Aronoff, New York's only Blind Food Critic, as part of a forthcoming interview with Daniel in our Personal Stories series. Can you think of a better place to interview a food critic than in a restaurant? I certainly can't. But first we had to pick a spot. I suggested


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