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Equipment and Devices I Use for Low Vision

Editor's note: This is the third post in Lynda Lambert's series for Low Vision Awareness Month. In this post, she discusses the assistive devices she finds most useful. Missed a post? Catch up on part one and part two of the series. Technology I Use Every Day By Lynda Lambert Not all technology has to be high tech. A simple digital


The Holy Grail of Braille

Holy Braille is a term coined by the University of Michigan’s School of Information for a project directed by Sile O'Modhrain, Associate Professor, to create a tablet of braille cells that will more closely emulate a page of embossed braille on paper. Part of the effort of this team is to transform the mechanism that creates the raised dots on an electronic refreshable braille display from pins moving up and down to a pneumatic system. It is hoped that this design will reduce the cost of this refreshable braille device dramatically from the current cost of refreshable braille. Understanding Refreshable Braille Refreshable braille is a digital file on a computer or other electronic device that is read with a braille display. Refreshable braille remains


Appreciating Disability Employment Awareness Month

by Suzanne Turner, Guest Blogger October has become one of the months that is known for many celebrations of awareness. This month highlights Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Hispanic Heritage Month, White Cane Safety Day, Meet the Blind Month, and my favorite, National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The reasoning behind my enthusiasm for Disability Employment Awareness is that I have come a long way from my days of working in a sheltered workshop. As a teenager with hopes of attending college in the Department of Music at Jackson


New Job Search and Interviewing Techniques for Visually Impaired Job Seekers

Editor's note: During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, VisionAware is highlighting employment resources and strategies for people who are blind or visually impaired. A key piece of getting a job is the application process. Today that means applying online. Applying Online: A Major Challenge for Older Workers by Neva Fairchild One challenge older workers experience when looking for employment is being able to apply for jobs online. Back in the day, you were able to walk


The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) 21st Century Agenda on Aging and Vision Loss Is Moving Forward!

The 21st Century Agenda on Aging and Vision Loss: Some Background AFB began a "national conversation" on aging and vision loss over a year ago in anticipation of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. As noted in our post on the outcome of the conference, AFB and other stakeholders have been extremely concerned that aging and vision loss issues have not been addressed in any significant way on a national level: "Older persons with vision problems should not be sidelined or forgotten because of their inability to engage – due to


Calling All Advocates: White House Conference on Aging Set for July 13, 2015

Guest blogger Priscilla Rogers, Ph.D. is the Program Manager for VisionAware and co-author of Aging and Vision Loss: A Handbook for Families. Her other works include Self-Advocacy Skills Training for Older Individuals Who Are Visually Impaired and Solutions for Success: A Training Manual for Working with Older People Who Are Visually Impaired. She has an M.A. degree in gerontology and a Ph.D. in special education with an emphasis in vision and aging. The 2015 White House Conference on


91-year-old Inventor with Visual Impairment Designs for Her Generation

91-year-old Barbara Beskind is the toast of Silicon Valley as well the toast of the media, with interviews on National Public Radio and the Today Show. In the high tech industry where youth reigns, Beskind has a coveted job as a designer at IDEO, a world-renowned consulting firm perhaps most famous for designing the first Apple mouse. Beskind is living her dream, though it was a dream deferred. As a resourceful 8-year-old during the Depression, Beskind built a


Our Readers Want to Know: What Is "Reasonable Accommodation"?

Editor's note: One of the many benefits associated with an online information center and website, such as VisionAware.org, is the ability to track readers' search terms [i.e., information readers are seeking as they search the Internet]. The following questions about employment with a disability – specifically blindness or low vision – consistently rank within VisionAware's top twenty information searches: What does "reasonable accommodation" mean? How can I talk to my employer about reasonable accommodation? National Disability Employment Awareness Month <img src="/image.asp?ImageID=4955"


Social Security Administration's "Ticket to Work" Program to Host Free Self-Employment Webinar

The Social Security Administration's (SSA) Ticket to Work program will host a free webinar on self-employment through the Ticket program on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, from 3:00-4:30 PM EDT. SSA's team of disability benefits experts will present a Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar titled Working for Yourself with Ticket to Work: Achieving Financial Independence, for people aged 18-64 who receive disability benefits and are interested in employment and self-employment. The webinar will provide an overview of


Update: An Employment Mentoring Project for Students and Professionals with Vision Loss

As our readers know, I admire and support the ongoing – and critically important – work of the Mississippi State University (MSU) National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC). The mission of the NRTC is to enhance employment and independent living outcomes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired through research, training, education, and dissemination of project results. Previously, I've blogged about a number of significant NRTC projects, including the Online Participant Registry for Blindness


My Excellent Experience as a Hadley School for the Blind "Ambassador"

On May 13 and 14, it was my privilege to attend the Hadley Ambassador Training Program at Hadley School for the Blind in Winnetka, Illinois. 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. About Hadley School for the Blind Mr. William A. Hadley (at left) was a college and high school educator and


Memorial Day 2013: British Blind Veterans Host Their American Blind Comrades in London

From May 19-26, 2013, six blind veterans of the United States Armed Forces, who have become role models for others living with vision loss, are visiting their counterparts in the United Kingdom, via an innovative exchange program for blind and visually impaired American and British veterans. The event is taking place under the auspices of Project Gemini, a joint exchange program initiated by Blind Veterans UK of London, England and the Blinded Veterans Association of Washington, DC. The project is named after "Gemini," a transatlantic communications cable that links the United Kingdom and the United States. About


Guest Blogger John Miller: Blogging against "Disablism" with a Dual Disability

Guest blogger John Miller is a writer, sports enthusiast, former graduate student, and author of the blog A Blind Man's Journey, whom we first met – and profiled – in Meet John Miller on the VisionAware website. John's blog describes his long and not-yet-finished journey, beginning with his early childhood and diagnosis with Norrie disease, which causes blindness and progressive hearing impairment, to his current life as an employee of


Disability Employment and a "Thumbs Up" for Roger Ebert

Guest blogger DeAnn Elliott graduated from the Independent Living program at The Carroll Center for the Blind in 2007 after losing her eyesight to retinitis pigmentosa. She lives in the Boston area with her teenage daughter, their cat, and her guide dog, Emmy, a playful black lab. In Disability Employment and a "Thumbs-Up" for Roger Ebert, which first


Meet Award-Winning Visually Impaired Photographer Craig Royal

"If you have vision loss, don't lose sight of the beauty of life. If you have lost sight of the beauty of life, you are truly blind." ~ Craig Royal, fine art photographer Craig Royal is an award-winning visually impaired fine art photographer and photo artist. Here is more information, in Craig's own words, from the Craig Royal Fine Art Photography website: I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where I concentrated in woodworking and furniture design. I received a professional fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Art


My Commitment to Professional Growth by Guest Blogger Laurel Leigh, COMS

Laurel Leigh is a certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) with the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Orientation and Mobility (O&M) is a profession specific to blindness and low vision that teaches safe, efficient, and effective travel skills to people of all ages. Laurel's article, entitled "Personal Reflections on AER Membership: A Commitment to Personal Growth," appears in the Winter 2013 edition


Meet Gil Johnson: Blind Woodworker and One of California's "50 Notable People"

Gil Johnson is an avid (and talented) woodworker and the author of Gil's Guide to Home Repairs and Parenting or Grandparenting with Vision Loss on the VisionAware website. Gil also hosts the Repairing Your Home message board, where you can ask him any question about home repair techniques and tips. Gil's professional life began as a Rehabilitation Counselor and


AccessNote: A New Notetaker App from American Foundation for the Blind

On January 31, 2013, American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) released the AccessNote™ app, a specialized notetaker for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch®. AccessNote™ was developed by AFB Tech, the technology division of AFB, in partnership with FloCo Apps, LLC. The price of AccessNote is $19.99, available as a download from the App Store. Some Background about Notetakers and AccessNote A


Monster.com to Provide Full Access to Blind and Visually Impaired Job Seekers

Monster.com will be the first job search and recruitment website in the industry to provide job seekers who are blind with full and equal access to all of its products and services including mobile applications. Monster.com provides a full array of job seeking, career management, recruitment, and talent management products and services in more than 40 countries. Monster.com and Accessibility Here is more information from the National Federation of the Blind announcement: "Over the


A New Low Vision Resource from the National Eye Institute

The National Eye Institute (NEI) has released a 20-page, full-color, large print booklet with companion videos, in support of Low Vision Awareness Month, February 2013. The booklet and videos were developed by NEI's National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP). The mission of NEI, a part of the National Institutes of Health, is to "conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health


The Importance of Braille Literacy: An Open Letter to the New York Times from Daniel Aronoff

Guest blogger Daniel Aronoff is New York City's premier blind food critic. You can read about his culinary experiences at The Real Blind Taste Test© blog and @blindblog on Twitter. Daniel received the People's Choice Award in the Dining and Entertainment category of CBS New York's Most Valuable Blogger Awards 2011. Following is Daniel's response to Listening to Braille: With New


A Follow-Up Interview with Master Sgt. and Blind Army Veteran Jeffrey Mittman: Part 2

Meet Master Sgt. and Army Veteran Jeffrey Mittman United States Army veteran Master Sgt. Jeffrey Mittman was wounded by a roadside bomb on July 7, 2005 in Baghdad, Iraq. In that attack, his left eye was destroyed, his right arm was badly damaged, and he lost his nose, his lips, and most of his teeth. "My left eye was destroyed, my right eye had permanent scarring, and I had just a little peripheral vision remaining. My first concern was how I was going to recover and take care of my family," he said, since he could no longer lead soldiers in combat.


A Follow-Up Interview with Master Sgt. and Blind Army Veteran Jeffrey Mittman: Part 1

Meet Master Sgt. and Army Veteran Jeffrey Mittman United States Army veteran Master Sgt. Jeffrey Mittman was wounded by a roadside bomb on July 7, 2005 in Baghdad, Iraq. In that attack, his left eye was destroyed, his right arm was badly damaged, and he lost his nose, his lips, and most of his teeth. "My left eye was destroyed, my right eye had permanent scarring, and I had just a little peripheral vision remaining. My first concern was how I was going to recover and take care of my family," he said, since he could no longer lead soldiers in combat.


The Blinded Veterans Initiative at the Hadley School for the Blind

The goal of the Blinded Veterans Initiative at The Hadley School for the Blind is to educate and inspire blind or visually impaired veterans to pursue their personal and professional goals and help support their families. This innovative veteran outreach program is tuition-free for all blind and visually impaired veterans and their family members. About the Hadley Blinded Veterans Initiative Veterans can enroll in any of 100+ Hadley distance education courses. Core subjects emphasized through this new initiative include business and


A "Top Eight" List of My Favorite Blog Posts by Joe Strechay: Part 2

Guest blogger Joe Strechay is the CareerConnect Program Manager at American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). Here's Joe's description of his AFB working life: "I spend most of my time writing about employment, career education, job seeking, and


A "Top Eight" List of My Favorite Blog Posts by Joe Strechay

Guest blogger Joe Strechay is the CareerConnect Program Manager at American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). Here's Joe's description of his AFB working life: "I spend most of my time writing about employment, career education, job seeking, and


Are You a Legally Blind College/Graduate Student? We Need You!

As our readers know, I greatly admire the ongoing – and important – work of the Mississippi State University (MSU) National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC). The mission of the NRTC is to enhance employment and independent living outcomes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired through research, training, education, and dissemination. During the past year, I've blogged about a number of significant and innovative NRTC projects, including the


The Hadley School for the Blind Opens the Forsythe Center for Entrepreneurship

I just received a press release about an exciting new educational and employment program at The Hadley School for the Blind: On September 19, 2011, The Hadley School for the Blind officially opened enrollment for the Forsythe Center for Entrepreneurship. The goal of the new Forsythe Center is to provide individuals who are visually impaired with the knowledge, resources, and networking opportunities that will enable them to advance in their careers and/or successfully launch and grow their own businesses. The Forsythe Center program includes a number


A New Employment Research Project for College/Graduate Students and Mentors Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Earlier this year, the Mississippi State University (MSU) National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) was selected by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) as the federally-designated National Research and Training Center on Employment Outcomes for Individuals Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired. This five-year, $4.25-million federal grant will support the NRTC's efforts to increase competitive opportunities and outcomes for blind or visually impaired individuals in the job market.


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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