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Our Readers Want to Know: Can I Continue Woodworking 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 track readers' search terms [i.e., information readers are seeking as they search the Internet]. The following questions about home repair and workshop safety with low vision or blindness consistently appear in VisionAware's information queries: Do I have to give up woodworking now that I'm blind? I have low vision. How can I make simple repairs around the house? An Answer from Blind Woodworker Gil Johnson This week, during Workplace


Braille Literacy Awareness Month: The Genius of Louis Braille

During Braille Literacy Awareness Month, VisionAware is celebrating the life and work of Louis Braille (January 4, 1809 – January 6, 1852), the creator of the braille code, which revolutionized reading and writing for blind people throughout the world. Louis Braille: A Touch of Genius This week, our Louis Braille celebration features Louis Braille: A Touch of Genius, authored by C. Michael Mellor and published by National Braille Press. The


The Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field: 2014 Nominations

The Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field is currently accepting nominations for 2014. The nominating deadline is Friday, March 28, 2014. About the Hall of Fame The Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field honors, at present, 52 individuals who were pioneers in the blindness field and shaped the field's history, philosophy, knowledge, and skills, while providing outstanding service to people who were blind and visually impaired. During my visit to the Hall of Fame in 2012, I was in awe as I read the biographies of


Braille Literacy Awareness Month: It All Began 205 Years Ago with Louis Braille

It's appropriate to begin our celebration of Braille Literacy Awareness Month with a profile of Louis Braille (January 4, 1809 – January 6, 1852), creator of the braille code. His elegant and enduring code revolutionized reading and writing for blind people throughout the world. The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Online Louis Braille Museum AFB's online Louis Braille Museum is a rich repository of photographs, documents, and historical texts that illustrate the life and legacy of Louis Braille, the creator


A Festive Thanksgiving Cocktail with Low Vision and Blindness Adaptations

As the holiday season approaches, creative drinks and cocktails are in demand! We especially like this non-alcoholic, easy-to-assemble drink – along with adaptations for our favorite blind and visually impaired "mixologists." Apple Cider Milkshake From MaryBeth at Dunkin Cooking the Semi-Homemade Way (used with permission), who says this about the Apple Cider Milkshake: "I highly recommend giving this a try. It's a great-tasting shake and an excellent way to enjoy the taste of apples." Ingredients: 6 scoops vanilla ice cream 1¼ cups


Part 1: What's New in iOS 7 by Scott Davert, AppleVis Editorial Team and Accessibility Specialist

Guest blogger Scott Davert, M.A., VRT, (at left) is an AppleVis Editorial Team Member and a Senior Instructor in the Adaptive Technology Department and Communications Learning Center at the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults. Previously, Scott has reviewed RoboBraille: Enhancing Document Accessibility, and the Humanware Communicator app, which facilitates communication between deaf-blind and sighted and hearing users. This


Where I've Been: My Blindness Work in Central Europe

Last month, I took a break from my duties at VisionAware.org to visit Central Europe, teach in the post-graduate Low Vision Therapy program at the Akademia Pedagogiki Specjalnej im. Marii Grzegorzewskiej (the Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education) in Warsaw, and attend a Board of Directors meeting for the Kielce-based VEGA Foundation, directed by my longtime friend and colleague Agnieszka (Agnes) Janicka-Maj.


Tips and Resources to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft--Third Installment

Now that you have read my two battles with identity theft I want to share with you how to protect yourself and resources you can use if it does happen. The most important thing that you can do as a person with vision loss is educate and empower yourself to avoid being a victim of this type of crime. A few months back I attended a teleconference hosted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that was specific for people with visual impairments. During the presentation valuable information was shared and resources given which I am going to now pass on to you. How Does Identity Theft Happen A very important thing to understand about identity


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


On Meeting a Sighted Person

I'm guessing that most of us – both within and outside the blindness field – have encountered some version of the classic What to do when you meet a blind person or When you meet a person who is blind. These widely available instructional guides offer tips and techniques to help sighted people interact more effectively with – and avoid offending – people who are blind. Most include


Help Us Help You!

Guest blogger Dr. Priscilla Rogers is the VisionAware Program Manager. The new VisionAware combines two stand-alone resources from American Foundation for the Blind and Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation (Senior Site and the former VisionAware, respectively) into a single, comprehensive website offering dynamic social


Hello and Welcome to the New VisionAware Blog

Hello to my old and new readers! This is Maureen Duffy, social media specialist for VisionAware and author of the new VisionAware blog. Here's a press release from American Foundation for the Blind that explains this innovative collaboration: … the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight


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