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Many adults who have low vision want to continue driving because it represents independence, convenience, and freedom. The decision to drive, or continue driving, is a personal one that must be made collaboratively with you, your eye doctor, and your local licensing agency. Learn more about important driving considerations at Driving with Low Vision, Finding and Hiring a Driver, and Deciding When to Stop Driving. You can also find helpful tips and techniques for everyday living skills, safe indoor movement and outdoor travel, and everyday living products. Register to receive alerts and news relating to vision loss, including the latest updates in low vision and technology research.

The Five Top Ways I Use Uber

Why I Use Uber The past year Uber has revolutionized my life. It has been an excellent alternative to public transportation, cabs, hiring personal drivers and asking for rides from friends. I have used Uber for all kinds of commuting around the Atlanta Metro area. Doctor appointments, work-related meetings, grocery shopping, and outings with friends and movie nights. You name it and Uber has pretty much taken me there. But with all of this traveling around Uber can be quite addictive. I mean, with the ability to call up a driver in about 5-10 minutes with the swipe of a finger on your smartphone just about any time you want? That is just hard

Using Uber As an Alternative Transportation Service for People with Vision Loss

What is Uber Nearly a year ago I started trying out a new transportation service that hit my city called Uber. I had been hearing about it all over the place from both sighted and blind friends. I had not tried it yet because I had no smartphone and I also was not sure of its effectiveness. But after purchasing my iPhone and having to wait longer than I wanted at a doctor’s office, I decided to try Uber. It was a funny situation that you can read about in VisionAware’s

Megabus: A Safe and Affordable Transportation Option for People Who Are Visually Impaired

I just came back from my first trip on Megabus and I am happy to report it was a great success. I went from Atlanta to Knoxville, a 3.5 hour bus ride, to visit my daughter. She recently got engaged and I wanted to go visit so we could work on wedding plans. Megabus made it possible for me to travel on my own with my guide dog in safety and comfort! And the best part was the round trip ticket cost $11.50, less than a tank of gas. Megabus has been operating

My First Adventure with Uber

Editor's Note: This is part of our ongoing series on Laughter is Often the Best Medicine, a series that encourages people who are blind or visually impaired to laugh at themselves and celebrate victories. An Accidental Adventure Early this week I tried Uber for the very first time. It was more by accident than anything else. I had finished up at the doctor’s office and had booked my trip with my local PARA-transit service. But when the appointment was over I had over an hour to wait for them to come and pick me up. I quickly realized that I did not want to wait that

The Transportation Problem: Finding Rides When You Can’t Drive

Editor's Note: The information in this post has been updated in this article, The Transportation Problem: Finding Rides When You Can't Drive As an Individual with Vision Loss. For additional tips and transportation alternatives, check out the Transportation section on VisionAware. The Transportation Problem One of the most difficult challenges for people with vision loss is finding reliable and affordable transportation. Whether

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