Blog Posts by Lenore Dillon

The Benefits of White Cane Day

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

“Good Health to You": Blind Alive, Eyes Free Fitness

Editor's note: January is always a time for New Year's resolutions, and maintaining a healthy life style should be at the top of your list! Read what Peer Advisor Lenore Dillon has to say about Eyes Free Fitness. Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle Can Be Challenging Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be challenging for anyone, especially for individuals who have vision loss. Physical exercise seems to be the missing piece of the puzzle when we embark upon a fitness program. Many people lack the confidence to start exercising, as it is difficult to emulate the instructor. Find Out What Mel Scott Is Doing to Promote Good Health <img src="" alt="Woman with yellow lab guide

Happy Birthday Helen Keller!

Caption: Helen cutting birthday cake Every year during the week of Helen Keller's birthday, the nation honors her during Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week. Helen Adams Keller was born a healthy child on June 27, 1880, to Captain Arthur H. and Kate Adams Keller of Tuscumbia, Alabama. At the tender age of 19 months, she was stricken with a severe illness which left her blind and deaf. Tuscumbia is a small southern town located on the Alabama-Tennessee state line. Who would have thought that one of the world’s greatest miracles would have taken place at a pump in Tuscumbia, Alabama? It was at this pump where Helen first realized, through the

Respond to the Challenge: Embrace the Magic of Vision Rehabilitation Therapy

Blindness Perceived as Devestating Disability Blindness has long been perceived as the most devastating disability. Society holds that vision loss leaves a person helpless and hopeless. As a direct result of this opinion, many who are diagnosed with a vision loss think they have no hope for the future. Many people who have gone through the experience of a vision loss know the opposite is true. Anyone who possesses any degree of vision loss can return to an active and independent lifestyle. Some individuals report that they have a more productive life after a vision loss! Steps to Return to Active Life Caption: Certified Vision

Vision Rehabilitation Therapists Change Lives

Life Not Over After Vision Loss At the onset of a vision loss a person often feels helpless and hopeless. This helpless feeling is normal as vision loss impacts every part of life. Even the simplest task, learned as a young child, often seem impossible. More challenging tasks such as using a computer, appear to be exclusively for the sighted. Even beyond basic everyday living, greater fears such as loss of income and independence may be overwhelming. It is easy to understand why many feel life is over. Actually, Life as they know it is over! What

Getting Started: Responding Proactively To the Challenge Of Losing Your Vision

Challenges Everyone has been presented with many challenges throughout their lifetime. Some more than others, but we all have challenges. When presented with any type of challenge it is natural that our behaviors change initially. For example, often when we hear any discouraging news, our knee jerk behavior is to react. We ask "Why me?" or "What did I do to deserve this?" That is a "reaction" and it is normal, but reactions are not productive. Another behavior is to "respond," to ask thoughtful questions, to be proactive in finding solutions. When we respond, we are taking a positive step towards rising to the challenge

Time-Saving Techniques

In honor of Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT) Appreciation Week, we are starting a series of tips developed by VRTs. The first in this series are some time-saving and safety techniques/hints used by Vision Rehabilitation Therapists/Rehabilitation Teachers throughout the United States. These are simply ideas that have been used with some degree of success by other VRTs. If any of the ideas below do not coincide with your agency policy or procedure, do not use them.

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