Blog Posts by Sheila Rousey

My Guide Dog, Grant: A Reason, a Season, and for a Lifetime

It was once said, and now often repeated, that “people come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.” Although the author of this quote is unknown, I believe that he would extend the meaning of this quote to service animals that come into our lives for a reason, a season, and a lifetime. For those of us who have gained the experience of working with a guide dog, there is certainly a special place in our hearts for their dedication and affection. The Reason My personal experience with using a guide dog came in my early 50s. Although I had been visually impaired all of my life, I


A Time of Joy and a Time of Sorrow: Grandmothering Without Sight

Editor's note: This post is part of the Blind Parenting series created to provide visually impaired parents and grandparents with first-hand accounts of how you can raise a child safely and independently. In today's post, Sheila Rousey shares her experience of becoming a grandmother with vision loss. A Time of Joy and a Time of Sorrow: Grandmothering Without Sight by Sheila Rousey


Sensible Solutions: An Introduction

Editor's note: Just in time for Independence Day, the VisionAware Peers introduce a new message board topic: Sensible Solutions for Everyday Living with Vision Loss. These tips and solutions to managing life with vision loss are being posted in a message board format so that you can respond and ask questions. We encourage you to browse through suggestions and strategies that can help you, or a family member, successfully accomplish those daily chores that can make living with vision loss a challenge. We also recommend that you read the topics in Skills You Need for Everyday Living. Life Isn't Limited by the


Vacationing with Vision Loss: Tips and Strategies

Terms associated with the word "vacation" include words like "travel" and "fun." Just imagine a time of rest and relaxation away from the routines of daily chores and responsibilities. For those who are visually impaired or blind, going on a trip to an unfamiliar vacation spot can be anything but relaxing or enjoyable without much planning and organizing. If you or a loved one are visually impaired and thinking about going on vacation, consider the following questions. Where do I start? Taking into consideration your personal finances, it is a good idea to start with determining how much money you have


Random Acts of Kindness Week: February 15-20

The Rewards of Random Acts of Kindness Have you ever been the recipient or provider of a random act of kindness? If you have, then you can certainly understand the value of self-worth that you have either provided to another or have received yourself. The wonderful thing about random acts of kindness is that both the provider and recipient are rewarded in ways that neither expect. The month of February brings with it a day of celebration of love, friendship, and affection. We celebrate the 14th of February as St. Valentines Day. But did you know that the week of February 15-20th is designated as Random Acts of Kindness Week? Many times we look at our


Are You Afraid to Take Up New Smart Phone and Other iDevice?

Like many of you who still use those good old flip phones for your communication needs, I also resisted giving up my flip phone until one day when I accidentally took it swimming with me. It fell into salt water and had a massive seizure. My little flip phone was dead. So my daughter insisted that I get my first smart phone. Learning About My First Smart Phone When I got it, it did take me some time to get used to swiping tapping, flicking, and touching a smooth screen but I finally got the hang of it. I use the Siri feature all of the time now. She can do almost everything except drive me around and cook a meal. (smile) <img src="http://www.afb.org/image.asp?ImageID=6848" alt="Maribel holding 'old faithful' to her ear and


Unified English Braille Is Here with the New Year

Change Can Be Uncomfortable It always seems that, just when we have learned how to do a task with a great deal of confidence, there is someone out there in the world who comes up with the bright idea in order to make changes and improvements to how we are successfully doing things. We are creatures of habit by nature. So learning to do something in a new way seems to be uncomfortable or even unwelcome. If you have been using a personal computer for several years now, you will recall that every time software developers update their products, there is always going to be a new learning curve in order to accomplish those things that you already feel comfortable in doing. So why upgrade to the latest software development? You know that you can wait on the upgrade for the newer


A Three-Step Process for Setting Goals for the New Year

Editor's note: Sheila Rousey is just joining the VisionAware peer advisor group and has written the first post out of the box for the new year! Read her take on setting goals, something all of us think about doing when January 1 rolls around. The Three Step Process In the educational setting, instructors are taught that goals must be observable and measureable. A more simplified explanation of setting or reaching goals include: identifying a specific goal to be reached, observing or looking for changes in understanding or behaviors, and lastly measuring the


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