April Showers Bring May Flowers and Lots of Useful Information

Peer Advisors Plant Seeds

Don't miss peer Advisor Audrey Demmitt’s post Enjoying the Miracle of Seeds with Vision Loss.

Audrey (who is an RN) has also hit a home run on the VisionAware Facebook page with her blog post More Women Than Men Have Vision Loss. Written for Women’s Eye Health month, it spells out risk factors as well as preventive steps.

And then there’s Spring Cleaning Your Life by Angela Winfield. Read her post and get inspired!

Other Interesting Articles

In conjunction with Mary D’Apice’s article Innovative VA Program Improves Visual Functioning for Patients with Hemianopsia, you will also want to read a new, related piece by Dr. Greg Goodrich: Questions to Ask Your Doctor about a Concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury.

House hunting? Lynda Jones, who recently purchased a home, lays out practical tips you should consider, a checklist to use, and even the documents you will need to supply should you purchase.

Deanna Noriega has written a companion blog on Giving Up Your Car Keys, which addresses thinking about where you live and the options you should consider as a person who is visually impaired.

For technology buffs, Steve Kelley CVRT, CRC has just started a new series on technology. Be sure to read Choosing the Right Computer (that includes the iPAD). And Scott Davert has a new blog post up about book- reading apps for braille users.

VisionAware Blog Teasers

Maureen Duffy has brought you exciting research news on macular degeneration (MD):

These are just a few of the interesting blogs Maureen has posted in April. Find all of her blog posts here.

Social Media News

If you are an avid Pinterest follower, VisionAware now has a board.

Did you know that the VisionAware Twitter feed, managed by Maureen Duffy, has more followers than any in the vision field? Over 7600! Be sure to follow us on Twitter.

Agency of the Month

The AFB Center on Vision Loss in Dallas, TX is April’s agency of the month. Be sure to take a virtual tour of Esther’s Place, a fully-equipped model home located within the Center.

Mother’s Day, May 11, 2014

Guess what! VisionAware has a Mother’s Day Gift Guide. Please use it and share your ideas on what we should add to the list.

How You Find Information on VisionAware and Stay Up to Date

As a reminder, there are several ways to find articles and blog posts. You can search by topic by typing “topic search” into the search function, sign up for alerts related to your interests when you fill in or update your profile, or log into “My VisionAware”.

New AFB App in Development

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is exploring the feasibility of creating an app to make the resources available in the Find Services feature on its websites more easily available to eye care professionals, service providers (such as rehabilitation counselors, teachers of visually impaired students, orientation and mobility instructors, etc.), and consumers. As a preliminary step, we would like to invite you to take a survey to help us gather information about your interest in using such an app and the types of information you would like to have included.

Please click here to take the survey.

Thanks to VisionAware Subscribers

Thanks to all of you who responded to our request for a telephone interview. Not only did you respond, but you also said some great things about VisionAware. Thanks to you, the number of repeat visitors to the site (always a good thing) has increased by over 50 percent from last year.

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