December: A Time for Celebration, Peace, Joy, and Reflection

We are never really happy until we try to brighten the lives of others - Helen Keller. Wishing you joy! - American Foundation for the Blind, expanding possibilities for people with vision loss.

Holiday Gifts

VisionAware has joined in the celebratory mode by updating our section on getting ready for the holidays. The section includes suggestions for gifts, as well as, homemade gift ideas. This month’s AccessWorld also offers gift suggestions and a special article on management of diabetes during the holidays. You may also want to check out the FamilyConnect gift guide and post on Elf on a Shelf.

The Gift of Reading

As a special gift idea, Peer Advisor Lynda Lambert has written about VisionAware’s Bookshelf of great books to give and recommend.

Holiday Feasting

Out of ideas for holiday foods? Try some of these ideas.

Holiday Travel

For those traveling, read up on air travel rules and check out DeAnna Noriega’s pointers on packing.

Holiday Entertaining

Read suggestions on how to have fun for all during the holidays and keeping your grandchildren entertained.

Avoiding the Holiday Blues

Here is some sage advice from several VisionAware peer advisors.

Other Informative Articles


Last month we highlighted the challenges of caregiving with several articles and posts by Audrey Demmitt, R.N., a VisionAware peer advisor. A reader asked that we add information about Charles Bonnet syndrome, which has been done in this updated article.


In case you missed it, Medicare is changing its card. Jamie Pauls, AccessWorld writer, discusses accessibility concerns about the change.

VisionAware Blog

Be sure to read the latest updates on research. Here are some of the latest:

What is the most popular VisionAware blog of all time?

And the answer is:
Our Readers Want to Know: What Is the Difference Between Low Vision and Legal Blindness?

Au Revoir, Maureen

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At the end of the year, Maureen Duffy will step down as writer/editor of the VisionAware blog and key contributor to the editorial team. Maureen had been involved with VisionAware from its inception under A.W.A.R.E., through the launch and then on to its sustained presence at AFB in 2012, in partnership with Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation. Since coming to AFB, VisionAware has far surpassed other websites in offering critical information on all aspects of vision loss in a holistic way to millions of people worldwide. In the five + years that VisionAware has been at AFB, the site has had over 6.6 million visitors, with over 40% coming from other countries. Furthermore, Maureen dedicated eight years as a peer reviewer to the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB). She also revised and updated Making Life More Livable, a book produced by AFB Press that is an essential guide for adults experiencing vision loss as well as an invaluable resource for their families and friends. Maureen has received numerous awards for her work and is pictured here receiving an award from the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired for outstanding work in the field of low vision and blindness. Thank you, Maureen, for the positive impact you have had on the lives of people with vison loss throughout the world.

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As we close the year, the staff and volunteers of VisionAware wish each of you a wonderful holiday season and a hopeful 2018.

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