February Is Low Vision and Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month

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Low Vision Information Updated!

VisionAware has updated our low vision section with articles by Bryan Gerritsen , COMS, CLVT and edited by Maureen Duffy, CVRT.

There are four articles in the series:

Plus Anne Riddering, OTR/L, CLVT, COMS, has contributed "Scanning Efficiently for Activities of Daily Living". And thanks to Maureen Duffy’s work, the most popular page on VisionAware, Low Vision and Legal Blindness Terms and Descriptions, has a “new look.” She has also updated over 20 other top pages for your reading pleasure.

AFB AccessWorld ® Magazine Presents Special Issue on Low Vision

Some of your favorite authors such as Bill Holton and Neva Fairchild have contributed to this issue, including information on technology that helps you get through the day, personal finance, home appliances, reading, android apps, and living with hearing impairment. This issue was created in partnership with the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) at Mississippi State University. The NRTC recently received a grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration to provide training and technical assistance to programs serving older adults with blindness and low vision. The AccessWorld issue is part of our joint emphasis to encourage and prepare service providers to introduce seniors to technology they can utilize in their everyday lives as well as to be useful to persons who are themselves aging with vision loss.

New Age-related Macular Degeneration Study Is Highlighted on VisionAware Blog

There is also breaking news in gene therapy editing research that you will want to read.

Interviews of Interest

Mary D’Apice recently interviewed Drs. Nora Griffin-Shirley and Laura Bozeman, co-editors of AFB’s new book, O&M for Independent Living: Strategies for Teaching O&M to Older Adults. And be sure to read Mary’s article on Sheila Rousey, VisionAware Peer Advisor.

Featured Support Group by Audrey Demmitt, Support Group Advisor

Visually Impaired Support Group of Cumberland County, TN. Inc

VisionAware Peer Advisors Write About Kindness

Blindness Brings Kindness: The Win Win of a Visual Impairment
The Rewards of Random Acts of Kindness

New Tech Primers by Bill Holton

Older Workers Survey

Update: May, 2016
This survey is now closed. Here is the link to the results.

Reminder: If you qualify please complete our Older Workers Survey. The criteria for taking the survey are as follows:
(1) you experienced vision loss that started when you were age 55 or older and
(2) you continued to work or returned to work after experiencing vision loss (even if you are retired now).

If the answer to both criteria is YES, please take this 22 question survey. We will enter your name in a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card if you participate and share your contact information with us. If you have already taken the survey and did not email us your information, please do so by Feb. 29th.

Next month is Older Worker’s Month and we will be sharing new and updated information on employment of seniors with vision loss.

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