Happy Thanksgiving – With Lots to Digest from Your Friends at VisionAware

Posted 11/25/2013

November has truly been a bountiful month for new articles and information on VisionAware.

Veterans Day

We celebrated Veterans Day with some wonderful additions to our Veterans section:

National Diabetes Month

VisionAware has a wonderful section on diabetes and now it is even more enhanced by a new series by Margaret Cleary, RN, CVRT, CDE, entitled Coping with Loss as a Result of Diabetes and Visual Impairment.

As a young professional, Margaret Cleary had the good fortune to work with Father Thomas Carroll, who was a chaplain with wounded war veterans during World War II and who established the first civilian facility offering comprehensive rehabilitation for the newly blinded, renamed the Carroll Center in 1972.

In his seminal book, Blindness, Father Carroll describes twenty different losses and restorations that a person may experience when vision loss or blindness occurs. Ms. Cleary, who is well known for her work in the field as a diabetes educator, has taken the losses and restorations that Carroll described and included her own observations as they relate to people with diabetes. It is fitting that VisionAware roll out this important contribution this month in honor of Veterans Day (and Father Carroll’s work) and National Diabetes month.

Other new diabetes contributions:

Native American Indian Heritage Month

This month has special significance for peer advisor, Deanna Noriega.

Support Group of the Month

Our group this month is the VISA (Visually Impaired Senior Alaskans) Support Group in Anchorage, Alaska. Read about their many successes and challenges.

VisionAware Blog

Maureen Duffy has reported on Jeremiah Taylor’s discussion of his trip to the movies with audio description and posted an exciting interview with Dr. Yonatan Wexler, the head of Research and Development at OrCam, whose mission is to develop a "portable, wearable visual system with 'human-like' capabilities" for blind and visually impaired persons, via the use of artificial computer intelligence and augmented reality. Maureen has covered several other exciting topics on the VisionAware blog.

Our Parting Gift:‘Tis the Season'

As Black Friday approaches, it is time to think about holiday gifts for friends and loved ones with vision loss. VisionAware has quite the treat this year with both an article on holiday gifts and our peer advisors' favorite gift ideas. Or make a $30 or more gift to VisionAware in honor of a loved one and get a free large-print Getting Started Kit.

Finally, from all of us on the VisionAware team we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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