New to Vision Loss and Feeling Overwhelmed—Post Two in Getting Started Series

By Sharon Hughey, ConnectCenter I&R Specialist Sometimes, when I’m overwhelmed or confused, I like to stop and ask myself these four questions:  What do I think? What do I feel?  What do I need? What do I want?  Once I know the answers to these questions, I am in a better position to ask for assistance from the people … Continued

Getting Started When You Are New to Vision Loss: Part One

Vision loss can happen suddenly or gradually in adulthood. Each eye disease has a characteristic pattern of loss and progression, so the impact is very individual from person to person. Total and sudden vision loss is very traumatic, and it requires immediate interventions and training. However, many eye conditions impair vision slowly and often in stages. This type of progression provides its own challenges. More often adults with … Continued

Getting Started 2020: A Guide for People New to Vision Loss

Welcome to Getting Started: A Guide for People New to Vision Loss. If you have been recently diagnosed with a visual impairment, you are about to begin a journey for which you may not be prepared and for which you may have many questions. The information provided here can help you navigate your journey. It … Continued

Text Version of the VisionAware™ “Getting Started” Kit

Don’t Let Vision Loss Stop You! You Can Get Help at Are you or a family member having difficulty seeing? Have you been diagnosed with an eye condition? Are you a professional seeking information to help someone with vision loss? If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, VisionAware™ was created just … Continued

Audio Version of the Getting Started Kit in English

Complete Audio Version of the VisionAware™ “Getting Started” Kit (Right-click on the link and choose “Save Target As…” to download the audio file to your own computer. If you are interested in getting a large print copy, you can register for VisionAware.

“Going Blind” and “Getting Started”: A Dynamic Combination

Going Blind: Coming out of the Dark about Vision Loss is a documentary film in which producer/director Joseph Lovett documents his own experience of gradual vision loss from glaucoma and his sometimes-difficult journey through the “secret world,” as he calls it, of vision rehabilitation. Going Blind also tells the personal stories of everyday people who … Continued

Getting Started: Responding Proactively To the Challenge Of Losing Your Vision

Challenges Everyone has been presented with many challenges throughout their lifetime. Some more than others, but we all have challenges. When presented with any type of challenge it is natural that our behaviors change initially. For example, often when we hear any discouraging news, our knee jerk behavior is to react. We ask “Why me?” … Continued

General Fitness: Getting Started

You’ve heard it over and over and over again: Work out and you’ll feel better, look better, and live longer. All true. But few of us really want to work out. We might want to “dine out” or “sit it out.” But “work out?” Not so much. And let’s face it, aging—with its occasional aches … Continued