The ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line: A Lifeline for People with Vision Loss

Editor’s note: This post was written by Alan Lovell, Information and Referral Coordinator for the APH ConnectCenter. Alan often receives calls that are especially good examples of what we strive to do in the ConnectCenter and from time to time he’ll share them here on the blog. I receive calls to the APH ConnectCenter’s I&R … Continued

February is Age Related Macular Degeneration Month: Lower Your Risk of Vision Loss

Though age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of low vision and blindness in Americans age 60 and older, research has improved prevention, treatments, and outcomes of this disease over the last 10 years. During this month, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) wants to remind people with AMD that they can save their vision with lifestyle changes and new treatment advances. Early detection of … Continued

Inspire Your Heart with Art Interview with Lynda McKinney Lambert

Observed on January 31st, Inspire Your Heart with Art Day is a time to think about how art affects your heart. Lynda McKinney Lambert, VisionAware peer advisor and award-winning artist, poet and author, is just the kind of artist that this day epitomizes.  Lynda doesn’t let vision loss hinder her creativity. She has taught classes in writing and art in Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic and … Continued

Braille Roundup: Reading by the Dots

January is braille awareness month. VisionAware has already celebrated this month and Louis Braille’s birthday with a blog post by Lenore Dillon and a webinar, “Dots or Not”, featuring AccessWorld authors Bill Holton and Deborah Kendrick. But I wanted to tell you more.  There are many misunderstandings about braille. A few years ago, in Four Misconceptions to Learning and Reading Braille, I said, “It’s been my experience, with the occasional exception, … Continued

The Aging and Vision Loss National Coalition Needs You!

Losing vision later in life is an overlooked yet rapidly growing public health crisis, which has been exacerbated by COVID-19. The Aging and Vision Loss National Coalition plans to address this looming crisis and bring attention to aging and vision loss at the highest levels. The purpose of the Aging & Vision Loss National Coalition, administered … Continued

January is Glaucoma Month: Make a New Year’s Resolution to Get a Dilated Eye Exam

According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), “glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States. Many people don’t know that glaucoma has no symptoms in its early stages.”  NEI further states that “the only way to find out if you have glaucoma is to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam. There’s no cure for glaucoma, but early treatment can often stop the damage and … Continued

Food Storage After COVID-19

If refrigerators and freezers could talk, they might be saying something like this.  “It’s dark, dank, and smelly inside this fridge.  I hope my owners don’t open the door, who knows what’s going to spill out.” COVID-19 has afforded us more time to enjoy the art of cooking.  Food storage and labeling have become necessary … Continued