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

Job Hunting as a Person with Vision and Hearing Loss

Editor’s note: This is the second of our posts about National Disability Employment Awareness month (NDEAM), held each October. Be sure to read our first post Attaining Vocational Trainer Certification as a Blind Person – VisionAware  by peer Maribel Steel.       I had been looking for a secondary job for a year, mostly in the educational field—teaching English online or tutoring. I have a career background … Continued

Attaining Vocational Trainer Certification as a Blind Person

Editor’s note: October is National Disability Employment Awareness month (NDEAM). According to the Department of Labor,  “The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of …workers with disabilities.” In the spirit of this month and what it means to people with disabilities, Maribel Steel, who has retinitis pigmentosa, shares her journey in … Continued

WeWalk: Smart Cane and Navigational App

Editor’s note: This post is part of a series VisionAware is doing during White Cane Awareness Month. Be sure to read our post on October 15: White Cane Safety Day – VisionAware in which we describe the history of the day and how it has evolved since it was first proclaimed a national day by President Johnson in 1964. It’s a great time to … Continued

World Sight Day: The Eyes and COVID

World Sight Day is held annually to focus global attention on vision impairment, including blindness. In 2021, World Sight Day is October 14th and the theme is “Love Your Eyes.”  The International Agency for Prevention of Blindness wants everyone to make a pledge to protect their vision such as getting a comprehensive eye exam.  Since COVID is at the forefront of everyone’s minds … Continued

Low Vision and White Canes

Editor’s note: October 15 is White Cane Safety Day, so this month is a good time to talk about what you need to know about white canes and how useful they are when you are blind or visually impaired. This post is the third in our series on white cane awareness.  To find out about the history of the … Continued

Free White Cane Training at Leader Dogs for the Blind

Editor’s note: This post is the second in our series leading up to White Cane Safety Day on October 15.  Be sure to read the first: October 15: White Cane Safety Day – VisionAware. Not Just a Guide Dog School  Leader Dogs for the Blind in Michigan is dedicated to preparing people with vision impairments to travel safely and independently with either … Continued

October 1 – The International Day of Older Persons

In 1991, the United Nations (UN) adopted October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons.  According to the UN’s webpage on international observances, “By creating special observances, the United Nations promotes international awareness and action on these issues…International days are occasions to educate the general public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources … Continued

Plaquenil and Your Eyes

Recently the APH ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line received questions about the effects of Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine sulfate) on your eyes. This is of particular interest during the pandemic as Plaquenil has been discussed as a possible treatment for COVID-19. It was approved by the FDA for a short time as an emergency treatment for the virus at the beginning of the pandemic, until … Continued