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

My Take on Self-Advocacy: Five Tips to Remember

Editor’s note:  Be sure to register for our webinar on Self-Advocacy and Low Vision on July 26.    By: Cindy Schaffner, VisionAware Peer Advisor As Melanie Peskoe noted in her recent post on self-awareness, self-advocacy can be a common struggle for people who are blind or visually impaired. Having the confidence, courage, and know-how to speak up for your rights, needs, and accommodations can be mentally … Continued

Self-awareness and Honey: A Recipe for Self-advocacy

Editor’s note:  Be sure to register for our webinar on Self-Advocacy and Low Vision on July 26.  by Melanie Peskoe This July 26th marks the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Since its passage in 1990, we’ve seen a lot of positive changes in the United States related to how people with disabilities are received in public, private, and online … Continued

The ADA and COVID-19 in 2021: the Journey Forward

In 2020, the American Printing House for the Blind, the American Foundation for the blind and 13 other vision-related U.S. organizations and companies, carried out the “Flatten Inaccessibility” survey to determine how critical areas of life were affected by the pandemic for people with vision loss. Several segments of life were included, among them technology, transportation, healthcare, social experiences, and access to food and supplies. Some … Continued

What’s She Having?

Editor’s note:  Be sure to register for our webinar on Self-Advocacy and Low Vision on July 26 (ADA’s 31st birthday!)   Have you heard that one before? I bet you have, and I have too! It happened like this. A good friend and I were sitting down to lunch at this wonderful, quaint little place that had received a lot … Continued

Exemptions and Special Assistance for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

As a result of advocacy efforts over the years, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act, the federal government and many states offer assistance and exemptions for people who are blind or visually impaired. These cut across many areas of life, and we cover a few examples below. You may also want to read our post Everyday Implications of the ADA for People with Vision … Continued

At Your Service for 30 Years: The ADA National Network

This year is the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. The ADA National Network , formed in 1991, celebrates 30 years of service as the nation’s provider of guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act. The purpose of the ADA law is to prohibit discrimination against individuals with … Continued

Everyday Implications of the ADA for People with Vision Loss

The ADA has five major areas of concentration: employment, transportation, state and local government, public accommodations, and telecommunications. In this post, the VisionAware Peer Advisors address how the ADA has affected their everyday lives in many of those areas. ADA and the Internet Steve Kelley Imagine for a moment your internet access just stops—the information … Continued

Independence Day—the Freedom to Choose to be Independent

Over the years the VisionAware Peer Advisors have observed this holiday by writing about what independence means not only for our country but for people with vision loss. This year, we’re compiling some of their most insightful thoughts.   Angela Whitfield, former VisionAware Peer Advisor, wrote July is a Powerful Month of Independence, observing that, “…We started the month with Independence Day- the day we … Continued

I Found a Sight Loss Support Group! Now What?

Editor’s note: Please join us for a panel discussion, Practical Steps to Independence When You’re New to Vision Loss, on July 7 at 5:00PM ET. To learn more and register please visit our webinars page.   Also, read about our featured support group and agency The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington DC. Getting Started Breaking the … Continued

Navigating the Gym with Vision Loss

by Marana Vradenburg, Certified Personal Trainer   Imagine all the things you hear when you walk into a gym: people talking, music playing, weights clanging, people running, walking, or climbing on various types of equipment. For someone who is blind or visually impaired a gym can be a challenging space to navigate, especially considering that equipment is constantly rearranged or left … Continued