Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center: A Resource for All

By Sylvia Stinson-Perez The Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC) is focused on agencies promoting independence, community involvement, and the well-being of older individuals who are blind. It is a part of the National Research & Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC). The OIB-TAC provides a variety of training and technical … Continued

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How the ADA Has Affected My Life

At the time the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed in 1990, I recall thinking this legislation was entirely appropriate, “the right thing to do,” an expansion of equal rights. At the time, it was all theoretical for me. I didn’t have any skin in that game to speak of. Diagnosed with Vision Loss Two … Continued

The ADA in the Age of COVID-19

With the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act approaching, it is important to reflect on how this pandemic has affected the independence and rights of people with disabilities, and the importance of advocacy to make freedom ring through continued accessibility of basic necessities. To learn about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on … Continued

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The Road to Independence through Remote Learning

Celebrate Independence Day by regaining yours if you’ve lost vision. You may think that’s not possible, especially now with COVID-19 concerns. Lenore Dillon, Vision Rehabilitation Therapist and VisionAware Peer Advisor, puts these fears to rest in this series on remaining independent with vision loss while learning remotely. Anyone who has recently been diagnosed with vision … Continued

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My Dad: The Tree Man

My earliest recollection of my dad was hearing the sound of a chainsaw outside my bedroom window. He worked as a lineman for our town electric company and helped run the power plant. But his real passion? Cutting down trees. In Northwest Pennsylvania, “tree felling” has always served as a lucrative profession.   Dad started … Continued

Maribel and her father sitting together, her father proudly holding up a copy of her book

Father’s Day Poems from the Heart

For Father’s Day, VisionAware Peers share tributes in quite different but touching ways. Maribel Steel Maribel Steel poetically and appreciatively thanks her Dad for his skillful editing of her writings. Flattery Gets You Everywhere My father, Brian, shares a passion for the craft of writing. He is a well-seasoned author and linguist and is one … Continued

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My Experience Using Zoom for a Telehealth Appointment

After my primary care physician cancelled my appointment in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was not sure about meeting again. I had not been sick, and this was just a routine checkup. Things have been up and down and every day something new happens with this virus. So, I decided to wait patiently, … Continued

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Celebrating Our Mothers on Mother’s Day, No Matter the Distance

This is an especially bittersweet Mother’s Day while social distancing is still in effect. The VisionAware Peers share warm thoughts of mothers and celebrate their meaning in our lives, across the miles, across the years, or just six feet away! Flowering My Children on Mother’s Day by Maribel Steel At this time of uncertainty, while … Continued