Aira: A New and Exciting Access Service for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Aira (pronounced “EYE-rah”) has made quite a debut on the access technology scene recently. It has impressed the likes of CSUN2017, Assistive Media, Inc., and won “Best in Show” honors at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. I learned about Aira at this year’s American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference, and it wowed me … Continued

During Older Americans Month, Meet the Challenges of Aging with Vision Loss

How Can We Add More “Life” to Our Life? Science and medicine have added more years to our life, but how can we add more “life” to our years? Growing older is not just about loss and decline, it can bring new opportunities and adventures. We all want to age gracefully and maintain our independence, … Continued

Are You at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes? Take the Test!

Editor’s note: Audrey Demmitt, VisionAware peer advisor and R.N., reminds everyone of the risk of diabetes and what you should know. Could you be the one in three American adults who is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes? Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness among working age adults, and that’s why VisionAware is … Continued

Senior Center Without Walls: Opportunities for Connection and Community from Your Home

As you enjoy the holidays and start thinking about next year, I am sure that you are considering what’s ahead. Based on my experiences, I highly recommend that you consider involvement in the Senior Center Without Walls (now known as Covia Well Connected), as a volunteer and/or participant. Find out why! What is Senior Center … Continued

Have Diabetes? Education, Guidance, and Support Are Essential

 Updated November, 2021, by Audrey Demmitt RN, BSN  American Diabetes Month The American Diabetes Association (ADA) celebrates American Diabetes Month every November. Their mission is to empower, educate, and support people living with diabetes in order to improve health outcomes and quality of life. Did you know that according to the ADA, “one in three people in the United States has … Continued

The Bookshelf: The Challenge of Creating Blind Characters

Writers for centuries have created blind characters as literary devices, symbols, or simply for the challenge of it. Often they make these characters either extraordinary with special talents or helpless and tragic. In literature, the representation of blindness serves to illustrate cultural themes and values but rarely is it accurate or realistic. We end up … Continued

What Does It Take to Become a Guide Dog?

Guide dog schools everywhere are committed to the mission of producing, training, and matching skilled guide dogs with handlers who are visually impaired, to provide safe and independent mobility. The mission is multi-faceted and requires a huge investment of time, talent, and money. Transforming a little ball of fur into a responsible and disciplined working … Continued

Stay Active and Keep Your Sense of Adventure Alive at Hull Park

Editor’s note: It’s Active Aging Week. The theme this year is "Explore the possibilities." Audrey Demmitt explores a "new possibility" and writes about it in a post that is a great testimonial to the ways we can all keep active and explore our "sense of adventure." "The word recreation really is a very beautiful word. … Continued

The Bookshelf: Reading Books on Blindness and Learning About the Experiences of Others

Reading Books on Blindness Reading is still a pleasure I enjoy every day. The beauty of talking books is that I can multi-task as I listen to my latest selection on BARD. In fact, I can carry around my iPhone filled with downloaded books from my ambitious reading list and listen as I fold clothes, … Continued