My Take on Self-Advocacy: Five Tips to Remember

Editor’s note:  Be sure to watch our archived  webinar on Self-Advocacy and Low Vision.  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 and emotionally challenging. … 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

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

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

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

How You Can Monitor Your Blood Sugar Levels with Low or No Vision

Kim Ladd, RN, BS, CPHQ, CDCES   Editor’s note: To learn more and see a demo of the DexCom continuous glucose monitoring system, register for the upcoming webinar, Monitoring Your Blood Sugar Levels With Low or No Vision, on June 23 from 5:30PM to 7:00PM ET, featuring Kim Ladd and Marana Vradenburg.  You have low vision or no vision and are diagnosed with diabetes. Your doctor tells you that you need to … Continued

My Experience Using a Continuous Glucose Monitor

Editor’s note: Be sure to register for our upcoming webinar, Monitoring Your Blood Sugar Levels With Low or No Vision on June 23 from 5:30PM-7:00PM ET, with Marana and Diabetes Nurse Educator, Kim Ladd.  Kim has also written a blog post, How You Can Monitor Your Blood Sugar Levels with Low or No Vision – VisionAware. By Marana Vradenburg, Certified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist My diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes came … Continued

The Benefits of Working

By Karen Shrawder, Work Incentives Practitioner with the California Department of Rehabilitation  We’ve all been gifted with knowledge, skills, and abilities that are meant to be used.  Using them is what truly gives us that wonderful feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction and that includes working! Many people are pondering the question “what are the benefits of working?” right now.    Just yesterday, I heard that there are … Continued

Low Vision Exam. What is it? Who Needs it? What Comes Next?

Editor’s note: Join us on June 15, 2021, @ 12:30 pm (EST), for the second of two webinars in which Dr. Alexis G. Malkin, OD, FAAO, and David Bradburn from HumanWare will provide an overview of assistive technology and services that help people with low vision perform everyday tasks. Using the state of Massachusetts as an example, the presenters will illustrate the needs, available services, and funding for 3 different groups, namely: … Continued

May Is Healthy Vision Month

Healthy Vision Month 2021: Eye on Health Equity  VisionAware joins with the National Eye Institute (NEI) in bringing attention to this important month. This year’s theme is the importance of increasing diversity in the eye health field — and how that can help everyone have an equal chance for healthy vision.   Healthy vision has many components:  Eat right. Try green and leafy vegetables and … Continued