Hispanic Heritage and Albinism: Celebrating Diversity

by Amy Lynn Smith Editor’s note: Kayla Ludlow is a proud Latina who has low vision due to albinism. Having fair skin and hair, Kayla shares that those she meets don’t initially believe she is Hispanic. Kayla utilizes social media to educate the public on diversity. Kayla Ludlow loves being a Latina. She’s proud of … Continued

Additional Disabilities: When Blindness Isn’t the Only Barrier in Dog Guide Training

by Alexis Read Editor’s note: Alexis Read shares the importance of selecting a dog guide school that will tailor training and tools to your specific abilities.  I was born with a visual impairment and other disabilities that affected me physically and neurologically.  My visual impairment hinders both my central and peripheral vision, which causes complications … Continued

Social Isolation and Loneliness: Major Risks Factors for Older People

Social isolation and loneliness are major concerns for older people in general but have particular significance for older people who are blind or low vision, as detailed in a recent article on VisionAware. What Do We Mean by Social Isolation and Loneliness? Social isolation has two components: physical and social. It occurs when people are … Continued

Baking Blind Christmas Booklet

By Penny Melville–Brown Just in time for the holidays, Penny Melville-Brown, featured on VisionAware in Maribel Steel’s post Two Blind Cooks in My Kitchen, is excited to announce her Baking Blind cookbook is scheduled for release in the spring of 2022.   In her forward she writes:  “During the months of the pandemic, I’ve been posting recipes for my “Covid cookbook” and, with the support of Open Sight Hampshire, … Continued

Accessible Cell Phones with Keypads

By Hannah Fairbairn, Author of When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes Editor’s note: A version of this post appears on Hannah’s blog and is published on VisionAware. Links to Hannah Fairbairn’s book, When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes, and the webinar she did for VisionAware are at the end of this post. She hopes this post will be helpful in choosing gifts for the holidays and other occasions. … Continued

2021 Holiday Gift Ideas for People Who Are Blind or Low Vision

Compiled by Katie Frederick, VisionAware Digital Content Manager Editor’s Note: For more ideas about gifting to your friends and family with vision loss, listen to our gift giving webinar in which VisionAware Peer Advisors and special guest presenters shared their favorite holiday gift giving ideas. Also read their suggested list of gifts. The Holidays Are … Continued

November 11 is Veterans Day

November 11 is Veterans Day, and VisionAware is honoring the veterans who have served us throughout the years, as well as highlighting the services that are available for veterans with vision loss. Services for Veterans with Vision Loss These services are housed in Blind Rehabilitation Services (BRS) at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). … Continued