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

November is Diabetes Month

Diabetic eye disease is a leading cause of blindness and often has no early warning signs. Early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up care are critical to prevent vision  loss.  During National Diabetes Month, the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) encourages you to learn how people with diabetes can protect their vision.   VisionAware provides you with information on managing your diabetes, including if you have vision loss through diabetic … Continued

Understanding the Different Types of Diabetes Medications Can Help Improve Your Health

by Kim Ladd, RN, CDCES, CPHQ Editor’s note: For National Diabetes Month, the VisionAware is offering a three-part series on diabetes medications. This series offers two pre-recorded presentations on diabetes medications along with a virtual webinar Q&A “chat” with presenter and Diabetes Educator, Kim Ladd, about the information she shares in Parts 1 and 2 of this series. The live Q&A will be held on November 17 … Continued

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