Vacationing in our Nation’s Capital as a Person Who is Blind

I took this trip to our nation’s capital and wrote about it in 2014. I decided it’s time to remind blind and low vision readers about the historical sites to visit in Washington DC and how they can enjoy themselves. My Trip I have been to Washington, DC on several occasions, but those trips were … Continued

Seven Reasons for Blind or Low Vision Readers to Love Your Local Public Library

  February is National Library Lovers Month focusing on reading and the institutions that provide books. It is a time to honor and recognize the important role that libraries play in our communities. For those of us who are blind or low vision and enjoy books, there are three libraries that provide access to great … Continued

Ever Lee Hairston Shares Her Ambitious Life Journey of Blindness

Editor’s note: In honor of Black History month, which is celebrated in February, this post was revised slightly and reprinted from Empish Thomas’s personal blog. In the post, Empish reviews Ever Lee Hairston’s book Blind Ambition: One Woman’s Journey to Greatness Despite Her Blindness.  The first time I heard about Ever Lee Hairston was several … Continued

Clean Hands are Critical to People with Vision Loss

My Hands and Blindness I never realized how important my hands were until I went totally blind. Now don’t get me wrong. Of course, I knew my hands were vital to my life because I used them daily to accomplish many things. For example, dressing, cooking, cleaning, writing, carrying things, even dialing my landline phone … Continued

Visually Impaired Viewers Have a Jolly Good Time Watching Audio Described Holiday Movies

Watching Movies Is Part of The Holiday Season Cuddling up with a mug of hot cocoa or the classic holiday three flavor popcorn tin on the sofa and watching a slew of Christmas movies is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Everyone knows that watching a heartwarming holiday flick is one of … Continued

Experiencing Art with Vision Loss in the Film “Straight Off the Canvas”

Editor’s note: Although this film is not available for public viewing at this time, this review of the film and the one completed by Elizabeth Sammons, give the reader insights into the fulfillment that art can bring to the creator, whether blind or sighted, and how important it is to encourage artistic talent in children and adults.  The reviews also … Continued

Cool Down This Summer with Five Microwave Cooking Hacks

I use the microwave mostly for heating foods, but not for actual cooking. It comes in handy for warming up a nice mug of cocoa during cold winter months or for reheating leftovers and popping my all-time favorite snack, a buttery bag of popcorn, to munch on while watching an audio described movie. Otherwise, it sits on the kitchen counter doing double duty as a quick device for heating foods and as a place holder for my vitamins, memo pads and other odds and ends. But when I … Continued

Book Review of “When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes”

The title of the book When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes: Vision Loss & Personal Recovery immediately grabbed me. My curiosity was peaked because when you are dealing with a visual impairment you honestly can’t believe what you are seeing all the time. In my 20+ years of total blindness, I have learned to depend on everything else but my vision such as my other senses, … Continued

Diagnosed with Eye Disease I Couldn’t Spell, Pronounce or Find Online: Vogt Koyanagi Harada Syndrome

Editor’s note: In observance of Rare Disease Day on February 28, Empish Thomas, VisionAware Peer, has written  this post about her rare autoimmune condition characterized by chronic, bilateral uveitis. An image of the parts of the eye most affected is shown below. Getting the Diagnosis I am sure you have heard of common eye conditions like glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. You … Continued