Enjoying Summer Events When Blind or Low Vision and Using a White Cane

by Melanie Peskoe and Maribel Steel Summer is a time of year filled with outdoor gatherings. Generally, they involve food, drinks, lots of sitting and chatting, and perhaps even some games on the lawn. Typically, the meal is potluck style where everyone brings their favorite dish to share, and drinks are served in those ever-present … Continued

Perspectives on Parenting When Blind or Low Vision

   by Dayle Kane and Elizabeth Sammons                     Editor’s note: Just in time for Mother’s Day, two APH VisionAware peers contribute their considerations, advice, tips, and tricks for other parents or prospective parents who are blind or low vision.  Elizabeth counts the costs of parenting   I never wanted children. My international life felt complete without … Continued

Healthy Vision Month: Learn About Age-Related Eye Conditions

It’s Older Americans Month as well as Healthy Vision Month. This year’s Healthy Vision Month focus is on protecting vision together as a family and finding out about resources for access to eye care. In preparation for Healthy Vision Month, Dr. Sefy Paulose recently updated our eye conditions section, and Dr. Paulose will be presenting … Continued

Look For a Fun Fidget? Try Origami!

by Lisamaria Martinez  Origami of two birds Editor’s Note:  Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding offers a great crafty way to create art and keep your hands busy just about anywhere!  Lisamaria Martinez has created instructions for the blind and visually impaired to be able to join in the fun!  If you want to … Continued

Glaucoma: An Eye Condition with Worldwide Impact 

VisionAware has just updated our Glaucoma Information. Why? Because people who are living with this eye condition need creditable information and resources. And…  Glaucoma Affects Millions of People  According to the National Eye Institute, from 2010 to 2050, the number of people in the U.S. with glaucoma is expected to increase by more than double, … Continued

What’s Happening at the American Foundation for the Blind  

By Melanie Peskoe  Editor’s Note: The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a valuable APH ConnectCenter partner whose policy, advocacy, and research initiatives positively affect people who are blind or low vision. Learn about their latest efforts in meeting their mission, “creating a world of no limits for people who are blind or visually … Continued

February—Low Vision Awareness Month

Why is Low Vision Awareness Month important to VisionAware readers? The numbers of older people with low vision are increasing and are projected to grow dramatically over the next several years. As noted by the National Eye Institute, “The good news is that vision rehabilitation services can help people with vision impairment learn how to stay … Continued

Do I Know You? Figuring Out Who Just Said “Hello”

by Elizabeth L. Sammons and Empish J. Thomas Every reader of this post has surely experienced forgetting names or failing to recognize someone. However, many sighted people can say, “But I never forget a face.” Since our blindness community doesn’t share this ability, we wanted to discuss issues around recognizing friends or identifying strangers. Elizabeth: … Continued