Braille Tutoring Device

Editor’s note: January 4 is designated as International World Braille Day, recognizing Louis Braille, born that day in 1809. Braille was the creator of the braille code, which revolutionized reading and writing for people who are blind throughout the world. Over the past 200 plus years, many tools have been developed helping people learn to … Continued

WeWalk: Smart Cane and Navigational App

Editor’s note: This post is part of a series VisionAware is doing during White Cane Awareness Month. Be sure to read our post on October 15: White Cane Safety Day – VisionAware in which we describe the history of the day and how it has evolved since it was first proclaimed a national day by President Johnson in 1964. It’s a great time to … Continued

Google’s Lookout App: Your Android Swiss Army Knife

You’ve heard about Microsoft’s Seeing AI App, and all the cool stuff it does on the iPhone: it reads printed text, scans labels, describes scenes, and more! But what if you have an Android phone and Seeing AI doesn’t run on Android? Well, now the wait is over for the Android version. Google’s Lookout app is here with many of the same features, just a tried-and-true Swiss Army knife, Lookout has many useful tools.  Opening the App  Until recently, Lookout … Continued

Celebrating National Book Lovers Day

 National Book Lovers Day is observed every year on August 9. It’s a great opportunity to roll up my sleeves and dive into one of my favorite pastimes, reading! For individuals who’ve experienced a recent vision loss, reading may be a particularly sensitive topic. As a vision rehabilitation therapist, one of the things I hear most often from clients is the challenge of reading the newspaper, magazines, and of course, … Continued

Downloads and Gadgets for Dad for Father’s Day

  Father’s Day is upon us and you needed some gift ideas yesterday! Here’s a short list of really helpful downloads and gadgets for your father who has everything but perfect vision.  iOS Access for All  iOS Access for All by Shelly Brisbin is one of the best books you’ll find on using an iPhone or iPad with the accessibility … Continued

Review of Online Guide: “Smartphone Apps and Resources for People with Vision Loss or Impairment”

That smartphone in your hand may be even smarter than you think. In fact, there’s a good chance it has a screen magnifier built right in to enlarge the text and images on the screen and text-to-speech capabilities to read the text on the screen, like your emails or a webpage. Before going further, it’s worth pointing out that as smart as they are, these … Continued

Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Appreciation Week: Celebrate Their Work with People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT) Appreciation Week is observed each year the week of Anne Sullivan’s birthday, on April 14, 1866. This year VRT Week will be observed the week of April 11-18, 2021. We all recognize Anne Sullivan as the Home Teacher who instructed Helen Keller on the skills she would later use as a world renown writer and lecturer. Sullivan’s profession, … Continued

Braille Roundup: Reading by the Dots

January is braille awareness month. VisionAware has already celebrated this month and Louis Braille’s birthday with a blog post by Lenore Dillon and a webinar, “Dots or Not”, featuring AccessWorld authors Bill Holton and Deborah Kendrick. But I wanted to tell you more.  There are many misunderstandings about braille. A few years ago, in Four Misconceptions to Learning and Reading Braille, I said, “It’s been my experience, with the occasional exception, … Continued

Man in suit holding small sign that says ADA Americans With Disabilities Act

How the ADA Has Affected My Life

At the time the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed in 1990, I recall thinking this legislation was entirely appropriate, “the right thing to do,” an expansion of equal rights. At the time, it was all theoretical for me. I didn’t have any skin in that game to speak of. Diagnosed with Vision Loss Two … Continued