January Is Glaucoma Awareness Month

VisionAware partners with the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) to provide important resources and updated information about glaucoma and other eye conditions.  According to NEHEP, glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States, and it has no early symptoms. Therefore, half of those who have glaucoma are not … Continued

Accessible Devices for Managing Medications with Low or No Vision

by Kim Ladd, RN, BS, CPHQ, CDCES Editor’s note: Please join us for our upcoming webinar on Resources for Managing Medications with Low or No Vision, January 19, 2022 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. eastern. Please register. ACVREP credit will be offered.   Effectively Managing Medications If you have a chronic disease, like diabetes, effectively managing … Continued

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

Braille Literacy Month: Emergent Literacy for Individuals Who Are Blind or Deafblind

Have you ever thought about how people learn? As I have written on previously (for instance, in the blog Explore an Orchard with Your Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired), and as you have no doubt witnessed in your own learning endeavors and when teaching your child(ren), individuals learn when they are able to make connections.  People aren’t blank slates on which we simply download or impart information; individuals understand concepts … Continued

VisionAware Highlights for 2021

Topics That Have Resonated with Readers   COVID-19, of course, is the big news anywhere you turn, and VisionAware has responded to this crisis for people who are blind or visually impaired by offering content on staying safe, finding transportation, maintaining your household, and looking out for your eyes. VisionAware uses tags for our blog content and has a great search function, so you should be able to find … 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

Older Driver Awareness Week and Vision Loss

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), along with the Clearing House for Older Road User Safety, has designated the week of December 6-10, 2021, as Older Driver Safety Awareness Week. According to the NHTSA, “Between 2010 and 2019, the U.S. population of people 65 and older increased by 34%, with the number of people … 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