The APH ConnectCenter Transition Hub Launch

August is an exciting time here at the APH ConnectCenter as we announce the new look of our rebranded websites (FamilyConnect, APH CareerConnect, and VisionAware) and the launch of the brand-new website: APH ConnectCenter Transition Hub.  Our new look is dynamic, high contrast with our websites still offering a wealth of curated resources on all aspects of living, learning, and working with vision loss. You will have the ability … 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

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

The ADA and COVID-19 in 2021: the Journey Forward

In 2020, the American Printing House for the Blind, the American Foundation for the blind and 13 other vision-related U.S. organizations and companies, carried out the “Flatten Inaccessibility” survey to determine how critical areas of life were affected by the pandemic for people with vision loss. Several segments of life were included, among them technology, transportation, healthcare, social experiences, and access to food and supplies. Some … Continued

Exemptions and Special Assistance for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

As a result of advocacy efforts over the years, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act, the federal government and many states offer assistance and exemptions for people who are blind or visually impaired. These cut across many areas of life, and we cover a few examples below. You may also want to read our post Everyday Implications of the ADA for People with Vision … Continued

At Your Service for 30 Years: The ADA National Network

This year is the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. The ADA National Network , formed in 1991, celebrates 30 years of service as the nation’s provider of guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act. The purpose of the ADA law is to prohibit discrimination against individuals with … Continued

Everyday Implications of the ADA for People with Vision Loss

The ADA has five major areas of concentration: employment, transportation, state and local government, public accommodations, and telecommunications. In this post, the VisionAware Peer Advisors address how the ADA has affected their everyday lives in many of those areas. ADA and the Internet Steve Kelley Imagine for a moment your internet access just stops—the information … Continued

How You Can Monitor Your Blood Sugar Levels with Low or No Vision

Kim Ladd, RN, BS, CPHQ, CDCES   Editor’s note: To learn more and see a demo of the DexCom continuous glucose monitoring system, register for the upcoming webinar, Monitoring Your Blood Sugar Levels With Low or No Vision, on June 23 from 5:30PM to 7:00PM ET, featuring Kim Ladd and Marana Vradenburg.  You have low vision or no vision and are diagnosed with diabetes. Your doctor tells you that you need to … Continued

Reaching Out: Focus on Volunteering as a Blind or Visually Impaired Person

If you or a loved one is experiencing vision loss, you may think about things you used to enjoy that no longer seem feasible, especially activities that link you with other people as a volunteer or mentor. Let’s be honest. A few things might be tough, for example if you dreamed of teaching your grandchild how to drive or play umpire at a junior baseball league.  While some opportunities will … Continued