Job Hunting as a Person with Vision and Hearing Loss

Editor’s note: This is the second of our posts about National Disability Employment Awareness month (NDEAM), held each October. Be sure to read our first post Attaining Vocational Trainer Certification as a Blind Person – VisionAware  by peer Maribel Steel.       I had been looking for a secondary job for a year, mostly in the educational field—teaching English online or tutoring. I have a career background … Continued

Attaining Vocational Trainer Certification as a Blind Person

Editor’s note: October is National Disability Employment Awareness month (NDEAM). According to the Department of Labor,  “The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of …workers with disabilities.” In the spirit of this month and what it means to people with disabilities, Maribel Steel, who has retinitis pigmentosa, shares her journey in … Continued

Free White Cane Training at Leader Dogs for the Blind

Editor’s note: This post is the second in our series leading up to White Cane Safety Day on October 15.  Be sure to read the first: October 15: White Cane Safety Day – VisionAware. Not Just a Guide Dog School  Leader Dogs for the Blind in Michigan is dedicated to preparing people with vision impairments to travel safely and independently with either … Continued

How VisionAware Can Help People New to Vision Loss

Editor’s note: Several VisionAware peer advisors share their personal perspectives on getting started with vision loss. They encourage you to watch our new video about VisionAware and the resources that the site provides to people with vision loss, family members, and professionals. Also be sure to check out the Getting Started Guide, which provides excellent tips for living with vison loss.  Lenore Dillon  When I became a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT) … Continued

How Healthcare Workers Can Support People with Vision Loss

by Melanie Peskoe, VisionAware Peer Advisor My Experience with Healthcare A few times in my life when I’ve visited a healthcare facility or doctor’s office, I’ve been met with a less-than-ideal reception. It might start with the person at the front desk who asks me if I have someone with me to help. Sometimes I have someone with me … Continued

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu– My Preferred Martial Art for Self Defense

by Marana Vradenburg, VisionAware Peer Advisor Several years ago, I was walking home from the gym thinking about where I wanted to take my fitness journey. At the time, I was following a bodybuilding type program, and although I was getting stronger and improving my physique, I was feeling that it wasn’t very functional for me. I had been considering trying CrossFit since it seemed new and challenging but wasn’t sure. A staff member at … 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

Self-awareness and Honey: A Recipe for Self-advocacy

Editor’s note:  Be sure to register for our webinar on Self-Advocacy and Low Vision on July 26.  by Melanie Peskoe This July 26th marks the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Since its passage in 1990, we’ve seen a lot of positive changes in the United States related to how people with disabilities are received in public, private, and online … Continued