The Bitter and Sweet of Vision Loss

Editor’s note: Maribel wrote this post for the International Day of People with Disabilities, which occurs on December 3. According to the organizers, “It is a day for optimism – to look towards the future and the creation of a world where a person is not characterized by their disabilities, but by their abilities.” Creating … Continued

Cooking for the Holidays When You Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Whether you’re making a meal, taking a dish to a party, preparing treats to have on hand if visitors drop in, or creating gifts to please the palette, with proper planning these don’t have to be holiday stressors!  What to Fix   With low or no vision, what is your skill level?  By evaluating what you can easily do, you can … Continued

2021 Holiday Gift Ideas for People Who Are Blind or Low Vision

Compiled by Katie Frederick, VisionAware Digital Content Manager Editor’s Note: For more ideas about gifting to your friends and family with vision loss, listen to our gift giving webinar in which VisionAware Peer Advisors and special guest presenters shared their favorite holiday gift giving ideas. Also read their suggested list of gifts. The Holidays Are … Continued

Solving Problems in the Bakery as a Visually Impaired Employee

Kneading Dough and Seeking Out Baker’s Dozen When I accepted the position at the bakery, discussed in my recent blog post on job hunting, I knew challenges would rise – just like bread!  But the Human Resources manager assured me, “Your supervisor will work with you.”  With a ‘can-do’ attitude, I figured I couldn’t go wrong. Could I?  In theory, I was not afraid of rolling up my sleeves and working with my colleagues to make them aware … Continued

Book Review: “NOW I SEE…”

I recently read the moving memoir NOW I SEE: How I Battled Blindness, Mental Illness, an Espresso Habit and Lived to Tell the Tale by peer advisor Mariagrazia Buttitta.  I encourage you to read the book as well as Mariagrazia’s personal story, which as a new peer advisor, she has written for VisionAware. The Beginning … Continued

Experiencing Art with Vision Loss in the Film “Straight Off the Canvas”

Editor’s note: Although this film is not available for public viewing at this time, this review of the film and the one completed by Elizabeth Sammons, give the reader insights into the fulfillment that art can bring to the creator, whether blind or sighted, and how important it is to encourage artistic talent in children and adults.  The reviews also … Continued

Film review: Viewpoint Blurred but Vivid in “Straight Off the Canvas”

Editor’s note:  Although this film is not available for public viewing at this time, this review of the film and the concurrent post by Empish Thomas, provide great information about the world of art for people with vision loss and the importance of audio description (voicing of titles and nonverbal actions for nonvisual viewers) to enable viewers who … Continued