The ADA in the Age of COVID-19

With the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act approaching, it is important to reflect on how this pandemic has affected the independence and rights of people with disabilities, and the importance of advocacy to make freedom ring through continued accessibility of basic necessities. To learn about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on … Continued

Book Review: “Seeking Solace: Finding Joy After Loss”

Editor’s note:  This review is part of our series on Reading to Enhance Mental Health and Well Being. Forget the old adage that says, “Don’t judge a book by its cover!” The cover of VisionAware Peer Advisor Amy Bovaird’s third book could indeed be judged by its cover, and the assessment would most likely be … Continued

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The Road to Independence through Remote Learning

Celebrate Independence Day by regaining yours if you’ve lost vision. You may think that’s not possible, especially now with COVID-19 concerns. Lenore Dillon, Vision Rehabilitation Therapist and VisionAware Peer Advisor, puts these fears to rest in this series on remaining independent with vision loss while learning remotely. Anyone who has recently been diagnosed with vision … Continued

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My Dad: The Tree Man

My earliest recollection of my dad was hearing the sound of a chainsaw outside my bedroom window. He worked as a lineman for our town electric company and helped run the power plant. But his real passion? Cutting down trees. In Northwest Pennsylvania, “tree felling” has always served as a lucrative profession.   Dad started … Continued

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Father’s Day Poems from the Heart

For Father’s Day, VisionAware Peers share tributes in quite different but touching ways. Maribel Steel Maribel Steel poetically and appreciatively thanks her Dad for his skillful editing of her writings. Flattery Gets You Everywhere My father, Brian, shares a passion for the craft of writing. He is a well-seasoned author and linguist and is one … Continued

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My Experience Using Zoom for a Telehealth Appointment

After my primary care physician cancelled my appointment in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was not sure about meeting again. I had not been sick, and this was just a routine checkup. Things have been up and down and every day something new happens with this virus. So, I decided to wait patiently, … Continued

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Celebrating Our Mothers on Mother’s Day, No Matter the Distance

This is an especially bittersweet Mother’s Day while social distancing is still in effect. The VisionAware Peers share warm thoughts of mothers and celebrate their meaning in our lives, across the miles, across the years, or just six feet away! Flowering My Children on Mother’s Day by Maribel Steel At this time of uncertainty, while … Continued

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Macular Degeneration Treatments during the Coronavirus Pandemic

You may be worried about getting important treatments for your eye condition – especially if treatment is critical to saving vision. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Macular Degeneration Foundation (AMDF) offer advice to help patients navigate the changes in eye care during this coronavirus crisis. We summarize the experts here but … Continued

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The Joy of Reading While Waiting Out COVID-19

More Talking Books, please! Reading and Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT) Awareness Week got me thinking about Anne Sullivan, born 154 years ago, on April 14, 1866. As one of the pioneer VRTs, what might she do if she could not meet with her clients face-to-face? She might tell them about the National Library Service (NLS) … Continued