Diabetes Education Can Help Lower Blood Sugars & Reduce the Risk of Diabetic Retinopathy

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of updated posts on living with diabetes and blindness or low vision, written by Audrey Demmitt, RN, BSN, a Diabetes Nurse Educator and APH  VisionAware Peer Advisor. As a primer to initiate Diabetes Awareness Month, Audrey introduced this topic with an overview of diabetes from head … Continued

Managing Diabetes from Head to Toe

Editor’s note: November is National Diabetes Month, and VisionAware is updating a series of posts on living with diabetes and blindness or low vision, written by Audrey Demmitt, RN, BSN, a Diabetes Nurse Educator and an APH VisionAware Peer Advisor. At age 25, Audrey was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa and continued to work as a nurse for 30 years … Continued

Tools You Can Use to Find Employment

Editor’s note: In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), DeAnna Quietwater Noriega shares tools she has used to find employment as a person who is blind. Any person who is blind or low vision and who has sought gainful employment knows how difficult this can be. Let’s think about the tools you can … Continued

What’s in a Tip? A Cane Tip that is…

Editor’s note: Have you ever wondered what the best cane tip is for an individual who is blind or low vision? The optimal tip for a long white cane depends on the environment in which it will be utilized (for example, a rough or smooth terrain), the cane technique one will utilize (for example, two-point … Continued

October 7: Ageism Awareness Day

The American Society on Aging is promoting this day to help reframe how we talk about aging and older people in a society where ageism is pervasive. Modeled after the United Nation’s International Day of Older Persons celebrated on Oct. 1, Ageism Awareness Day provides an opportunity to draw attention to the existence and impact of ageism … Continued

NDEAM: Suitable and Stylish Work Attire

Editor’s note:  It’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)! Let’s look at curating a workplace wardrobe that is tailored to your career, comfort, and style. What Do I Wear to Work? You landed the job (Congratulations!) and you’re wondering what you’ll wear to work, or you’re a seasoned professional who’s looking to refresh your workplace wardrobe. … Continued

Hispanic Heritage and Albinism: Celebrating Diversity

by Amy Lynn Smith Editor’s note: Kayla Ludlow is a proud Latina who has low vision due to albinism. Having fair skin and hair, Kayla shares that those she meets don’t initially believe she is Hispanic. Kayla utilizes social media to educate the public on diversity. Kayla Ludlow loves being a Latina. She’s proud of … Continued

Additional Disabilities: When Blindness Isn’t the Only Barrier in Dog Guide Training

by Alexis Read Editor’s note: Alexis Read shares the importance of selecting a dog guide school that will tailor training and tools to your specific abilities.  I was born with a visual impairment and other disabilities that affected me physically and neurologically.  My visual impairment hinders both my central and peripheral vision, which causes complications … Continued