Is There Pride in Being Blind or Visually Impaired?

Editor’s note: As we approach Labor Day, a day that is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country, it is important to remember, that people who are blind or visually impaired need and want employment. This post brings up important issues to consider … Continued

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) 21st Century Agenda on Aging and Vision Loss Is Moving Forward!

The 21st Century Agenda on Aging and Vision Loss: Some Background AFB began a “national conversation” on aging and vision loss over a year ago in anticipation of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. As noted in our post on the outcome of the conference, AFB and other stakeholders have been extremely concerned that … Continued

Nurses with Disabilities Have Great Abilities, Part Two

Imagine after years of preparing to enter the workforce and finally landing your dream job, you begin to lose your vision. You feel defeated and everyone around you thinks you won’t be able to find gainful employment or continue to work. Despite the critics and those who doubt your ability, you must always remember that … Continued

The Scent of Small Business Success for Owners Who Are Visually Impaired

Home Business Built on Personal Passion Barry and Debra Carver are among a growing number of people who have joined the ranks of the self-employed. Together they own and operate their own home business, called MountainCrafted.com, a web store where they sell candles, shampoos, and other natural fragrance products they make themselves in their Smoky … Continued

The Challenges of Applying for a Job Online

Editor’s note: As we end the observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the peer advisors decided that another critical topic to address is how applying for a job has drastically changed and what they means to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Online Job Applications Are the New Norm As a visually impaired … Continued

Taking Your Disability to Work, Part 2: Peer Advisors Offer Advice

Author’s note: We are continuing our posts on National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This post provides advice from our Peer advisors on working with a disability. Be sure to read Part 1 of Taking Your Disability to Work. Audrey Demmitt I had been working as a school nurse for some time before I disclosed my … Continued

Taking Your Disability to Work: Part 1

Author’s note: Most of the peer advisors at VisionAware are working or have worked with their disability. In talking about what we should write for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we decided that a critical topic is what employers and fellow employees need to know about employees with disabilities. This post is divided into two … Continued

When Your Visual Impairment Isn’t Visible

The Temptation to Pretend We Don’t Have a Disability In honor of Invisible Disabilities Week, which falls from October 18 through October 24, I decided I would share a few thoughts about the temptation to pretend we don’t have a disability. What Is An Invisible Disability? According to the Invisible Disabilities Association, “the term invisible … Continued

Erik Weihenmayer Speaks Out about National Disability Employment Awareness Month

I am the American Foundation for the Blind’s CareerConnect Program Manager, which means that I manage our career exploration, job seeking skills, navigating the employment process, and e-mentoring program. APH CareerConnect is a part of the same AFB family of websites as VisionAware. I wanted to deliver a message from a friend to VisionAware readers … Continued

Top Ten Ways My Dog Guide Assists Me

Editor’s note: We continue to celebrate National Service Dog Month. This post is Audrey’s tribute to her dog guide Sophie and completes our series. Perfect for Each Other My guide dog Sophie is amazing. As we trained together to become a team, she wowed and captivated me with her sharp skills, attentive gaze, and beautiful … Continued