Instant Pot: A Tool for the Blind or Visually Impaired Cook

The Instant Pot, a Magnificent Obsession By Jeannie Johnson This would make an excellent Mother’s Day present. Here are some other great Mother’s Day gift ideas! The Instant Pot is one of the latest cooking crazes, and with good reason! Actually, it is just one of many brands of a small kitchen appliance called a … Continued

Designing a Public Bathroom for Ease of Navigation

In this post, it’s not necessary to provide one more "frantic public restroom" nightmare. We have included several examples in the post "Tips on Navigating Public Bathrooms with a Vision Impairment." You probably sighed and said, "Been there, done that," or just laughed out loud because you could identify completely with the situation. Even so, … Continued

Tips on Navigating Public Bathrooms with a Vision Impairment

By Peer Advisors Empish J. Thomas and Lynda Jones About a month ago VisionAware received an awkward but important question on the message boards. The person wanted to know about the best ways to access public bathrooms. Of course, going to the bathroom is something that we all must do but trying to figure out … Continued

Celebrate National Library Week with a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist

Get Ready to Read This Month at Your Local Library The week of April 8 through 14, 2018, is both National Library Week and Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Awareness Week. This is the perfect time to team up with the local library and a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT) to learn more about reading with vision loss. … Continued

Lynda Lambert Shares Prologue to Her Book “Walking by Inner Vision”

Editor’s Note: VisionAware Peer Advisor Mary Hiland recommended that VisionAware publish the prologue from Peer Advisor Lynda Lambert’s book, Walking by Inner Vision, as a follow up to Lynda’s excellent series on "Regaining a Creative Life After Vision Loss." Lynda has graciously agreed to this reprint of her work. In her recommendation, Mary observed that … Continued

Calendars for People with Vision Loss

by Neva Fairchild and Empish Thomas It’s that time of year when we need a new calendar, resolve to get organized, and commit to keeping track of appointments independently. If you have a visual impairment, this can be easier said than done. None of the calendars at the store have large enough numbers or letters, … Continued

Two Blind Cooks in My Kitchen!

"Food is the true universal language that breaks down barriers and brings us all together—no matter who, where, or what we are." — Penny Melville-Brown, Blind Baker and Holman Prize winner When I read a message on the VisionAware message board several months ago, I knew I had to reply. It was an announcement by … Continued

Four Lessons I Learned from Hurricane Irma

Editor’s note: September is National Preparedness Month. The theme this year is "Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can." With all of the weather emergencies taking place throughout the world during the past few weeks, Empish Thomas relates her recent experiences and lessons learned.   I must admit when Hurricane Irma hit, I was more focused … Continued

Dishwasher Users Beware: Check Twice Before Putting Soap in Your Machine

Editor’s note: This is part of our ongoing series, Laughter Is Often the Best Medicine. The contributors to this series hope their vignettes provide a chuckle, an "aha moment," or dispel myths about visual impairment for all readers. Am I in the Middle of a "Soap" Opera? I have used a dishwasher for many years. … Continued