WWII Blinded Veteran Has Special Connection to NASA

Editor’s note: In honor of Veteran’s Day on November 11, APH VisionAware brings you this exciting story about a Veteran and his experience both in WWII and the space program. On November 14, 2022, several WW blinded veterans are invited to Kennedy Space Center to observe the Artemis I Moon mission. It is a unique … 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

An Introduction to APH Huntington: A Program to Enhance Resources and Outcomes for a Rural Area

APH Huntington Launches In July 2020, the American Printing House for the Blind launched APH Huntington – a new program developed to provide technology and other trainings to people who are blind or low vision in Cabell and Wayne Counties in West Virginia. With an inaugural grant from the James H. and Alice Teubert Charitable … Continued

Retired U.S. Navy Petty Officer Loses Vision- Keeps His Career on Course

Editor’s note: Read Captain Benjamin Keeley’s story to learn about his career journey after retiring from the U.S. Navy and losing his vision. His story commemorates three days: Hire a Veteran Day is July 25, and both National Disability Independence Day and the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are July 26. … Continued

DeafBlind Awareness Week: Celebrating Helen Keller: Her life, her achievements, and her indelible influence 

Editor’s note: Amy Lynn Smith shares about Helen Keller’s life and work in recognition of Helen Keller DeafBlind Awareness Week 2022, June 26- July 2. May we remember Helen’s legacy and recognize how, even today, those who are blind, low vision, or DeafBlind are influenced by her legacy.  The story of Helen Keller has been … Continued

Age My Way: Celebrate Older Americans Month in May

The Administration on Community Living (ACL), who administers the Older Americans Act (OAA),recently announced the theme for Older Americans Month (May 2022) is Age My Way. The theme epitomizes ways older adults can remain in and stay involved with their communities. This theme is especially relevant for older people adjusting to vision changes, who often … Continued

Glaucoma: An Eye Condition with Worldwide Impact 

VisionAware has just updated our Glaucoma Information. Why? Because people who are living with this eye condition need creditable information and resources. And…  Glaucoma Affects Millions of People  According to the National Eye Institute, from 2010 to 2050, the number of people in the U.S. with glaucoma is expected to increase by more than double, … Continued

February—Low Vision Awareness Month

Why is Low Vision Awareness Month important to VisionAware readers? The numbers of older people with low vision are increasing and are projected to grow dramatically over the next several years. As noted by the National Eye Institute, “The good news is that vision rehabilitation services can help people with vision impairment learn how to stay … Continued

Do I Know You? Figuring Out Who Just Said “Hello”

by Elizabeth L. Sammons and Empish J. Thomas Every reader of this post has surely experienced forgetting names or failing to recognize someone. However, many sighted people can say, “But I never forget a face.” Since our blindness community doesn’t share this ability, we wanted to discuss issues around recognizing friends or identifying strangers. Elizabeth: … Continued