Exemptions and Special Assistance for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

As a result of advocacy efforts over the years, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act, the federal government and many states offer assistance and exemptions for people who are blind or visually impaired. These cut across many areas of life, and we cover a few examples below. You may also want to read our post Everyday Implications of the ADA for People with Vision … Continued

Independence Day—the Freedom to Choose to be Independent

Over the years the VisionAware Peer Advisors have observed this holiday by writing about what independence means not only for our country but for people with vision loss. This year, we’re compiling some of their most insightful thoughts.   Angela Whitfield, former VisionAware Peer Advisor, wrote July is a Powerful Month of Independence, observing that, “…We started the month with Independence Day- the day we … Continued

Book Review of “When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes”

The title of the book When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes: Vision Loss & Personal Recovery immediately grabbed me. My curiosity was peaked because when you are dealing with a visual impairment you honestly can’t believe what you are seeing all the time. In my 20+ years of total blindness, I have learned to depend on everything else but my vision such as my other senses, … Continued

Feelings Matter

Editor’s note: Please join us on May 20 at 2:00PM ET for a panel discussion with Becky and other professionals to discuss words, feelings, and so much more! Please register and learn more.    Importance of Processing Feelings in Healthy Ways  Our feelings matter. According to Brene Brown, when we deny our emotions, they own us. As the Clinical Director of Resilient Solutions, … Continued

Launch of National Public Awareness on Vision Loss Campaign: Time to Be Bold

  Meet a VisionAware national partner, the Independent Living Older Individuals who are Blind, Technical Assistance Center of the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University (OIB-TAC). The OIB-TAC provides training and technical assistance activities to state program staff that serve older people with vision loss.  Among other services, they offer continuing education courses that address aging and vision loss related topics. Additionally, … Continued

Getting Started When You Are New to Vision Loss: Part One

Vision loss can happen suddenly or gradually in adulthood. Each eye disease has a characteristic pattern of loss and progression, so the impact is very individual from person to person. Total and sudden vision loss is very traumatic, and it requires immediate interventions and training. However, many eye conditions impair vision slowly and often in stages. This type of progression provides its own challenges. More often adults with … Continued

Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Appreciation Week: Celebrate Their Work with People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT) Appreciation Week is observed each year the week of Anne Sullivan’s birthday, on April 14, 1866. This year VRT Week will be observed the week of April 11-18, 2021. We all recognize Anne Sullivan as the Home Teacher who instructed Helen Keller on the skills she would later use as a world renown writer and lecturer. Sullivan’s profession, … Continued

The Aging and Vision Loss National Coalition Needs You!

Losing vision later in life is an overlooked yet rapidly growing public health crisis, which has been exacerbated by COVID-19. The Aging and Vision Loss National Coalition plans to address this looming crisis and bring attention to aging and vision loss at the highest levels. The purpose of the Aging & Vision Loss National Coalition, administered … Continued