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

The ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line: A Lifeline for People with Vision Loss

Editor’s note: This post was written by Alan Lovell, Information and Referral Coordinator for the APH ConnectCenter. Alan often receives calls that are especially good examples of what we strive to do in the ConnectCenter and from time to time he’ll share them here on the blog. I receive calls to the APH ConnectCenter’s I&R … Continued

A Tribute to Veterans with Disabilities

Editor’s note: November 11 is Veterans Day, and VisionAware is honoring those who have served us with this special tribute from VisionAware Peer Advisor DeAnna Noriega. For further information, VisionAware has an entire section devoted to Veterans including services, resources, and personal stories about veterans with vision loss. A Tribute to Veterans with Disabilities By … Continued

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The Road to Independence through Remote Learning

Celebrate Independence Day by regaining yours if you’ve lost vision. You may think that’s not possible, especially now with COVID-19 concerns. Lenore Dillon, Vision Rehabilitation Therapist and VisionAware Peer Advisor, puts these fears to rest in this series on remaining independent with vision loss while learning remotely. Anyone who has recently been diagnosed with vision … Continued

Including Yourself in a Faith Community as a Person with a Visual Impairment

When you lose vision, at first it might feel like you are unable to participate fruitfully in a faith community. Whether you’re new or a long-term member, some aspects of congregation life that you’ve always taken for granted can suddenly feel uncomfortable as a worshipper with blindness or visual impairment. Who’s saying hello? What are … Continued

You Cane Give: Making an Amazing Difference

Editor’s Note: James Boehm, VisionAware Peer Advisor, recently participated in a special mission to give blind residents of Kenya and Africa independence, mobility training and a new hope. He wanted to share through VisionAware his personal experience with the White Cane Initiative’s Team’s work. Other team members included Paul Mugambi, Hilda Mulandi, Laureen Agola, Karen … Continued