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

VisionAware Highlights for 2021

Topics That Have Resonated with Readers   COVID-19, of course, is the big news anywhere you turn, and VisionAware has responded to this crisis for people who are blind or visually impaired by offering content on staying safe, finding transportation, maintaining your household, and looking out for your eyes. VisionAware uses tags for our blog content and has a great search function, so you should be able to find … Continued

Free White Cane Training at Leader Dogs for the Blind

Editor’s note: This post is the second in our series leading up to White Cane Safety Day on October 15.  Be sure to read the first: October 15: White Cane Safety Day – VisionAware. Not Just a Guide Dog School  Leader Dogs for the Blind in Michigan is dedicated to preparing people with vision impairments to travel safely and independently with either … Continued

October 1 – The International Day of Older Persons

In 1991, the United Nations (UN) adopted October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons.  According to the UN’s webpage on international observances, “By creating special observances, the United Nations promotes international awareness and action on these issues…International days are occasions to educate the general public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources … Continued

How VisionAware Can Help People New to Vision Loss

Editor’s note: Several VisionAware peer advisors share their personal perspectives on getting started with vision loss. They encourage you to watch our new video about VisionAware and the resources that the site provides to people with vision loss, family members, and professionals. Also be sure to check out the Getting Started Guide, which provides excellent tips for living with vison loss.  Lenore Dillon  When I became a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT) … Continued

My Take on Self-Advocacy: Five Tips to Remember

Editor’s note:  Be sure to watch our archived  webinar on Self-Advocacy and Low Vision.  By: Cindy Schaffner, VisionAware Peer Advisor As Melanie Peskoe noted in her recent post on self-awareness, self-advocacy can be a common struggle for people who are blind or visually impaired. Having the confidence, courage, and know-how to speak up for your rights, needs, and accommodations can be mentally and emotionally challenging. … Continued