Perspectives on Parenting When Blind or Low Vision

   by Dayle Kane and Elizabeth Sammons                     Editor’s note: Just in time for Mother’s Day, two APH VisionAware peers contribute their considerations, advice, tips, and tricks for other parents or prospective parents who are blind or low vision.  Elizabeth counts the costs of parenting   I never wanted children. My international life felt complete without … Continued

Celebrate National Library Week with a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist

Get Ready to Read This Month at Your Local Library The week of April 3 through 9, 2022 is National Library Week. Also. Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Awareness Week is the week of April 14. This is the perfect time to team up with the local library and a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT) to learn more … 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

What’s Happening at the American Foundation for the Blind  

By Melanie Peskoe  Editor’s Note: The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a valuable APH ConnectCenter partner whose policy, advocacy, and research initiatives positively affect people who are blind or low vision. Learn about their latest efforts in meeting their mission, “creating a world of no limits for people who are blind or visually … 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

Seven Reasons for Blind or Low Vision Readers to Love Your Local Public Library

  February is National Library Lovers Month focusing on reading and the institutions that provide books. It is a time to honor and recognize the important role that libraries play in our communities. For those of us who are blind or low vision and enjoy books, there are three libraries that provide access to great … Continued

Low Vision Exam. What is it? Who Needs it? What Comes Next?

Editor’s note: Join us on June 15, 2021, @ 12:30 pm (EST), for the second of two webinars in which Dr. Alexis G. Malkin, OD, FAAO, and David Bradburn from HumanWare will provide an overview of assistive technology and services that help people with low vision perform everyday tasks. Using the state of Massachusetts as an example, the presenters will illustrate the needs, available services, and funding for 3 different groups, namely: … 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

Low Vision Exam. What is it? Who Needs it? What Comes Next?

Editor’s note: Join us on March 31, 2021, @ 1:00 pm (EST), for the first a series of two webinars in which Dr. Alexis G. Malkin, OD, FAAO, and David Bradburn from HumanWare will discuss the importance of routine eye exams, low vision exams, and showcase low vision devices.  by Dr. Alexis G. Malkin, OD and David Bradburn, AT Specialist, HumanWare As we age, our … Continued

Five Steps for Adjusting to Low Vision

Editor’s note: Please plan to join our webinar on February 18, “Living with Low Vision: Insider Perspectives.” VisionAware peers with low vision will share their experiences of living with loss at different times in their lives including how they coped with their diagnosis and adjusted to life with vision loss.   I guess the most surprising thing … Continued