Remembering the Women in My Life

In honor of International Women’s Day, celebrated this year March 6-8, Deanna Quietwater Noriega, who has been blind since childhood, talks about the women in her life who have shaped who she is today. The theme this year is Educate. Enlighten. Empower. Deanna’s post embodies this theme as she discusses mentoring, self-advocacy, and overcoming adversity and opting “into life” as a whole person.  There … Continued

Diagnosed with Eye Disease I Couldn’t Spell, Pronounce or Find Online: Vogt Koyanagi Harada Syndrome

Editor’s note: In observance of Rare Disease Day on February 28, Empish Thomas, VisionAware Peer, has written  this post about her rare autoimmune condition characterized by chronic, bilateral uveitis. An image of the parts of the eye most affected is shown below. Getting the Diagnosis I am sure you have heard of common eye conditions like glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. You … Continued

Blind Dating While Gay

Unless you are lucky enough to have met your significant other in a traditional way like in a church, a social circle, or club; like many of us, you may have turned to online dating. What I will talk about in this article can certainly apply to anyone of us, straight or gay, but sometimes the latter presents some interesting challenges. Here are … 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

Finding Braille in Everyday Places: What Would Louis Braille Say If He Could See Us Now!

The VisionAware peer advisors are celebrating Louis Braille’s birthday on January 4 with a compiliation of everyday places where you will be able to find and use braille. In case you don’t know, Louis Braille was the creator of the braille code, which revolutionized reading and writing for blind people throughout the world. I compiled … Continued

Searching for Those Elusive Magic Glasses

What Are Magic Glasses? Show of hands or better yet, clap if you like to make fundamental changes in the way you do everyday, daily living activities! Are you one of those folks who relish the idea of throwing away the computer mouse and trackpad to rely solely on keyboard shortcuts to do your work? … Continued

Camping with Low Vision

Editor’s note: As spring begins to blossom, our thoughts turn to enjoying the outdoors again after the winter months. Beckie Horter talks about the joys of camping, listening to the call of animals, and sitting by the campfire….Enjoy! Grab a lawn chair and come sit by the campfire a while. The night is cold, and … Continued