Vacationing in our Nation’s Capital as a Person Who is Blind

I took this trip to our nation’s capital and wrote about it in 2014. I decided it’s time to remind blind and low vision readers about the historical sites to visit in Washington DC and how they can enjoy themselves. My Trip I have been to Washington, DC on several occasions, but those trips were … Continued

Enjoying Summer Events When Blind or Low Vision and Using a White Cane

by Melanie Peskoe and Maribel Steel Summer is a time of year filled with outdoor gatherings. Generally, they involve food, drinks, lots of sitting and chatting, and perhaps even some games on the lawn. Typically, the meal is potluck style where everyone brings their favorite dish to share, and drinks are served in those ever-present … 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

September is Senior Center Month

This past year has been a real test for senior centers. In honor of Senior Center month, the National Council on Aging salutes their work saying “you transformed your centers to virtual classrooms overnight and, in so doing, provided continued means of social engagement and activity during bleak times, turning the table on ageist stereotypes about older adults and technology use. You provided … Continued

Exercise for Everyone

Editor’s Note: May is Older American’s Month. This year’s theme is communities of strength, celebrating “the strength of older adults with special emphasis on the power of connection and engagement in building strong communities.”  Also celebrated this month is Senior Health and Fitness Day on May 26. The goal is to promote the importance of regular physical activity and to … Continued

Exploring International Travel Opportunities for People with Vision Loss: Part One, Bringing the World to Your Doorstep

  As a young teen, I dreamed of going away from home, far from home. It wasn’t so much that my parents were clueless and embarrassing, though that was true from a teenage perspective; but my mother and uncle, both army brats, regaled me for years with tantalizing stories about their youthful adventures in Japan, Germany, and Turkey. Our home … Continued

New Friend and Program to Teach Sewing and Crafting to People with Vision Loss

Over the past year during the pandemic, the American Council of the Blind (ACB), a national consumer group for people who are blind or visually impaired, has held Community Calls where people can connect with one another and often learn something along the way. I’ve enjoyed these calls so much that I learned how to … Continued

How One Craftsman Uses Woodworking to Depict His Vision Loss

Alan Shrebtienko not only has an artistic vision, he’s starting to use his art to reflect his vision loss – sharing what he is, and what he isn’t, able to see with those who might never otherwise understand.  National Crafting Month in March is a great time to showcase Alan’s work, which tied him for first place in the craft category of the 2020 APH InSights Art competition for artists who … Continued

Netflix and Chill? Making Home Entertainment More Accessible

Technology Enhances Date Night At Home This Valentine’s Day – or any date night in the near future – many people won’t be going out for fancy dinners or to the movies, given the risks and restrictions related to COVID-19. But there’s no reason not to plan a special celebration at home enjoying your favorite movie or TV … Continued