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

All About Diabetes

Editor’s note: Be sure to register for our upcoming webinar on diabetes basics on April 14 from 4:00PM to 5:30PM ET. by Kim Ladd, RN, BS, CPHQ, CDCES According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 2020 National Diabetes Statistics Report, 34.2 million Americans, which is just over 1 in 10 people, have diabetes and … 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

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

Vision loss: It’s a Family Matter

by Sylvia Stinson-Perez, MSW., Director of Mississippi State University OIB-TAC Editor’s note: Please register for our webinar on March 10 at 2 p.m. eastern, “Vision Loss: It’s a Family Matter.” This panel discussion will give an overview of how families are impacted as their loved one experiences and adjusts to life with vision loss. Specific … Continued

A Black History Month Celebration of Leaders in the Blindness Field

Everyone knows Stevie Wonder and the late Ray Charles: exceptionally gifted, groundbreaking musicians who also happen to be both Black and blind. But many other Black Americans have shared their talents with the world – or are still doing so – often working to advance the field of blindness and create a more inclusive society.  The Black History Month 2021 theme is … Continued

Sometimes Ya Just Never Know, Do You?–Introducing Sharon Hughey to the APH ConnectCenter Team

In the APH ConnectCenter we field all types of calls and questions.  They range from “how do I learn to cope with my blindness?”; to “what type of technology might work best to help me?”; to “how do I maintain my independence?”; to questions about careers and employment. When the phone rings, I’m reminded of a popular quote from the movie Forrest Gump. “…life is like … 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

February Is Low Vision Awareness Month

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.   According to the National Eye Institute, “Low vision can … Continued