Holiday visits and winter getaways are coming soon, but will you enjoy yourself? At present my husband Neil and I are in Queenstown, New Zealand. We are on a long-wished-for visit to my sister and her family as well as old friends in Australia. So far we have used every means of transport […]Read more "What Makes a Trip Fun? Rich Sensory Environments Versus Deprived Sensory Environments"
There is a lot to hate about losing your sight, and having to ask for help from strangers is right up there. After a long time it can get to be quite fun sometimes (no really!). But at first it’s beyond awful. There are you, a paid-up member of the human race, having to ask […]Read more "Four Rules for Getting Assistance"
What would people with vision loss have done without Steve Jobs? He gave his staff such a hard time with his perfectionism, but he gave people with vision loss great riches because he insisted that iPod Touches, iPhones and iPads have the screen reader – voiceover – built in. It works seamlessly from the moment […]Read more "Steve Jobs’ Great Legacy"
It’s expensive, revolutionary, and the first shipment has already sold out. It’s called the Orcam. Notices, store and street names, and the faces of friends may all become identifiable again with the Orcam. As you may know too well, depending on your spouse or friend or a passer-by to assist you is a struggle. […]Read more "Reclaim Your Street Smarts: A New Electronic Device for People with Some Remaining Vision"
Heading for the jungle When you have trouble seeing you need to pack as if you’re heading for the jungle. You have to be prepared for the unexpected. It’s wise to take back-ups of essentials that your family probably can’t lend you – magnifying spectacles, digital recorder, etc. Pack for yourself, though it may […]Read more "Packing for the Weekend: Part 2 – Clothes and Equipment"
Managing your own stuff takes work, but it’s worth it When you are new to vision loss, a member of your family may offer – almost insist on packing for you. Anyone with good sight might be quicker, and you will probably feel cared for. But it’s much better to manage your own stuff. You […]Read more "Packing for the Weekend: Part 1 – Your Bag"
Your face deserves to look good Your face is an important advertisement for who you are, and if your eyes can no longer flash and sparkle as they did before, then you need other ways to make a statement. A great haircut, and stylish spectacles (which also protect your eyes from unseen hazards) are two […]Read more "Hats that Shade Your Eyes and Look Good Too"