Vision Loss and Personal Recovery has been going for just over two years now. I have posted about 100 blogposts and believe that much of the information that I want clients leaving the Carroll Center to have at their fingertips is now online. I am glad that other people have discovered the website too. All the posts are available in the archive, listed in categories with the most recent first.
This seems a good time for the blog to branch out. There is a significant community in the Boston area where I live and in other parts of the U.S. who are affected by vision loss and have experience and expertise in other aspects of personal recovery and vision loss that I do not. Technology is exploding with ever-smarter apps for everything – some accessible, some not. Therapy for vision loss, job seeking, student life, accessibility law, double disability, and dating at all ages are topics of great importance to many people, and I have no up-to-date accurate information or experience about any of them.
Over the fall the blog will change its navigation choices to support this increase in contributing bloggers. We have already had guest posts from Gina russo, Jan Peccarrari, Tina de Araujo, and DeAnn Elliott (who posts regularly on the Carroll Center website.) There are a couple of bloggers awaiting their turn to post.
I will continue to post sometimes on the topic of personal management and personal recovery but invite others affected by vision loss to contact me with suggested post about their experiences and areas of expertise.
I hope that I have set a standard (thanks to my editor husband Neil) of accurate, well edited posts, but blogs that are more like a list of important points are also popular and no one should be discouraged by feeling they cannot write well enough. Please contact me by email, hannah@VLPRBlog.com.
This summer and fall my time has been mainly devoted to writing book proposals for a self help book about vision loss and personal recovery. Book proposals are long and complicated documents and have to be perfect. Obviously the publishing market is in the midst of great changes with all the e-book and e-reader options. This makes it both tougher and a bit more hopeful to find a publisher willing to risk time and money on a book for people who mostly cannot read print! But I believe that this is the right time.