When you are close to someone losing sight, especially if you live together, the shock and grief for you at first can be almost as great as for the person losing vision…And you aren’t getting the special attention or professional care that may be offered to your partner, (parent, brother, or best friend.) You will […]Read more "Resources for Partners, Family and Close Friends of Someone Losing Sight"
Repost of Accessible Cellphones with Keypads My blogpost from October has been reposted on VisionAware, the major site for adults 55 and older losing vision. More useful details plus another phone choice have been added by Pris Rogers of the American Foundation for the Blind, which hosts VisionAwareRead more "Accessible Cellphones with Keypads Repost with more details on VisionAware"
A TED talk from October 2018 describes how a kid in Britain finally gave in to wearing eyeglasses and found trees had leaves and there were stars in the sky. Many of us who live with impaired sight or blindness find that volunteering our time to help others with vision loss fulfils something in ourselves […]Read more "Many of Us Assist Others with Sight Loss, but Not Like This! Repost of TED Talk"
A cellphone with a keypad as well as a screen, speech that reads the display, and voice commands to make calls. This is a combination that seniors with vision loss might really like, but there are only a few, and it may all come down to what your carrier offers. It’s critical for all of […]Read more "Accessible Celllphones with Keypads"
Re-Post of Low Vision Podcast: Low Vision Tech, The Doctor Said… When anyone loses good vision their doctor may say she can’t do much more for you. But there is a whole qualified profession which can do a lot. Some states offer much more than others, but here is an excellent podcast from Steve Kelly […]Read more "Re-Post Low Vision Podcast"
Man regains partial sight with new algae gene therapy | Re-Post from Popular Science, May 25, 2021 It’s not partial sight, or seeing as we know it, but it is the beginning of a breakthrough in a blinding disease. The photo shows how far this is from actual sight, but any progress is good for […]Read more "Man Regains Partial Sight With Gene Therapy , Re-post"
Inviting family and friends for a Memorial Day dinner or barbecue is beginning to seem possible. Here’s a guest post from Doug Rose on talking meat thermometers with the details you need to cook perfect chicken and burgers: Doug: I have used the ThermoWorks talking cooking thermometer, (ThermoWorks RT8400) for years. AMerican Printing House (APH) […]Read more "Talking Meat Thermometers: Guest Post by Doug Rose, Accessibility Expert"
National public service awaren The TimeToBeBold campaign is designed to educate, engage and empower people who are 55+ with low vision to maintain/regain their independence by utilizing the free or low-cost services provided by the RSA-funded OIB programs. Over 3 million Americans 55 and older have difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses. Almost 1 in […]Read more "Time to Be Bold: Independent Living for Older Blind Individuals Launches National Public Awareness campaign"
It’s important to become aware that appliances now have one of two types of control panel. If possible test any appliance before you buy it because most manufacturers and dealers don’t know how this difference impacts visually impaired users. Resistive touch flat panel controls are the familiar ones. A resistive touch panel means that the […]Read more "Appliances: Resistive versus Capacitive Touch Controls, Guest Post by Doug Rose"
Doug lives in Northern California. He and his wife have retired from a successful water gardening business. He had to learn to use power tools and appliances without vision. Now he is an authoritative commentator on choosing and marking appliances for vision rehab professionals. Doug: “I have been visually impaired totally blind since a child. […]Read more "Access to Appliances, Guest post by Doug Rose"