All I have learned since falling over a parking block six months ago: It’s not so much the broken arm; it’s the staying home effect! Isolation has been the scourge of the pandemic especially for anyone with a disability, and isolation has affected many people with vision disability severely. The Covid situation is better now […]Read more "Balance, My Broken Arm and Blah: The Effects of Staying Home"
How Universal Design Creates Inclusive Infrastructure, Re-Post from Bloomberg News (and AER). This re-post focuses on a community of people with autism not vision loss, but it shows what can be done. Universal design is being promoted for infrastructure projects in the big Bill now in Congress. Universal design in public buildings, historic sites, medical […]Read more "How Universal Design Creates Inclusive Infrastructure, Repost from Bloomberg News"
Colliding with café tables and chairs on the sidewalk may have been the closest most of us got to a meal out for the past year. But now you may be sitting at those outdoor tables and indoor ones too. Mask wearing and social distancing are bouncing from absolutely required in some places to completely […]Read more "Eating Out Again"
On February 25 I walked home from a dental appointment. I was out alone, enjoying the feeling of independence after a year of too much staying home. Ten minutes into my walk I tripped on a concrete parking block and broke my right arm. I had not requested mobility training in my new home town, […]Read more "Falling: the Horse Left the Barn and Broke It’s Front Leg!"
Repost from Wall Street Journal: Bank of England Textured Bills Help Blind People Tell them Apart “Bank notes with tactile markers for accessibility circulate around the world—but a similar plan in the U.S. is years away.” EyeNote and Ideal are both currency identifier apps for use on smartphones. There is also a free talking money […]Read more "Re-Post from Wall Street Journal: Bank of England Adds Another Textured Bill to Help Blind People"
Why the Pandemic Has Made Streets More Dangerous for Blind People, Re-Post from the New York Times, Dec. 1, 2020 Here is another story about blind people trying to stay safe, and alive, on New York City streetsRead more "Why the Pandemic Has Made Streets More Dangerous for Blind People, Re-Post from the New York Times"
Re-Post from Bloomberg: A Covid Vaccine Is Coming, But Not a Miracle for Blindness Michael Schuman Vaccines Are Coming, But There’s No Such Hope for My Blindness It took scientists about 300 days to develop promising vaccines for the coronavirus. Meanwhile ancient ailments like degenerative loss of vision depend on age-old workarounds—like the cane I […]Read more "A Covid Vaccine is Coming but Not a Miracle for Blindness, Repost from Bloomberg"
Re-Post from the Perkins School for the BlindWhite Cane Safety Day. Is the day set aside by the federal government to recognize the independence and skill of people who use white canes. It’s also a reminder that laws in all 50 states require drivers to yield the right of way to people with white canes, […]Read more "Celebrating White Cane Safety Day, or White Cane Awareness Day"
Referred to in my new book When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes: Vision Loss and Personal Recovery, Chapter 12, “Continuing at Your Work.” There is more expert thinking from Joe in Chapter 1, “What About Your Job?” and Chapter 12, “Can You Keep Your Job?” Background with photo An Interview with Joe Buizon, Employment […]Read more "Pointers Towards Employment"
As wildfires force evacuations in California, and Hurricane Laura flattens parts of Louisiana, here are tips for any sudden move because of weather events or the Corona virus, ( as well as for professional events and vacations.) Guest post by Jennifer Harnish, Head of Rehab at the Carroll Center for the Blind, Newton MA Referred […]Read more "Packing Like a Pro"