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When You Are Blind Sometimes Going Up Is The Easy Part
BlindExperienced climber Brian Dickinson reached the summit (29,000 feet) of Everest just before he went “snow blind,” a form of photokeratitis that is the result of UV rays reflected off ice and snow. Circumstances led to him soloing the climb; if not for a series of miracles Dickinson, would not be alive today. It would be a month and half before Brian regained his eyesight.
 
As an aside, Nepal recently banned solo climbers, blind people and double amputees from attempting the harrowing climb, The Guardian Reports. The Nepalese tourism ministry believes the new rules will save lives; naturally, the regulations have led to criticism from multiple fronts.

Are you a blind mountaineer? If so we’d love to hear your thoughts on the Everest ban.

A 'Blind Descent' from Mt. Everest
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Tea May Lower Your Risk of Blindness
BlindnessThere are coffee drinkers and tea drinkers, but it turns out that latter may be at an advantage—at least when it comes to vision loss. A new study indicates that daily caffeinated tea drinkers may be at a reduced risk of developing glaucoma; a group of diseases which are harmful to the optic nerve, resulting in vision loss and blindness. Millions of people worldwide suffer from glaucoma-related blindness.
 
“More research is needed to establish the importance of these findings and whether hot tea consumption may play a role in the prevention of Glaucoma,” the researchers told Science Daily.

We invite anyone living with blindness to learn about our programs, SDCB can assist you in many ways.

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This Common Drink Could Prevent a Leading Cause of Blindness"
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Promising New Treatment for Diabetes Related Vision Loss
Vision LossThere were an estimated 285 million people worldwide with diabetes in 2010, according to the journal Eye and Vision. More than one-third of people with diabetes have signs of diabetic retinopathy (DR), and a third of such people struggle with vision-threatening diabetic retinopathy (VTDR). A potential way of stalling or even reversing diabetes-related blindness has shown promise in animal models by suppressing levels in the eye of the protein that is believed to cause vision loss.

If you are struggling with diabetes-related blindness, SDCB can help.

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Method may reverse vision loss from diabetes"
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Stem Cells Treat Blinding Diseases
Blinding DiseasesMost blinding diseases are the result of damage to the photoreceptors in the eyes. Photoreceptors convert light into an electrical signal that is sent to the brain, thus creating an image. Promising new research suggests that stem cells can treat blinding diseases. Doctors can place a stem cell in the deep layers of the retina, creating new photoreceptors. Researchers have successfully used stem cells to treat animal models with retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration.

If you have experienced partial or total vision loss, SDCB can help you maintain your independence.

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Stem Cell Research: New Hope for Restoring Vision"
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Becoming a Champion Despite Blindness
blindnessEdward Henry Greb, aka "The Pittsburgh Windmill," was the American light heavyweight boxing champion from 1922 to 1923 and world middleweight champion from 1923 to 1926. While he was a remarkable boxer (298 fights in 13-years), he achieved his championships despite being blind in his right eye. A boxing injury in 1921 resulted in a retinal detachment and blindness, a fact that he hid from the public.  “Greb was one of the greatest fighters of all time," said Tommy Loughran, one of Greb’s opponents.

Reaching for the stars is possible even without eyesight, we’d love for you to share your achievements in spite of vision loss.

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Partially blindness couldn't stop Harry Greb taming the boxing world"
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Blind and Autistic Boy Walks by Faith Not By Sight
BlindChristopher, a young boy with the voice of an angel, came into this world with the deck stacked against him. His aunt and uncle adopted him after a stint in foster care. Christopher was born at 26 weeks with cocaine in his system. He received oxygen for 100 days, but his eyes were unable to adequately develop—which led to retinal detachment in both eyes. Being blind and autistic made it challenging to communicate, so his adoptive parents hired a music therapist who quickly discovered that Christopher has perfect pitch.
 
"My blindness does not limit me, I just do things differently," Christopher said. "It enables me to see people as they really are. I see no color, tattoos or crazy hairdos. It bothers me that people prejudge each other. How different would it be if everyone chose to see with their hearts?"

SDCB can train you or your loved one in the use of Assistive Technology, tools which can improve life quality.

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Teen overcomes blindness and autism with music"
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A Cure for River Blindness is Desperately Needed
blindnessOnchocerciasis, aka river blindness, is a disease caused by a parasitic worm transferred to people in tropical environments by black fly bites. The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed onchocerciasis as a neglected tropical disease. Some 37 million people are living with river blindness, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. There are treatments available for the condition, but there is little economic incentive for drug companies to invest in a cure, according to two retired scientists who are searching for a cure. Please take a moment to listen to a short interview with the scientists.

We offer counseling, classes & support groups, vision rehabilitation services; we can help you build your independence.

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Two retired scientists volunteering to find cure for River Blindness"
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Technology Helps the Visually Impaired
Visually ImpairedIn the 21st Century, it’s easy to take technology for granted, most of us rely on various gadgets to assist our lives, such as smartphones and GPS. However, for the visually impaired, technological advancements can monumentally improve life quality. A legally blind 16-year-old received the gift of virtual vision, just in time for Christmas. Alyssa Baxter is using Vuzix M300 augmented virtual reality glasses, the device helps her do many things, such as identifying colors, detect moods on faces, magnify surroundings up to 15 times, and read text in more than 100 languages.
 
"It's really, really amazing," Baxter said. "I think they'll be really helpful, and I think it will be a big difference. And let me do things normal people do."

SDCB can train you or a loved one in using Assistive Technology for the Visually Impaired.

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Student receives virtual reality glasses to help sight"
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U.S. Health Officials Approve Treatment for LCA
blindnessLeber's congenital amaurosis (LCA) is a rare inherited eye disease that presents itself at birth or in the first few months after birth. The vision-destroying genetic mutation can now be treated with Luxturna, a gene therapy injection that replaces a defective gene, which prevents the retina from converting light into electronic signals sent to the brain, with a corrective gene. LCA induced blindness only impacts a small group of Americans, but the FDA approved intervention is a significant advancement in the field of vision loss.
 
"One of the best things I've ever seen since surgery are the stars. I never knew that they were little dots that twinkled," said Mistie Lovelace of Kentucky, one of several patients who urged the FDA to approve the therapy at a public hearing in October.

If you are experiencing blindness, SDCB can help you improve your quality of life.

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FDA approves gene therapy for rare form of blindness"
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Fundraiser Raises Money to Purchase a Braille Notetaker
BrailleAn eye care company started a fundraiser called Holiday Lights for Sight. The company was able to raise money for a local child who is losing his vision, using a display of 20,000 lights, set to music. Jalen Rodriguez, is a junior in high school who has a rare disorder causing vision loss. Over $2,000 dollars has been raised to purchase a Braille notetaker for Jalen; the device is a specialized computer that will assist him with his school work.
 
“With the support of his friends, family and the school community, Jalen has learned skills and strategies to compensate for his visual impairment.”

Assistive Technology for Visually Impaired and for the Blind can help you with many everyday tasks, SDCB can help.

"Holiday Lights for Sight helping Woonsocket student get Braille device"
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Research May Help Doctors Prevent Vision Loss from Macular Degeneration
macular degenerationNew research could assist ophthalmologists in stemming the tide of macular degeneration. Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati and colleagues discovered that an enzyme called cGAS, which plays a vital role in the body's immune response to infections, unexpectedly has a hand in killing cells in the retina. Researchers are currently working to develop drugs that could inhibit the enzymes function.
 
“Almost 200 million people in the world have macular degeneration. If macular degeneration were a country, it would be the eighth-most-populated nation in the world. That’s how large a problem this is,” said Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, vice chairman for research of UVA’s Department of Ophthalmology and the founding director of UVA’s Center for Advanced Vision Science.

If you have been diagnosed with macular degeneration, SDCB can help you remain independent.

"UVA Discovers Trigger for Macular Degeneration that Robs Millions of Vision"
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Looking Toward the Future Despite Vision Loss
vision lossRoughly 21 percent of blind or visually impaired adults over 25 years of age do not have a high school diploma, and only 22 percent have earned a bachelor's degree, according to the American Foundation for the Blind. With help, people with visual impairment can succeed in school, and pursue dreams of higher education. Lindsey Towns experienced vision loss at the age of 13, and yet she continues to excel in school with the help of her visual impairment teacher.
 
"This is my 39th year of working with blind children or visually impaired students, and we have books and things they can follow through, but they're very difficult for them to understand sometimes, so I try to make it personal for each individual student, however they learn best," said Bill Rogers, a visual impairment teacher. 

If you or a loved one has suffered vision loss, the San Diego Center for the Blind can help your family in a number of ways.

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Despite Vision Loss, Student Doesn't Lose Sight of Success"
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Blindness is One Result of the American Diabetes Epidemic
blindnessA UCLA study shows that 9 percent of adults in California have been diagnosed with diabetes, a severe health condition that can result in blindness, heart disease, stroke and infections resulting in amputations. High-sugar intake is one of the leading causes of diabetes. A significant number of Californians meet the criteria for prediabetes, which means the need for prevention programs is enormous.
“Investing more now in diabetes prevention and education will save our state billions of dollars down the road,” said Cal. Sen. Bill Monning.

If diabetes has taken your vision, we can help you with Assistive Technology, A Key to Staying Independent.

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Diabetes Hitting Hard in California, Costing Billions for Treatment"
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Over 75 Physically Impaired Athletes Inspire Others
Physically ImpairedBlindness or paralysis doesn’t keep people from fulfilling their dreams of achievement. Last week, more than 75 adaptive athletes competed at the 2017 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship in La Jolla, CA. The four-day competition concluded with Team Brazil taking gold, Australia the silver, and Team USA the bronze.
“This Team Gold Medal will inspire so many others to get into the sport in Brazil and around the world,” said gold-medalist Alcino Neto.

If you are an adaptive athlete your story can inspire other young, physically impaired individuals to consider sports. We’d love to hear your story.

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Brazil Crowned World Champs At 2017 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship"
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Visually Impaired Restaurateur Feeds Service Men and Women in CA
visually impairedRon Long’s service in the U.S. military shaped his life in more ways than one, stealing his eyesight and developing his principles for living a meaningful life. After being blinded by a chemical agent, Long’s honorable discharge for being visually impaired led to becoming a restaurant and mobile food service businessman. His delicious “Santa Maria Style Barbecue” and the speed in which it can be made, and served, landed him a dining contract for the Navy in San Diego. He also has a portable barbecue pit stationed at the U.S. Army National Training Center in Fort Irwin, CA. Long also hosts fundraising events for the Army Emergency Relief Program and Toys for Tots.
“Having served in the military, they really make me feel like I’m one of them,” said Long. “They treat me like family and I even go on vacation with some of them. It’s the least I can do to give back.” 

If you are visually impaired and need assistance, the San Diego Center for the Blind can help. Let us help you rebuild your independence!

"Ron Long: A Blind Entrepreneur Still Supporting the U.S. Military"
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Daily Tasks Made Easier with Assistive Devices
Assistive TechnologyA variety of assistive devices and gadgets are available due to advances in technology in recent years. Often with the goal of granting access to services or products to as many people as possible while minimizing barriers and usability difficulties, various assistive devices are coming to market rapidly. These handy inventions can make daily tasks less challenging for people with disabilities.
Take a look at a few  handy gadgets that are aiding those living with disabilities. 

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

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Assistive Tech: Where there’s a wheel, there’s a way"

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Unstoppable Jazz Musician Henry Butler
Blind Jazz Musician, Henry ButlerAt 6 years old, an undeniable musical gift emerged in Henry Butler. Today, at the age of 68, Mr. Butler is a nationally recognized pianist, vocalist, and composer despite losing his sight as an infant due to glaucoma. He explores various genres including jazz, gospel, blues and classical. Mr. Butler’s talent does not end with him being a brilliant musician. He also possesses a passion for photography. His work can be seen in various exhibits and in the HBO documentary “Dark Light: The Art of Blind Photographers.” Learn more about Henry Butler’s unstoppable spirit that allows him to offer his artistic gifts to the world. 

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Despite blindness, Henry Butler drives his music career forward — sometimes literally"
Posted in Blindness, Living Blind, Personal Stories, Vision Loss, Visually Impaired | View Post
Making Math Accessible
Lindsey Towns, low vision math studentStatistics indicate that vision loss makes academic success challenging. Low vision and blind students who graduate from high school and college are a minority. Facts like these don't seem to phase 13-year-old Lindsey Towns who experienced vision loss just before entering 8th grade. Lindsey's favorite subject is math although a universal audio tool for learning math does not exist today. She has found creative ways to accommodate her disability. In the meantime, a system is being developed  that can reduce learning barriers for disabled students. Read more about  how a project developed by an alumnus of Lindsey's school may help her and others acheive their academic dreams.

How has assistive technology helped you? Let us know in the Comments section.

"Despite loss of vision, BTW student doesn't lose sight of success"
Posted in Assistive Technology, Low Vision, Real Life Stories, Vision Loss | View Post
Researchers Test Dissolving Drug Implant for Treating Glaucoma
GlaucomaMany who suffer with glaucoma use eye drops as part of their treatment plan. The medication can prevent irreversible blindness if done in the early stages. Typically, the drops need to be administered 3 times per day though. It can be arduous to keep up with a timetable of this intensity. To make it even more challenging, much of the medication is drained into the patient's blood instead of inside the eye. Researchers at the UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine believe that dissolving implants could be the answer. Read about this new glaucoma treatment researchers are currently testing.

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Glaucoma: Hiding in plain sight"
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Story of a Blind Lamb Teaches Children To Never Give Up
Peanut of Blind Faith Farm by Jim ThompsonPeanut was born without sight. Her owner knew right away as the lamb stuck close to her mother and seemed to find her way by using sound. Peanut soon learned how to find food, water and face challenges though. Watching the little lamb, inspired owner Jim Thompson to pen a children's book that is motivating readers of all ages to fight through adversity and live their best life. Read the story behind the book, Peanut of Blind Faith Farm.

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Story shows blind lamb's tenacity to overcome obstacles"
Posted in Blindness, Living Blind, Low Vision, Vision Loss, Visually Impaired | View Post
Blind Veterans Demonstrate Their Athletic Abilities
Blind veterans play adaptive hockeyWith a few modifications, most sports can be adapted for the visually impaired. This goes for ice hockey as well. While adaptive hockey has been enjoyed in Canada for several decades, it has only recently been introduced in the United States. The players appreciate having the opportunity to use their athletic ability and are experiencing the benefits of community connection with their teammates at the same time. Read about how a group of blind veterans are using blind hockey to  overcome challenges. 

What sports have you tried recently? Let us know in the Comments section.

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Blind vets take to the ice in Saranac Lake"
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Low Vision Grooming Hacks
Low vision morning routine adjustmentsWhen vision deteriorates, the morning routine can bring on feelings of  frustration. Tasks like hair styling, shaving or applying make-up  which were once routine  turn into challenging exploits that seem impossible. Fortunately, those who are willing to make a few simple adjustments can enjoy less frustration, smoother mornings and the confidence that comes  from starting the day looking neat and put together. Learn about a few simple adjustments that can make mornings happy again.

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Macular Degeneration Aids for Grooming"
Posted in Living Blind, Living Independently | View Post
The AWARE Wayfinding App Helps The Visually Impaired Enjoy New Spaces
Rasha Said, founder of Sensible Innovations devised the AWARE wayfinding audio-appThose living with vision loss, often visit new locations ahead of time to memorize the space. They sometimes worry about getting lost. For this reason, Rasha Said developed a program that uses a smart phone app to provide information to the blind that many sighted people take for granted. This information helps the visually impaired navigate independently and also offers the freedom to explore. Learn how the WayFinding app is helping the visually impaired gain independence 

What smart phone apps have you tried? Let us know in the  comments section.

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Smart navigation: Springfield developer’s app helps visually impaired"

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Seeing With Sound
Daniel Earle uses castanets to make noises and use echolocation to see with his ears.Echolocation uses sound waves and echoes to determine the location of objects. This method, used by bats to find food and navigate in the dark can also be used by humans. In fact, with training, the visually impaired can learn to be skilled at echolocation giving them the ability to see the world around them through their ears. It's another tool that can be used to give independence to those who live with vision loss. Learn how some blind people are using echolocation to walk and ride bikes independently and more.

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Rising popularity of bat-like echolocation helping more blind people see through sound"
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Sight-Impaired Doctor is Helping Others Discover Their Abilities
Dr Jitender Aggarwal, a dentist who lost his vision due to macular degeneration Dr. Jitender Aggarwal lost his vision in 2004 and learned first-hand about the difficulty of engaging with a community that was often inaccessible to those living with a disability. This experience fuelled his passion to help others gain the skills needed to create more inclusivity.  Since that time, he has helped close to 10,000 people with disabilities obtain skills and jobs in different sectors of business.
Read about Dr. Aggarwal's journey from vision loss to helping others who live with a disability.

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"The story of a doctor who lost his eyesight; fought back and helped 10,000 people with disability find jobs"
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ebay Gives Tips on How to Create an Accessible Corporate Culture
eBay leads the way in digital accessibilityCompanies have a few good reasons to improve digital accessibility. Increasing bottom line profits and avoiding litigation top the list. Corporate giant, eBay has appointed an Ambassador for Accessibility and suggests that improvements to this area can offer great returns and provide surprising opportunities for growth.
Learn why eBay is making accessiblity a priority and how others can too.

What company can you commend for great accessibility? Let us know I the comments section.

"Creating a Company Culture that Promotes Accessibility"
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Seattle Art Museum Makes Art Accessible
Group of visitors with low or no vision at Seattle Art MuseumFor people living with vision impairment, getting out socially can be challenging. It may seem unlikely that visiting an art museum could be a social event for the blind. The Seattle Art Museum does not think so. Every month, the museum hosts guided tours complete with trained escorts prepared to describe art pieces to the sight-impaired. Learn how a museum uses art for community building and social enrichment for those living with vision impairment.

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Seattle Art Museum program brings art to those with low or no vision"
Posted in Blind Living Skills, Low Vision, Vision Loss | View Post
Visually Impaired New York Marathon Runner Will Race Unassisted
Visually Impaired New York Marathon Runner, Simon Wheatcroft,Running a marathon is hard work. Running a marathon without vision assisted by a guide is hard work. Running a marathon without vision and without a guide seems impossible. Thanks to assistive technology, called Wayband, a blind runner will cross the finish line at the New York Marathon unassisted for the first time. Learn more about how runner Simon Wheatcroft plans to use assistive technology to compete in the NY Marathon.

 If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Blind New York Marathon runner depending on technology rather than aide to finish race"
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Bionic Eye Helps Blind Man See For The First Time In 20 Years
Blind man sees with help of bionic eyeDue to a degenerative eye disease, Walfre Lopez experienced vision loss over 20 years ago. He recently underwent a complex surgery which implanted a computer chip in the back of his eyes. With the use of special glasses he can now see shapes and contrasting images and is learning to use his new found 7th sense as vision. Learn more about  Mr. Lopez's surgery and how it has impacted him and his family. 

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Bionic Eye Helps Georgia Man See"
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Glaucoma Left Him Without Sight But Not Without Hope
Painter Ken Alexander is opening his art studioPainter Ken Alexander's life is full of challenges. Mr. Alexander has faced each one with the determination and courage. From being a single dad to beating prostate cancer, Ken has persevered through hardship. He was diagnosed with glaucoma which eventually caused vision loss. That has not stopped him from moving forward with his dreams to pursue an art career. He just opened studio. Learn more about what motivates painter, Ken Alexaner

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"A Fortuitous Visit to Artworks Gallery Inspires Blind Painter to Continue"
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Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone Creates Growth
Blind skateboarder, Dan MancinaDan Mancina lost his vision due to a degenerative eye disease. Although he had been skateboarding since he was 7 years old, he was unable to continue this activity as a person with vision loss. Until, he decided to do it anyway. Through practice, hard work and perseverance, he is proving that there are no limits to the human spirit. Learn more about what Dan and how he inspires others.

Share about a time you got out of your comfort zone? Let us know about it in the comments section. 

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Blind skateboarder inspires others to achieve"
Posted in Living Blind, Personal Stories, Vision Loss | View Post
Accessibility Is Not Just a Legal Obligation It is a Moral One Too
Digital composite of businessman presenting earth interface with connecting devicesIn recent years, accessibility lawsuits against companies have increased. With 20% of the population living with a disability, it would be wise for businesses to take this issue to heart. It is expected that the percentage of those living with a disability will increase as baby boomers get older. Creating an atmosphere of inclusion is simply morally right. Learn more about what companies can do to ensure that their website is accessible to everyone.  

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"How To Prevent A Web Accessibility Lawsuit"
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Nearly 3 Decades of the ADA Has Progress Been Made
Daughter fights for healthcare accessibility for her visually impaired motherHer mother was blind for as long as she remembers. She can recall times from her childhood when her mother was not given equal access. The Americans with Disabilities Act has changed that. Or has it?  Her mother's most recent hospital stay left this daughter scratching her head and searching for answers. Learn more a daughter's fight to ensure that her blind mother received access to the same services as everyone else. 

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Denied, Delayed, Discriminated: My Mother’s Healthcare Experience as a Person with Blindness"
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Educating Others About Vision Loss
Visually impaired women dispel misconceptions about blindnessThese women lost their vision at different stages of life. They now educate others and create awareness on what vision loss looks like and willingly share insight on how best to support them and those like them. They are successfully building a culture of sensitivity and teaching those around them how they would like to be treated. Learn more about what Jennifer and Sandy are doing to dispel misconceptions about blindness.

What are some misconceptions you've experienced? Let us know about it in the comments section. 

"They're blind, but their insight is 20/20"
Posted in Living Blind, Vision Loss | View Post
People Did not Believe She Would Have a Bakery One Day
Vegan Baker who lives with vision lossCarina's Bakery is special for so many reasons. It was created by a courageous and determined woman who wanted to offer a variety of vegan baked goods. The shop is equipped with assistive technology and signs that encourage customers to be patient. Dogs are welcome. The visionary behind this project is visually impaired and so are the employees. Learn more about what makes this bakery special 

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Beaverton vegan baker is legally blind, but has a clear vision of the future"
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Blind Assistant Public Defender Demonstrates Independence
Blind Assistant Public Defender, Steph FernandesSteph Fernandes wanted to use her education to serve and inspire young people. When she got the job as Assistant Public Defender, she was given the opportunity to live out her dream. Her presence in the courthouse has sparked conversations about blindness and independence as well as encouraged dialogue around accessibility. Learn more about Steph's personal story. 

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Blindness doesn’t hold back Luzerne County assistant public defender"
Posted in Living Blind, Personal Stories | View Post
How Fouls Can Lead to Great Purpose
Vera Jones, mother of son who lives with vision lossVera Jones, a collegiate basketball athlete had been inducted into the Hall of Fame and was used to winning. Winning almost never comes without hard work and the ability to face challenges though. Her strong will and determination were engaged off the court, when her son faced one of his toughest battles – losing his sight. Learn more about the lessons this mother/son team mastered and are now teaching others.

Have you faced a difficult life challenge? Let us know about your experience in the comments section. 

"Vera Jones: This is What a Blind Son Taught his Mother about Vision"
Posted in Living Blind, Vision Loss | View Post
Karina Jones plays Susy in Wait Until Dark
Visually impaired actress, Karina JonesYou may remember Wait Until Dark from 1967 when Audrey Hepburn played Susy. The thriller's plot is centered around a blind woman who is victimized by a group of conmen. The men had not planned for Susy's inner strength and her ability to navigate in the dark much better than they ever could. Learn more about Karina's role plus her thoughts on being a disabled actress. 

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.


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The Art of Visual Impairment
Lenny Jordan who lives with visual impairment has chosen to pursue a career in artLenny Jordan thought his artistic dreams were over when he began losing his sight to a degenerative eye disease. Through a conversation with a colleague, he began exploring various artistic techniques. Awakening a dormant talent, Lenny has used color pencils, sketch pads and paint to create breathtaking works of art. Learn more about Lenny Jordan's re-awakening to his artistic abilities. 

you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Blinding Art - how Lenny Jordan creates art with a visual impairment"
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Blind Rock Climber Uses the Sport as a Form of Meditation
Blind climber who used rock climbing to overcome anger and depressionShawn Sturges started noticing diminishing vision at the age of 15 and was later diagnosed with Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy which led to total blindness. After losing his sight, he became withdrawn and angry. He later discovered that rock climbing provided an escape from everyday stress. Today at 31, he is an inspiration to so many. You can catch him climbing at an indoor facility or even the Eldorado Canyon in Colorado. Learn more about why Shawn Sturges finds rock climbing therapeutic.

Are there any sports or activities that you use as an emotional outlet? Let us know about your experience in the comments section. 

"For a blind climber, ascending walls is ‘moving meditation’"
Posted in Living Blind, Vision Loss | View Post
Motivational Speaker and Author Changing Perceptions About Blindness
Juliet Cody educates others on vision lossJuliet Cody is 50 and has had low vision most of her life and experienced total vision loss in 2000. She is a motivational speaker and author who is on a mission to educate adults and children about what it means to be blind. She can do anything although she may do it differently than a sighted person. She learned many of her independent living skills at San Diego Center for the Blind. Learn more about Juliet’s journey to independence. 

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Showing others that blindness is not a tragedy"
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Annihilation of An Infectious Disease That Leads To Blindness
The Kingdom of Cambodia and the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic eliminate an infectious eye diseaseTrachoma is the leading infectious disease that causes blindness in the world.  It is caused by a bacteria that is often carried by flies and is prevalent in poverty stricken communities where access to clean water and sanitation is prohibitive. In 1998, the World Health Assembly set out to eliminate trachoma as a public health problem. Learn how one country worked hard to bring this disease under submission.

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Cambodia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic wipe out trachoma—leading infectious cause of blindness"
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The Visually Impaired Play Baseball Using Sound Instead of Sight
Beep Baseball is an opportunity for visually impaired athletes to compete.Imagine playing baseball unable to see the ball. Someone already did. People of all ages and abilities are competing in Beep Ball. There are a few differences between Beep Ball and its cousin Baseball though. The ball beeps and the bases buzz allowing participants to use sound instead of sight to play. Learn more about how Beep Ball is sweeping the nation.

If you’re a Beep Ball athlete, let us know about your experience in the comments section.

"Beep Baseball Provides Opportunities for Visually Impaired Athletes"
Posted in Living Blind, Vision Loss | View Post
94 Years Old Nearly Blind and Living Out Her Dreams
Nearly blind, 94 year old woman goes on a bike rideSome people view old age and vision loss as obstacles. For 94 year old dream catcher, Pauline Lawrence, not so much.  Although she has lost much of her vision, she still dreamed of riding a bicycle like she used to years ago. Recently, Pauline took her first bike ride in over 15 years. Read what Pauline had to say about her bike riding experience. 

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Cycling wish comes true for nearly blind senior"
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Beauty Is In the Eye of the Beholder But Not Really
Blind people give thought provoking descriptions of beautyWhen the term beauty comes to mind, we think of appearance. If a person is beautiful, perhaps they have a certain physique, perfect curls or dewy skin. What does beauty mean to someone living with vision loss? The answers from four blind individuals will enlighten you. THEY are beautiful. Understand how the blind see beauty.

How do you describe beauty?  Let us know in the comments. 

"Blind people describe what beauty means to them"
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Hold The Light is a Story of Hope in a Dark Space
Hold The Light is a novel about vision lossIn a newly published book, “Hold The Light,” author, April McGowan explores vision loss through the character of Amber who discovers that she is losing her sight at the beginning of her creative career.  The book takes the reader on Amber’s journey of self discovery in pursuit of  her true purpose.

Learn more about the author’s inspiration behind this book.

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

Author examines vision loss in 'Hold the Light'
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What You Should Know About Eye Floaters
Eye floaters could indicate eye diseaseAs people age, many have the experience of seeing floating shadows in their eyes appropriately named eye floaters. Should this happen, a physician should be consulted. Floaters can be a sign of a benign disease. It could also be an indication of an eye disease that could lead to vision loss. If detected early, often diseases can be treated and remedied.

Learn more information about eye floaters. 

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Should You Seek Help for Eye Floaters?
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Blind Guest Teacher Visits 2nd Grade
2nd grade class gets a lesson on vision lossSince birth, Rosie has been blind. When a 2nd grade class began asking questions about blindness, their teacher invited Rosie to answer their questions. Rosie was happy to share her story and life with the inquisitive bunch who gained new perspective and understanding of the remarkable ability of the many living with vision loss.

Read more about Ms. Rosie’s visit to 2nd grade

Has there been a time when you thought someone was different, then after getting to know them, you found out they were more similar to you than different? Let us know in the comments. 

Second graders get lesson in blindness

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Walking Through Vision Loss
Eye conditions that can cause vision lossVisits to the eye doctor and staying healthy are routine prevention measures that guard against vision loss. However, some people will face untreatable loss of vision where the effects are permanent. It can be a depressing experience initially. Mike Glenn encountered blindness brought on by diabetic retinopathy and shared his story with radio talk show host, Charity Nebbe. We are reminded that vision loss is not the end but the beginning.

Listen to Mike Glen’s story and learn about eye conditions as well as treatments.  

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Last Time I Saw the Sun Was November 2007"

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Relief For Dry Eyes
Eye care specialist offers potential remedies for dry eye conditionAs people spend more time in front of screens, dry eyes are becoming a greater concern. With the addition of smartphones and the widespread use of the internet, our lifestyle is different than it was 20 years ago. Issues associated with prolonged blue light exposure are fairly new. However, we should pay attention as continued exposure to blue light emitted from many digital devices can cause a multitude of complications for the eyes including dry eyes. Thankfully, there are a few things that we can do to restore moisture and alleviate dry eye problems.

Read about solutions that provide relief for dry eyes   

How many hours a day do you use digital devices?.

Goodbye, dry eye

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