Nancy Zimmer

HOST

In addition to serving as volunteer host for Enabled, Nancy brings a great perspective to the program, having facilitated the Brighton Senior Citizens' Low Vision Support Group for many years.

Today you will meet some real interesting characters, and they all have some kind of vision problem. You'll find these characters in books, television, cartoons and even in comics.

In this program you'll hear exciting news about the progress being made toward FDA approval for gene therapy in a specific retinal disease, Leber Congenital Amaurosis. You'll also hear news from the field of stem cell research for glaucoma.

Consider this program to be a postcard that says, "Having a Wonderful Time! Thinking of You!" Chirping crosswalks, talking elevators, a hotel with disorienting carpet are vision-related things that are described in this program. Also, news articles will be shared that introduce a Canadian MP, a skateboarder and a hockey fan who are all legally blind. 

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The term "blind justice" refers to the hoped-for ideal of an impartial justice system. In this program you will meet two lawyers who are blind and who are potentially living up to the goal of providing "blind justice."

In this program, you will hear about a simple and effective eye examination method used in Africa, a man from Ireland who is meeting multiple challenges in his life, an Australian program for runners, and a Brazilian surfer.

In this week's program we will journey to China, and you will meet a young man named Cai Cong. He is breaking stereotypes and attempting to re-form public opinion about people who are disabled in his country.

Cataract surgery is a miracle for anyone - restoring sight where there was darkness. In this program you will hear about an organization that is performing that miracle in some of the most remote areas of the world, the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal.
 

A great deal of information is actually presented in this series of short quizzes about blindness, vision and eye health. See how you do as you test your knowledge.
 

In this program you will hear about the many people who make up the team in your eye doctor's office: patient service representatives, ophthalmic assistants, ophthalmic technicians and technologists, surgical assistants and even scribes. You’ll also be reminded of the difference between opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists.

This week's program will feature a transcript of the TED talk of Chris Downey, an architect who is blind. Then you'll be part of a question and answer session with this very talented man who specializes in Universal Design.

This is the second of two programs bringing you information about research and advocacy organizations of interest to people who are blind or visually impaired. Today you'll hear about Prevent Blindness, Research to Prevent Blindness, Glaucoma Research Foundation, Cornea Research Foundation and the National Eye Institute.
 

 

This is the first of two programs bringing you information about research and advocacy organizations of interest to people who are blind or visually impaired. Today you'll hear about the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the National Federation of the Blind, the American Foundation for the Blind and the American Council of the Blind. 
 

The Chicago Lighthouse compiles articles about blindness and vision problems from a variety of sources. This program will share some of those articles with you. Topics include tandem bike riders, jailhouse Braillers, AMD drops and a flying eye hospital.

An eclipse traveling from the American NW across the country to the SE will happen on August 21. This program will tell you all about it.

Safety will be stressed but you'll also hear about fun activities planned at places within the path of totality, where daylight will turn to darkness.

If you are really busy, sometimes all you need is to just simplify your live and make things a little easier for yourself. This program will do that for you by giving you some "life hacks," tips to make your life more efficient.

We will be venturing into the world of fame and fortune. In this program you'll hear about several celebrities that have eye or vision problems that you might be able to relate to.

It is very difficult for people with vision loss to use a flat touchscreen to adjust their home appliances. This program has some ideas to help adapt to the new touchscreens.

If you can't see well, perhaps one of the exciting sensory substitution devices can help you. You could try using your sense of touch or your hearing to get the same information. This program will tell you about some of the new SSD's coming your way.

Sometimes an article just doesn't fit into the time restraints of this program, but it's too good to toss out. This week's program will use a few of those articles to bring you information about a white cane debate, a feisty lady, a book review and phone numbers for help with your electronic devices. Delightful and delicious leftovers!

Three different topics will be explored in this program: it could be called a triumvirate of topics. You'll hear about transportation suggestions, biomarkers for glaucoma and summer camps for kids.

Have you heard of Uber? This week's program will tell you about the experiences of two Uber users who are blind, one in Atlanta and one in Chicago.

Variety is the spice of life, or so they say. This week's program will bring you a variety of topics that will include politics, a horse, some wine and even beer, all with a visual connection, of course.

A blind new world is happening right now, and it is a world of inclusion. In this program, you will hear details about this movement; it's actually called Blind New World and it's sponsored by the Perkins School for the Blind.

After a certain age,

everyone has a touch of arthritis, or so they say. Rheumatoid Arthritis however, affects far fewer people and actually can cause problems with your eyes and your vision. This program will tell you what symptoms to watch out for and what action you should take.

The latest WebMD newsletter just arrived and in this program I will be sharing some interesting articles with you. Topics will include photophobia, eye creams, living with glaucoma, 7 foods for healthy eyes and progressive lenses.

This program will bring you information about Reachout Radio. You'll find out who we are, where we came from, where we are going and more. Guest will be Ruth Phinney, program director.

Time to go on vacation? If you have a disability, this program will help you make your air travel experience safer and more comfortable. The empowering information comes from the Department of Transportation.

From a new source of information, Blind New World, you'll hear tips on dating or making friends, the world of work for a person who is blind and tips on maximizing a smartphone with some useful apps.

This week, I have several newspaper articles I want to share with you. The topics will include circadian rhythm, high tech glasses, a hockey fan, and Braille greeting cards.

This is the last in the series of programs on the top five eye diseases. This week it's #5,

Glaucoma. You will hear about the types, the symptoms and the treatments for the disease. You'll also hear about the glaucoma research that is being done.

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