Enabled

Weekly half-hour program, Mondays at 5:00 p.m. and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. on WXXI Reachout Radio

Enabled is a weekly program designed to help you be confident in saying “I can!”  The program takes a deep look into services, products and issues affecting people with vision loss. Topics are broad in scope, covering such things as adaptive technology; preferred language; election rights; audio description; vision loss & art history; visual hallucinations; the latest information & research on eye disease and even daily living products that can make your life easier.

Ways to Connect

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.

Host of Enabled shares her story

Jul 12, 2017
http://blindnewworld.org/blog/sharing-information-listeners/

Nancy Zimmer, host of Enabled, recently submitted her story to BlindNewWorld. Read about Nancy and her long-time service and commitment to people with vision loss and her passion for sharing information with her listeners. Way to go Nancy!!

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.

This program on age-related macular degeneration will tell you about the symptoms, risk factors and research in regard to this serious eye condition. You'll also hear an inspiring story about a woman who is coping with the disease.

This is the third in a series of programs on the top five eye diseases. This week it's #3, refractive errors. You'll hear about nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia, and astigmatism. You will also hear of the many ways of correcting these refractive errors.

This is the second in a series of programs about the top five eye diseases.  This week you'll hear about #2, diabetic eye disease. I'll include information about both diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema as well as research information.

This is the first in a series of programs on the top five eye diseases. This week it's #1, cataracts. You'll hear basic information about cataracts as well as news about the latest cataract research that is being done.

Animals have a way of adapting to their environment. They just “make the best of it” even if they happen to be blind. In this program you will hear about blind river dolphins and blind mole rats, and you’ll hear  how they have adapted to their environment.
 

In this program, I'll be bringing you information about the business of vision, the BIG business of vision and vision care. Some of these huge, worldwide companies are probably helping you, right now.

If you wear glasses,you are benefiting from the skills of an optician. Today, you'll hear about an innovative program that trains high school students to become opticians, along with details about the profession of opticianry.

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The Ability magazine interview with Isaac Lidsky, a businessman,  lawyer, author, teen actor and an inspirational speaker will continue. This week, you will hear his thoughts on nature vs. nurture, laughter, his experience as a teen actor, his businesses and his suggestions for assistive devices. 

Prepare to be inspired. This program will introduce you to Isaac Lidsky, a businessman, lawyer, author, teen actor and an inspirational speaker. You will hear his recent TED Talk and you'll also hear the first part of an interview with him, done by Ability magazine.

Do you like high tech or low tech gadgets? You'll hear about a full range of assistive technology in this program, all the way from a tablet, similar to an iPad,  that can produce Braille to a piece of black paper with a hole cut out of it.


Accessibility issues are important in all parts of the world. This program will tell you about super smart phones in Norway, guide dogs in Turkey, cricket in India, transportation badges in London, library books in Vietnam and audio description in the US. 
 

This week's program will bring you a touch of humor. There will be short profiles of some incredible people who are blind. You will also become acquainted with a woman who is blind as she writes in her blog. You will find that she has a great sense of humor as I share some of her funny stories with you.

In this program,  I’ll continue with information about Braille by telling you how this language was developed. I’ll also have stories about Helen Keller and about how people who are blind dream. And…have you ever wondered why there is Braille on a drive through ATM machine? I’ll have the answer for you. 
 

Enabled #1702: Braille Literacy pt. 1, 01/02/2017

Jan 2, 2017

Braille has been around for almost 200 years, and even with all the electronic gadgets available today, it is still relevant. In this program you'll hear about 6 young inventors who are trying to make Braille much easier for you with their invention called "Tactile." You'll also hear about programs available to help people learn Braille.

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