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.

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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.

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.

There is always hope in research, but you just have to be patient. In this program you will hear exciting news about the research that is being done right now, at the University of Pittsburgh in regard to whole eye transplants.  
 

Can video games be good for a child's eyes? Actually, they are being explored as a possible treatment for lazy eye, or ambylopia, in children. This program will explain the current thinking on this subject and give you an idea of what some of the games are like when kids play them.

Accessibility issues have changed over the years to include all kinds of media. Comcast, a media conglomerate, is moving forward with some innovations in accessibility. This program features an article from Ability magazine which will explain what's new with Comcast accessibility features.

Dry eye syndrome does not cause blindness, but it can cause major discomfort. In this program you will better understand the symptoms, causes, risk factors and treatments for dry eye syndrome. One of the causes, Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, will also be explained.

The month of November is National Family Caregivers Month. If you are either  a caregiver or a care receiver, this program will have information of use to you.

To help you understand glaucoma, this week's program will bring you information about medications and side effects, vitamins and nutrition as well as several kinds of surgery.

News from your utility company arrives monthly via bill inserts. These messages from several months have been combined in this program to bring you up to date on what's new in the world of power, both electrical and natural gas.

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All questions, no answers. That’s what this week’s program is all about. What should you ask your doctor about Lasik surgery, glaucoma, macular degeneration or cataracts.  There will also be a short section about questions your doctor might ask you.

A recent supplement that came with the Sunday newspaper provides good information about Vision Health. You'll hear about tips from an

optometrist, dietary supplements, ideas for coping with ARMD and the efforts of a Denver Broncos' linebacker to help kids with vision problems.

As many as 50% of people who are blind experience trouble sleeping because they cannot respond to the light and dark around them. A serious sleep disorder called Non-24 Sleep Wake Disorder may be the cause.

This program will bring you information about this condition and will explain treatments that are available.

In this program, I will share personal observations as I traveled through Germany and Czech Republic. Cities visited were Wittenberg, Dresden and Prague.

You are probably familiar with the medical term "edema." In general, it just means "swelling." But in this program you will hear about a specialized kind of edema that occurs in the eye, Macular Edema. It is closely related to diabetic macular edema as well as to diabetic retinopathy.

If you have a child who is blind, the decision of where to send the child to school is a difficult one: public school or a special school for the blind? This  program will tell you about two  4th grade girls who are blind, one who is attending public school and the other who decided to switch from a public school to a school for the blind.

There is a sport for

everyone, even for those people who are blind. You'll hear a transcript of a TED talk titled How Argentina's Blind Soccer Team Became Champions. You'll also hear about the Paralympics, going on right now in Rio.

Refractive errors are quite common in people of all ages. This program will sort out the kinds of refractive errors and the many ways that are available to correct them. You'll hear about LASIK, LASEK, PRK, IOLs, eyeglasses and contact lenses.

In this program you'll be hearing about some awesome fictional characters who are blind. The books that are included range all the way from current best sellers to a classic novel for young adults from the 1960's.

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