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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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.

Technology is changing rapidly and people who are visually impaired often feel they are being left behind. Articles in this program will bring you up to date on what the big tech companies are doing to make their products more accessible. You'll hear about Facebook, Netflix,

Apple and Sony among others.

In the recent Summer Olympics in Rio, some members of the American Women's Eight Rowing Team experienced temporary blindness after one of their matches. In this program you'll hear articles about this condition, more formally called amaurosis fugax and caused by extreme exercise.

In this program you will hear about three football players who are blind. Two are long snappers on college football teams and one was considered a most valuable player among his middle school teammates.

In this program you will hear an interview with two talent agents who, as part of their Hollywood business, help people with all kinds of disabilities get jobs in the entertainment industry.

In this program I will share three personal accounts of what it's like to live with eye diseases. One will be from a woman who has glaucoma and two will be from people who have age-related macular degeneration.

In this program, an accomplished cataract surgeon tells, in a very vivid way, about what it was like for him to have cataract surgery performed on his own eyes.  You will also hear research information about how doctors react to their own diagnosis of macular degeneration.

In this program you will hear about an assistive device that attaches to the frame of your eyeglasses. The product is called MyEye and was developed by OrCam. It can help you read, identify faces or recognize products.

In this program you will hear about 3-D printing and how this relatively new technology might be able to help people who are blind or visually impaired.

In this program you'll hear about Joy Ross, a woman who faces many challenges in her life due to the eye disease called Uveitis. You'll also hear about some everyday habits that you can adopt to help you see better for years to come.

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