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

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.

This program will include two stories about guide dogs, information about Facebook

accessibility, Bookshare from the NYPL, electronic glasses and the possible connection between ADHD and visual impairment in children.

In this program, I'll present some very timely tidbits. You'll learn about eye color, some rather startling statistics from the National Eye Institute, a treatment for diabetic macular edema and about a hero who happens to be a dog.

In this program you will hear news from two recent GLEAMS newsletters. You'll hear about laser iridotomy, gonioscopy, stem cell treatments, biomarkers and MIGS.

In this program, I will attempt to let you know what services are available to you if you are a veteran who has low vision or is considered legally blind. Have a pencil and paper handy.

In this program you'll hear an article from Popular Mechanics magazine which explains what makes the baseball beep. The article will also explain the rules of Beep Baseball and how the game is played.

One definition of a cornea is that it is the transparent layer that forms the front of the eye. In this program you’ll hear about the new PROSE dome that is used to help heal cornea problems, about the new corneal transplant procedures and about corneal nerve regeneration. All this and more from the researchers at the Flaum Eye Institute.

: This program will bring you information about what glaucoma is, how you can recognize it, how it is diagnosed and how it is treated. You'll also receive some trusted resources if you want to do

research on your own.

In this week's program you'll hear about the movie "The Ticket," still part of the festival circuit and not on the big screen yet. "The Ticket" tells of a man who regains his sight and begins to formulate a new life for himself. You'll also hear about another man, a real person, whose sight has been restored and how that has affected his life.

Right now is good time to clean out your closets and sort out your wardrobe. This program will present tips on how to organize your clothing, jewelry and accessories in order to achieve a "put-together" look,

guaranteed to make you feel better about yourself.

Looking back in history you will find many writers who were blind either at the end of their lives or, with some, for their entire lives. In this program, you'll hear about some of the famous writers who were blind, and some that aren't so famous. You'll even hear from a present-day writer who will share what it's like to be a writer who is blind.

This program will bring you a profile of the life of Ray Charles using an article from the archives of Ability magazine. You'll also hear how his legacy continues today.     

In today's program you will learn about albinism, a condition characterized by a lack of color in the skin, eyes and hair. You'll also learn how albinos are treated in China and in the African American community.

In this program you will learn details about two kinds of eye surgery. First, cosmetic eye surgery, commonly called an eye lift, will be explored. Then you will hear about the fairly new cataract surgical procedure that uses a laser.

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