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

In this program, I will share a blog with you. Will Butler attended a week long training and confidence-building program in California. He writes vividly about his experience and how it changed him.

A man in California made a bequest of $125 million to the San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind. The money is being put to use by the organization's director, Bryan Bashin. In this program you'll hear details about the giver and the man who is using the gift to help so many people who are blind.

This week we'll hear some statistics about pediatric vision loss, as well as some hopeful reports from the November meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology on advances in treatment for various pediatric eye conditions.

In this program let me introduce you to a woman named Kathy Nimmer. You'll find out about her background and what led her to become an award-winning teacher, author and motivational speaker.  It's quite an amazing story.     

There are many exciting developments in the field of navigation for people with vision problems. There are some mighty smart people out there working on all kinds of navigation aids. In this program you'll hear about NavCog, VizWiz, an intelligent white cane being developed in France and an app called Help Me Get There.

Excerpts from the book "The Artist's Eyes: Vision and the History of Art" will be shared. Topics include retinal diseases and art, age-related macular degeneration, presbyopia and Rembrandt's vision problems.

This program will present information on many of the eye diseases and common problems that you may experience as you age. You'll hear some tips on preventing these problems and treating these problems.

In this program you'll hear about  research that is hoping to restore vision lost to glaucoma. There is also an article about uveitic glaucoma, an inflammatory eye disease. You will also hear about three different ways of accessing the printed word, a help to those who can no longer actually read books, magazines or newspapers.

This week's program will bring you up to date information about the self-driving cars that are being developed by Google, Apple and many of the mainstream automobile makers. Is there anything in it for a person who is blind or visually impaired? Listen so you can make an informed decision.

This program will tell you about a fund-raising event in the Chicago area , and even if you can't attend the fancy party, there are three books involved that should be of interest to you. You'll hear reviews and comments about them.

This week's program will be easy and flowing, just like jazz music. You'll hear about a young pianist, Justin Kauflin, the legendary trumpeter Clark Terry and a filmmaker/drummer/surfer named Alan Hicks. What do they have in common? Jazz, of course.

This week's program is about two award-winning researchers who are hard at work making science and math more accessible for people who are blind or visually impaired. Graphs, diagrams and equations will be easier to understand by using software from their companies.

In this week's program I will share the newsletter InSights with you. It's published by ABVI-Goodwill of Rochester. The feature article will be about their collaboration with Xerox on an accessible workplace, and you'll also hear profiles of inspiring people who have used their services.

This program will share some humorous and practical advice about make-up, namely eye shadow and lipstick. You'll also hear about how you can attempt to understand body image if you are visually impaired.

Laser assisted cataract surgery is a relatively new procedure that is being met with great enthusiasm by ophthalmologists. This program will explain what it is all about and will help you decide if it might be something you should consider.

The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind provides an up-to-date news digest for people who are blind. This program will include stories about a smartwatch with active Braille, emergency preparedness, an iPhone feature, and PRLs, preferred retinal locations.

A sensory garden is one that is designed especially for people who are blind or visually impaired. This program will describe several gardens and suggest even more that you could visit on your own. You'll be encouraged to touch, smell, listen and maybe even taste when you're enjoying these gardens.

In this program you will hear about audio description that is offered by museums and art galleries everywhere. You'll actually hear detailed audio guide descriptions of three works of art. It will be just like a mini trip to an art gallery.

In this week's program, the second of two featuring newsletters from around the country, you'll be hearing about a canine development center in Michigan, a museum in New Hampshire, book choices and a recipe from California and program ideas from Ohio.      

In this program, the first of two, you'll be hearing background information from Pennsylvania about white canes, blind students behind the wheel in Colorado, a story of independence in Iowa and a special garden in Colorado.

It has been said that "The way a society refers to people with disabilities, shapes its beliefs about them."  With that in mind, the concept of People First Language will be explained in this week's program. You'll hear pro's and con's that will help you come to your own conclusions about this idea.

In this program, you'll hear memories of a past world series match and you'll discover just what beep baseball is all about. After this, you'll be eager to make plans to attend the 2015 World Series of Beep Baseball in Rochester, NY, July 26-August 2.