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 celebration of

Women's History Month, this program will bring you profiles of ten American women who are blind.  They will be an inspiration to you.

Enabled #1612: Eye Cancer, 03/14/16

Mar 14, 2016

This program will help you cope with a diagnosis of eye cancer. You will hear information about the types of eye cancer, the signs and symptoms, how it can be diagnosed, and the treatments that might be available to you.

In this second of two programs on vision restoration and rehabilitation, you'll hear from a woman who is actually living with the technology. You'll also learn about cutting edge research being done in Australia, restoring vision without using the actual eye itself.

It has been several years since the so called bionic eye was introduced, and now that people are using the Argus II, questions have come up about this type of vision restoration and the rehabilitation strategies that are needed. This program will explore those ideas.

In this program you will learn about sports eye injuries and the eye protection that is available to prevent such injuries.

In this program, I

will bring you several reports from the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Topics will include their new brand image, "falls and brawls" as a source of eye injuries and a new medication that encourages quick healing after eye surgery.

In this program you will hear about two amazing football players who are blind. One plays with University of Southern California, and the other played on his high school team in Corbin, Kentucky.

Enabled#1606: Do It Yourself, or Not?, 02/01/16

Feb 1, 2016

This program will help you decide when you can treat an eye problem by yourself and when you should see an eye doctor for treatment. OTC medicine information will be included as well as a description of the basic structure of the eye.

This program will bring you recent news stories about vision loss and blindness. Topics will include a vaccine for river blindness, the effect of yoga on glaucoma, a new HD video magnifier, driving with low vision and new Braille courses.

Is Braille still relevant in a high tech world? In this program you'll hear how Braille has and is adapting to an increasingly technological world.

This week's program contains tips for making everyday life easier for people who have low vision. Topics include lighting, magnifiers, restaurant menus, medications and even some new smartphone apps that are designed to help.

In this week's program you will hear about the common vision problems that are found in young children and teenagers. Ambylopia and Lazy Eye in children will be mentioned, as will computer eye strain, eye injuries and eye exams for teens.

This week's program will focus on the the "Big Four," the most common age-related eye diseases. There will also be a collection of tips to help cope with age-related eye diseases.

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.