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 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.