News about Blindness and Vision Loss

Want to know what's going on in blindness research, adaptive technology, independent living products, or general news that can help you live independently?  We'll bring you some of the latest stories and links to information that you can use!

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Tax time is right around the corner. Need help with accessibility? Check out this captioned and audio described video for information on accessible forms etc.

Hundreds of accessible federal tax forms and publications are available for download from the IRS.  You can choose from large-print, text, accessible PDFs, e-Braille, or HTML formats that are compatible when used with screen readers and refreshable Braille displays.

January is Braille Literacy Month

Jan 18, 2017

January is Braille Literacy Month. The use of braille in schools is often a topic of discussion and disagreement. There are some that believe braille is no longer needed. Others are firm believers that braille is a key tool for literacy.

12-year-old Hari Bhimaraju of Cupertino, California, has always been fascinated by science and technology, and she's putting her skills to good use by creating tools for the visually impaired.

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If you are dealing with Age-Related Macular Degeneration, you can help with a national research study; but time is of the essence, as there are just two more weeks to participate in this survey.

We've all heard the saying that "kids don't come with an instruction manual," and parenting isn't easy.  But what if you're a blind or visually impaired parent?  You are not alone!

Whether you are just considering having children, or if you're at one of those stages like potty training, sending them off to school, or the dreaded teenage years, The American Foundation for the Blind has resources for you.

Lots of links and resources here.

If you saw the new documentary Sight: The Story of Vision recently on WXXI television, you should know that there is now a companion e-book available for download from the iBooks store.

The book is viewable on iPads, Kindles, other eBook readers, other IOS and Android devices, and computers.

Just because you've been diagnosed with macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy or cataracts, doesn't mean that you have to give up playing games with the grandchildren.

The American Foundation for the Blind has a number of adapted games, as well as ideas on how you can adapt games for your yourself.  Learn more.

Is a Guide Dog right for you?

Oct 10, 2016

So you grew up with a puppy and dogs have always been a part of your life.  But what if you've never experienced that bond of "man's best friend?" 

When vision loss comes, you may be considering whether a guide dog might be right for you.  After all, what can a guide dog do for you?

Did you know that people of Hispanic and Latino ancestry are more likely to develop diabetes and diabetes-related vision problems? 

As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, here's a look at specific health-related problem related to diabetes.  Resources and information are available in English and Spanish.  Learn more.

What do you know about Usher Syndrome?

Oct 3, 2016

Usher syndrome is an inherited condition characterized by hearing impairment and progressive vision loss. The vision loss is due to retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a degenerative condition of the retina, and usually appears during adolescence or early adulthood. Balance may also be affected. Symptoms vary from person to person and progress at different rates.  Learn more about who's at risk, related diseases and treatments.