The Gift of Low Vision and Higher Education

Yokasta Urena, MS.Ed., Sp.Ed., TVI Doctoral Candidate at New England College Email:  Yokasta.urena1@gmail.com Instagram: beyond20201 The educational journey for people with low vision and blindness can be challenging. It is precisely those challenges that empower us. They build our character and can empower us to create lasting change in the lives of others. “If we … Continued

What is Bioptic Driving?

Every day many young people are given the news that obtaining a driver’s license is not in their future due to blindness or low vision. Adults also face this challenge but with the possibility of losing their license. This news, no matter the age, not only has an emotional impact but also has an impact … Continued

Joe Strechay Helps Actors and Production Teams Accurately Portray Blindness

Joe Strechay has the kind of career many people dream about: working in the entertainment business. His job? Making sure that blindness is represented accurately, especially by actors who are sighted. Born with retinitis pigmentosa, Joe later developed cataracts and has been legally blind since he was 19. He’s always been interested in media and … Continued

DeafBlind: Behind Screens

Editor’s note: As the holidays approach and gatherings ensue, remember that the goal is not to prove yourself, a person who is blind or low vision, as worthy because you’re capable, independent, and mannerly. Enjoy your family and friends. George Stern, who is DeafBlind, shares a personal story about holding himself to an unnecessarily high … Continued

Financial Literacy: Another Key to Independence  

Lisa Lloyd has plenty of personal experience with blindness and low vision. She has retinitis pigmentosa that causes her night blindness, and within her family there are 16 people across five generations with some level of blindness or low vision, including one of her daughters and her father, who are both blind. She’s a volunteer … Continued

Orientation & Mobility: Helping People who are Blind or Low Vision Lead Their Best Lives

Orientation & Mobility (O&M) training is essential so people who are blind or low vision can move through life independently at every age. O&M specialists are trained to help people “know where they are in space and get where they want to go safely,” says Kassandra Maloney, an O&M specialist and founder of Allied Independence, … Continued

Transition to College: Program Activity Guide for Students who are Blind or Low Vision

Editor’s note: Do you work with students who are blind or low vision? Do you want to empower them to prepare for college or career school? Check out Alicia Wolfe’s updated blog on the Transition to College: Program Activity Guide for Students who are Blind or Low Vision. Additionally, tune in to APH ConnectCenter’s next … Continued

Hobbies as an Individual Who Is Blind or Low Vision

Editor’s note: Don’t let blindness or low vision steal the joy of engaging and flourishing in a new or longstanding hobby. You will find satisfaction and entertainment while participating, and you’ll reap work-related benefits. The following blog has been updated as of October 2022. Hobbies as an Individual Who Is Blind or Low Vision Oh, … Continued

Cane Acceptance or Not, That Is the Question

Editor’s note: White Cane Safety Day, remembered annually on October 15th, is a day for recognizing the achievements of individuals who are blind or low vision and a day for celebrating the white cane, a tool enabling independence! Alexis Read shares her story of accepting the use of her white cane. White Cane Acceptance or … Continued