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

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

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

Beyond Letters: The Spirit and Inspiration of the ADA

In the first blog in my Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) series, I introduced readers to the story of Chelsie Reid, a student in early childhood education who was having a hard time getting the practical child care hours required for her program.  In a purely literal sense, the Americans with Disabilities Act has nothing … Continued

National Disability Employment Awareness Month: Denna Lambert’s 19 Years at NASA

Denna Lambert CC Editor’s note: In Celebration of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we interviewed Denna Lambert who started her career at NASA right after college – and has continued evolving into new and exciting roles with the agency, including becoming the diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) lead for NASA’s Early Stage … Continued