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Resource Roundtable Chat 2/18/2020

February 18, 2020 at

Searching for resources specific to vision loss? Have some to share? Join our Resource Roundtable to discover and share tips, unique to vision loss, for connecting to the information and support you are looking for.
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Past Discussions

Cool and Simple Gadgets

December 18, 2019

Want to get things done quickly and easily? This month we discussed low-tech items and devices for the visually impaired. The group shared their favorites, as well as how to obtain them.

Holiday Preparations

November 20, 2019

During this month's Resource Roundtable, we explored entertaining, gift-giving, and navigating holiday outings, sharing specific ideas for those with vision loss. Let's enjoy the holidays with less stress and more fun.

Holiday Gift Ideas:

Emotional Support Resources:

  • Eye2Eye Helpline: (833) 932-3931. A peer-to-peer support program for adults. They offer referrals, resources, and tips to help.
  • Guided Meditations: an introduction to mindulness from UCLA Health. Also available as an app: UCLA Mindful on the App Store and Google Play Store
  • Monthly support group offered by Spectrios Institute, held on the second Wednesday of the month from 7 - 8 PM CST. Call (712) 432-5610, code 660.
  • Well Connected offers activities, education, support groups, and friendly conversation over the phone or online for adults over the age of 60. Phone: (877) 797-7299 or email to register.

Miscellaneous Resources:

  • BlindAlive from Eyes Free Fitness, free audio recordings of guided exercise routines.
  • IFB Solutions offers a variety of services including selling adaptive products for people who are blind or visually impaired. A portion of their sales is donated to support summer camp programs for children. Call (828) 761-2468.
  • Computers for the Blind provides low cost refurbished laptops and desktop computers with assistive technology for people who are visually impaired. Call (214) 340-6328.

This month we continued the conversation from last time on connections. We shared how to expand connections online through social media and listserves, and then discussed ways to build stronger connections with friends and family.

Creating Connections

September 18, 2019

A support network can be incredibly helpful in finding resources and achieving your goals. Where do you turn for support? This month, we explored ways to expand your support network through support groups, blindness organizations, and other communities.

Resources:

A Roadmap to Resources

August 21, 2019

This month was all about taking action and remembering to be mindful! We explored how to design a roadmap to guide you toward the resources you are looking for. The group also shared accessibility support numbers and websites that can get you started.

Information and Referral Resources

  • Hadley Information and Referral phone number: (800) 323-4238
  • APH ConnectCenter (formerly with AFB) information line is (800) 232-5462. The number is live Monday through Friday, 8 AM - 4:30 PM and the voicemail is active 24/7. This line provides free information on virtually any topic related to visual impairment and blindness.
  • National Federation of the Blind, consumer organization for support and meeting others
  • VisionAware Directory of Services

Accessibility Support

Apps and Websites

Mindfulness

  • "Introduction to Mindfulness from a DBT Perspective", article describing mindfulness
  • "Mindfulness, at its essence, is simply being present. This means paying attention to what is happening right now. Without judgment. Without overthinking. Without invalidating your experience. Mindfulness is just being willing to show up to the present moment. It is acceptance of the present moment."
  • From an interview with Henry Winkler: "I live by two words - gratitude and tenacity. Tenacity gets me where I want to go...And gratitude doesn't allow me to be angry along the way."

Beginning Your Search

July 17, 2019

For our first roundtable discussion, we shared our reasons for joining the group and what we hope to gain from connecting and sharing with others. We then discussed how to be a self-advocate, how to build resilience, and how to set goals even when we don't know where to turn next.

Resources:

  • APH ConnectCenter, their information line is 800-232-5462. The number is live Monday through Friday, 8 AM - 4:30 PM and the voicemail is active 24/7. This line provides free information on virtually any topic related to visual impairment and blindness.
  • Vision Loss Resources provides state-by-state resources, sports and recreation links, and films that included characters who were visually impaired.
  • VisionAware Directory of Services
  • Hadley Presents: A Guide to Vision Rehab, an interview with Kendra Farrow, from the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision, located at Mississippi State University.
  • Accessible Smartphone Games, from Hadley's Tech It Out discussion group.

Important Considerations

Content shared during discussions is for general information purposes only. We encourage you to thoroughly consider if any resource or suggestion is a good fit for you. The inclusion of links does not imply a recommendation or endorsement. The opinions expressed by the participants are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Hadley.