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.
- LS&S Group
- Indepent Living Aids
- Marquez Products for those with special needs and disabilities. Phone: (888) 238-3393.
- Future Aids
- Independence Market from National Federation of the Blind
- American Printing House for the Blind Daily Living Products
- Genius 12-Cup Chopper from QVC
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:
- The 2019 AccessWorld Holiday Gift Guide from AFB
- Gift Ideas for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired from VisionAware
- Future Aids: The Braille Superstore
- LS&S Gifts for Grandparents
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.
- 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.
October 16, 2019
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.
Social Media and Accessibility:
- Social media primer for people who are blind or partially sighted YouTube video from CNIB
- How accessible is social media if you have a visual impairment? from Life of a Blind Girl Blog
- The Power of Engagement: How and Why to Make Social Media Accessible to Everyone from Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired
- AFB: Accessibility and Facebook
- AFB: Accessibility and Twitter
- AFB: Accessibility and LinkedIn
- Top 45 Blind and Visually Impaired YouTube Channels of 2019 YouTube video from Blind to Billionaire
Social Media Platforms:
Listservs and Mailing Lists:
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.
- National Federation of the Blind (NFB) - Phone: (410) 659-9314
- American Council of the Blind (ACB) - Phone: (800) 424-8666
- NFB - NEWSLINE - Phone: (866) 504-7300
- ACB Radio - Phone: (712) 775-4808
- Blind and Beyond Radio Show
- APH CareerConnect - for job seekers who are visually impaired
- FamilyConnect - for parents of children with visual impairments
- VisionAware article, "Support Groups: Their Role in the Adjustment Process for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired"
- Foundation Fighting Blindness
- 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
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
- Apple Accessibility Phone Support: (877) 204-3930
- Google Accessibility: If you use the Be My Eyes app, you can contact a Google Disability Support specialist directly through the app. As of right now, there is no other way to make a direct call to Google Accessibility.
- Microsoft Accessibility Phone Support: (800) 936-5900
- Amazon Accessibility Phone Support: (888) 283-1678
- Aira is free for everyone for the first 5 minutes now! Aira Phone Support: (800) 835-1934
- Vispero, the company that supports JAWS, has training opportunities and a support email address for JAWS-related questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Apps and Websites
- Voxer app for dictating text messages
- Voice Dream Scanner App for quickly taking a picture of text and having it read out loud
- "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."
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.
- 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.
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