Author of "When You Can't Believe Your Eyes," Hannah Fairbairn, chats with us about how to communicate in everyday situations when you can't rely on visual cues. Hear Hannah's own story about losing vision, her practical tips on adjusting to vision loss, and advice she has on regaining confidence in social situations.
- When You Can't Believe Your Eyes: Vision Loss and Personal Recovery by Hannah Fairbairn. Available on Amazon (print) and Google Play Books (accessible eBook,) NLS talking books, and Bookshare. A copy of the accessible eBook is available to anyone financially stretched from Hannah's website.
- Your Perfect Right: A Guide to Assertive Living by Robert Alberti. User-friendly book for beginners info on how to claim your rights as an effective, assertive individual. Also available on NLS Talking Books.
- Toastmasters International Clubs : Practice public speaking, improve your communication and build leadership skills.
- American Foundation for the Blind: Resources for people new to vision loss and their families
- Vision Loss and Personal Recovery: Author Hannah Fairbairn's website and blog, related to people losing vision, their friends, and families. You can contact Hannah at Hannah@VLPRBlog.com.
- Vision Aware resources for independent living with vision loss
- Communicating in Close Relationships with Vision Loss Blog Post
COVID-19 and Vision Loss Part 2
In this episode, we continue the conversation on living during the COVID-19 pandemic with a visual impairment. Listen in as we share some experiences, tips, and strategies for coping during these difficult times.
- APH Connect Center is a repository of vision loss-related resources. Available 8 AM - 8 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Phone: (800) 232-5463.
COVID-19 and Vision Loss
The COVID-19 crisis has brought a wave of change and uncertainty to our everyday lives. Listen in as we share personal experiences, resources and some helpful tips...all from a blind or low vision perspective.
- Tech It Out discussion: Online Grocery Delivery Services
- Tech It Out discussion: Restaurant and Cook at Home Delivery Services
- GoGo Grandparent provides access to transporation and food delivery without a smartphone.
- Aira Subscription Service is a visual interpreter service with free and paid options from your smartphone.
- Zoom is a meeting platform allowing 40-minute free meetings.
- Free downloadable COVID-19 books from National Braille Press up through April 30.
- Be My Eyes (Android and iOS) is a free visual interpreter service that connects sighted volunteers with blind users.
Assistive technology experts Ricky Enger and Steve Kelley review BlindShell, a mobile phone built for those with visual impairment. They discuss the basic features, how it differs from a traditional smartphone, and how to decide if it's right for you.
- BlindShell Website
- AT Guys assistive technology store and expertise. You can purchase BlindShell here.
- Mystic Access offers free BlindShell training materials.
- AccessWorld is a monthly magazine from AFB with reviews of blindness-related products
- AccessWorld Review of the BlindShell
- Contact Steven Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org
From Diagnosis to Support
This week we sit down with Dan Roberts, author of "The First Year-Age-Related Macular Degeneration: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed" and founder of MDSupport website and support group. Hear Dan's own story about being diagnosed with macular degeneration and what prompted him to reach out to others facing similar circumstances.
For more information, visit the MDSupport website. If you are looking for a telephone support group, or one that meets in person, check out this article on the International Low Vision Support Group. Additionally, you can contact Dan Roberts at 888-866-6148. You can also contact Marc by email at email@example.com, or call him at 847-784-2775.
Nuts, Bolts and Hand Tools
Listen in as we explore the basics of using hand tools with a visual impairment. Gil Johnson, a visually impaired home repair expert, shares tips on everything from measuring, to leveling to hammering.
- Listen to the first part of Nuts and Bolts of Home Repair. Gil Johnson talks about things to consider when undertaking home repair with blindness or low vision.
- Gil's Guide to Home Repair on VisionAware. Gil Johnson provides tips and adaptive techniques to enable people who are blind or visually impaired to use a variety of hand tools.
- ClickRule is a tactile/audible measuring device that measures in increments of 1/16 inch.
- Audible Level is a contractor-grade level that emits a solid sound when level.
Voting with a Visual Impairment
Elections are right around the corner. So we gathered a panel to talk about options for voting no matter your level of vision. Listen in as we explore everything you need to know, from registering to vote to the many ways you can cast your ballot.
- Headcount.org allows you to verify that you are registered to vote, and gives you information on your polling place.
- Vote.gov is another site that allows you to verify your voter registration status, or to complete voter registration.
- Check out "Voting on election day" for a comprehensive look at everything you need to know in order to successfully cast your ballot.
- If you're unsure about your state's voting process, visit Ballotpedia to get information specific to your state of residence.
If you have questions or feedback for our panelists, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you think.
Android Phones and Visual Impairment
Ricky sits down with Android Accessibility Product Manager Brian Kemler to discuss what is available on Android phones for those with visual impairment. From adjusting font size and color, or opting to listen with TalkBack instead, the commitment to making these powerful tools more useful to a wider audience is clear.
Nuts and Bolts of Home Repair
In this episode, Learning Expert Jennifer Ottowitz sits down with Gil Johnson, an experienced home repair and woodworking enthusiast, to chat about things to consider when undertaking home repair with blindness or low vision.
- Gil's Guide to Home Repair on VisionAware
- Woodworking for the Blind provides free MP3 recordings of current woodworking publications exclusively for the use of blind and visually impaired woodworkers. Their library contains over 2,100 recordings with over 600 hours of content for members.
These books are available in audio format from NLS (the Talking Book program).
- Jackson, Albert. Popular Mechanics Complete Home How-to. DB 59731 (May be available only for download).
- Jones, Peter. Indoor Home Repairs Made Easy. DB 14420.
- Kennedy, Terry. Fix it Before it Breaks: Seasonal Checklist Guide to Home Maintenance. DB 59610 (May be available only for download).
- Lipinski, Edward R. The New York Times Home Repair Almanac: A Season-by-Season Guide for Maintaining Your Home. DB 54745.
- Vandervort, Donald W. The Home Problem Solver: The Essential Homeowner's Repair And Maintenance Manual. DB 52518
If you have questions for Jennifer or Gil, you may contact Jennifer at email@example.com and she will be happy to relay your questions to Gil.
Hadley's Debbie Good sits down to continue a conversation with author and visually impaired world traveler Dr. Wendy David. Together they explore a wide variety of helpful hints covering train, plane, and cruise travel as well as practical information on traveling internationally and navigating hotels.
Behind the Scenes of SEE from Apple TV+
In this episode, Ricky Enger chats with Joe Strechay, associate producer on the Apple TV+ series SEE. The show takes place in a future where, after a viral apocalypse, all humans are blind. Joe takes us behind the scenes of the show and his work to help build an inclusive set for the cast and crew, including those with low to no vision. From casting to costumes, scripting to scenery, hear how Joe helped create a science fiction world that strives to be authentic to life with vision loss.
See is available with audio description on Apple TV Plus, where the first episode can be watched free, and viewers can subscribe for $4.99 a month to watch the remaining season as well as a wealth of other content. Joe Strechay welcomes questions and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find him on YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.
Hadley's Debbie Good sits down with travel author Dr. Wendy David in this latest episode. In part one of this two-part interview, Debbie and Wendy discuss tips for traveling with confidence as a blind or low vision person, advice on picking destinations, considerations for traveling alone and in a group, and more!
Wendy's book, written in 2010, can be downloaded free from Bookshare or BARD. Wendy welcomes questions by email at email@example.com, and Debbie Good would love to be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. And don't forget to join Debbie and others for Travel Talk, where you can discuss traveling in greater detail.
Mindfulness and Vision Loss
Ricky Enger is joined by Hadley's Debbie Worman and mindfulness expert Tiffany Guske in this latest episode. Debbie and Tiffany talk about what mindfulness is and the specific benefits that mindfulness can offer for those living with vision loss. Tiffany then walks listeners through a short mindfulness exercise.
- Peace Is Every Step - Thich Nhat Hanh
- Wherever You Go, There You Are - Jon Kabat-Zinn
- The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment - Eckhart Tolle
- The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself - Michael A. Singer
- Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice - Shunryu Suzuki
- Mindfulness Monday Quick Hits Blog Posts
- The Free Mindfulness Project
- The Center for Healthy Minds
- HeartMath Institute
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In this episode, Ricky Enger speaks with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, who shares the story of his sudden vision loss from NAION. Bruni speaks candidly on his adjustment to the change, maintaining a realistic attitude towards his vision loss, and the failure of medical professionals to provide resources after diagnosis.
Helpful Hints on Handwriting
Listen in as we share practical tips on how to keep your handwriting readable. This resource-packed episode includes many useful techniques and solutions to common handwriting challenges. Hadley Learning Expert Jennifer Ottowitz chats with Sue Dalton, Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist.
This show covered:
- Making the most of one's vision to see what is being written.
- Provide good lighting and comfortable seating, avoid glare, use reading stand or stack of books to move paper closer, utilize contrasting colors on writing surface.
- Writing implements - gel pens, felt tip markers, avoid ones that may bleed through paper. Try out several to determine what works best.
- Paper - dark lined paper, soft color paper (yellow, pink) to reduce glare, raised line paper.
- Writing guides - signature guide, envelope guide, check writing guide, full page templates, flexible line guides.
- Alternatives to handwriting: digital recorders, Braille, keyboard or audio input apps.
Where to find products mentioned:
Contact the guests:
Sue Dalton welcomes comments, feedback and questions and she can be reached at Dalton.email@example.com.
Jennifer Ottowitz is happy to engage with learners on this topic, and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Guide to Vision Rehab
In this episode, Hadley's Steve Kelley speaks with Kendra Farrow, from the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision, located at Mississippi State. The episode serves as a guide for those new to vision rehabilitation, including determining who is eligible for services, key differences between the medical and social services models, and how to locate services in each state.
Resources mentioned in this episode include:
To learn more, visit the website of Kendra's employer, National Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision
You can also contact Steve Kelley by email at email@example.com
Ease of Access in Windows 10
In this episode, Ricky Enger chats with Microsoft's Jeremy Curry, a Senior Program Manager with the Windows Accessibility team. New vision accessibility features are now available in Windows 10 for low vision and screen reader users.
A Conversation with Aira
In the inaugural episode of Hadley Presents, Ricky Enger and Jonathan Mosen of Aira chat about the ways in which a visual interpreter service, such as Aira, can be used to gain valuable visual information and enhance travel and leisure activities for blind and low vision users.
Learn more about Jonathan: Jonathan Mosen serves as Vice President, Australasia, and Explorer Communications for Aira. He has worked in leadership positions at several assistive technology companies including HumanWare and Freedom Scientific. He founded ACB Radio in 1999 and is a prolific Internet radio broadcaster and podcaster. He joined the team at Aira in October 2018.
Meet your host
Ricky Enger loves to learn through conversation. She enjoys talking and learning about a wide range of topics, from demonstrating the latest apps and gadgets, to discussing books, movies and strange food.
Her relaxed interviewing style allows guests to forget about the microphone and get down to the important business of sharing their knowledge and expertise. Listen in and learn as she does!