A visually impaired girl is opening a gift and her dad is standing next to her

6 Gifts for Someone Who is Blind or Visually Impaired

By Michael Marrone / December 21, 2020 / 0 Comments

The holidays are here and gift giving is a tradition that is celebrated by millions of people. We gather with family, fill our bellies with good food, and exchange neatly wrapped presents with the people we love. Ok, not all presents are wrapped neatly, but it’s the thought that counts, right? Although a lot of […]

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A hand putting a piece of paper in a ballot box.

Voting with a Visual Impairment

By Michael Marrone / September 25, 2020 / 0 Comments

Voting. All Americans have the right to have their voices heard.  With election season around the corner, we want to highlight a few ways for individuals who are blind or visually impaired to cast their ballots. Before we talk about the options available to you, it is important to highlight several laws that ensure individuals […]

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A visually impaired man using a white cane with a sighted guide behind him.

A Mobility Puzzle: I’m not lost, am I?

By Michael Marrone / September 21, 2020 / 0 Comments

Submitted by Mitchel Hansen, Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist All travelers need to know where they are and where they are going. This is called “orientation.” Everyone routinely uses one or more basic methods to set up and define relationships between themselves and the objects or space around them, in order to keep track of […]

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Several visually impaired people walking around using white canes.

Make Your Cane Your Own

By administr8tor / September 1, 2020 / 0 Comments

What is white with a touch of red, and is a basic Mobility tool allowing great independence for blind travelers? Yes, it is the “long cane.” Its white color is exactly the feature that makes it effective during outdoor travel. People understand what it means, and that fact can lead to increased safety for cane […]

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A visually impaired man and women using their white canes to track the path of tactile paving.

What is Tactile Paving?

By Michael Marrone / August 31, 2020 / 0 Comments

When you walk, you probably notice a series of small yellow domes in a grid pattern on sidewalks. While these may seem like an aesthetic choice, they are there to help those living with a visual impairment safely navigate their surroundings. What is Tactile Paving? These patterns are called tactile paving (also known as ground […]

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A visually impaired man using a white cane to cross the street. A sighted guide is walking next to the visually impaired man.

What Are The Different Types of White Canes?

By Michael Marrone / August 14, 2020 / 0 Comments

The white cane. A tool that many who are blind or visually impaired rely on to navigate their surroundings. While at first glance, these canes might look the same. However, they are many variations on the simple white cane that allows users to safely navigate the world around them. Here are some of the different […]

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A women reading a tablet.

Reading Books with Visual Impairments

By Michael Marrone / August 12, 2020 / 0 Comments

Books can transport you to new worlds, help you learn about new topics, and expand your way of thinking. Vision loss can make experiencing those stories a struggle. However, adaptive technology makes it possible to enjoy your favorite stories. Here are a few ways to read books with a visual impairment: Using Magnifiers and Screen […]

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A screenshot of the video game "The Last of Us Part 2". Ellie, the main character, is riding a horse into a abandoned city.

Last of Us II and Accessibility in Video Games

By Michael Marrone / August 10, 2020 / 0 Comments

Video games are a great way to transport players to new worlds and tell new stories. However, video games are a very visual medium, while also needing fast reflexes, good hearing, and great vision to be able to play. These can make it hard for those who are blind or visually impaired to interact with […]

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An employee using the rubberband machine.

US Census Rubber Band Contract

By Michael Marrone / August 5, 2020 / 0 Comments

If you noticed a rubber band when you filled out this year’s US Census, we had a hand on that band. The rubber bands are part of the AbilityOne program, meaning that we have the rights to sell this product to the federal government. Mike Blake, the product manager for the rubber bands, oversaw progress […]

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A hand holding a cellphone. The screen shows several social networking apps.

How You Can Make Social Media More Accessible.

By Michael Marrone / August 5, 2020 / 0 Comments

Social Media is a great way to connect with family, friends, and people all around the world. It’s how we celebrate important moments in life, and also, cat pictures. However, social media platforms were not designed to accommodate those with visual impairments. In recent years, platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter rolled out features dedicated […]

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