Accessibility for the Blind/Visually Impaired: 9/11 Memorial & Museum NYC

Accessibility for the Blind/Visually Impaired: 9/11 Memorial & Museum NYC

As we approach the 16th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, blind and visually impaired families should consider taking a trip to New York City’s 9/11 Memorial & Museum. The memorial and the museum are located at the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan at 180 Greenwich Street. Visitors can currently access the memorial […]

Truth In Verse: Dave Steele & Stand By Me RP

Truth In Verse: Dave Steele & Stand By Me RP

If you haven’t read Dave Steele’s poetry; you’re missing out. Big Time. Steele’s books, Stand By Me Volumes I and II were written to raise awareness and help those living with his condition, Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). Over the past two years, Dave has lost the majority of his vision to this hereditary degenerative condition which […]

Surviving the Terrible Twos

Surviving the Terrible Twos

I have a confession to make. I think my youngest child is trying to kill me.That’s right, she wants me dead. No, I’m not exaggerating. I am absolutely convinced my darling Aoife wants her mommy six feet under. At first I thought she may have been after my money, but I remembered I don’t have […]

National Braille Press Poetry Contest

National Braille Press Poetry Contest

Are you a lover of Dickinson, Longfellow or Wadsworth? Do you dabble in poetic prose in your spare time?  If so, this post is for you! The National Braille Press is hosting it’s first ever poetry contest beginning August 1, 2017! The guiding purposes of National Braille Press are to promote the literacy of blind children […]

Vision Aware: Dealing with Diaper Rash: Advice from Angela Freeman, Nurse Practitioner

Vision Aware: Dealing with Diaper Rash: Advice from Angela Freeman, Nurse Practitioner

Diaper rash is often one of the more elusive challenges for blind and visually impaired parents. Without sight, the parent most often relies on their tactile sense of touch to determine if their infant is indeed coping with this uncomfortable condition. As a Peer Advisor for the American Foundation For the Blind’s (AFB) Vision Aware […]

Vision Aware: Blind Mom Guilt & Nuala’s Diaper Rash

Vision Aware: Blind Mom Guilt & Nuala’s Diaper Rash

When my first child, Nuala, was 8 months old, she developed a very severe bout of diaper rash. The problem was, I had absolutely no idea she even had it. I thought I was changing my daughter’s diaper often enough, approximately every hour. My mother had told me to sprinkle cornstarch on her buttocks after […]

Vision Aware: 8 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Terrorism As a Blind or VI Parent

Vision Aware: 8 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Terrorism As a Blind or VI Parent

On June 3, 2017, England suffered its third terrorist attack since March. Three men purposely drove a van onto London Bridge, striking pedestrians. These individuals then emerged from the van, stabbing people around London’s popular Borough Market, a well-known hub for restaurants and bars. Eight people died, and 49 people were injured before police shot […]

6 Issues Blind/VI Parents Face With The NYC DOE UPK Program:

6 Issues Blind/VI Parents Face With The NYC DOE UPK Program:

Back in June, I explained my frustrations about trying to get my daughter, Nuala, into NYC’s UPK Program. As you might recall, she was placed in a school that would require over a 16 block walk and a ride on an MTA bus – that’s with Nuala (4), Aoife (2) and Frances. The entire trip, […]

Vision Aware: Labeling Appliances with Crafting Puffy Paint

Vision Aware: Labeling Appliances with Crafting Puffy Paint

As the mother of two toddlers, home organization, including labeling, has been key to my survival. While bump dots of various shapes and sizes have been helpful in the past; my children are notorious for playfully removing these self-adhesive stickers. Without these labels, finding buttons on appliances is often both time-consuming and frustrating. Discovering an Alternative Labeling […]

Lessons Learned From Canned Goods

Lessons Learned From Canned Goods

After a big shopping trip to stock the pantry, my daughter Sarah and I sat on the kitchen floor one Saturday afternoon marking canned goods in braille. I felt overwhelmed by the dozens of cans that needed to be labeled and put away, which led to a few sharp jabs from my conscience. My little […]

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