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Macular Degeneration images—the black spot can be small and grow larger

Age-related macular degeneration, often called AMD or ARMD, is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among Americans who are age 65 and older. Because people in this group are an increasingly larger percentage of the general population, vision loss from macular degeneration is a growing problem. (http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/amd.htm)

Stargardts is very similar to Macular Degeneration but occurs in younger ages…

While macular degeneration generally is associated with aging eyes, an inherited form known as Stargardt's disease can affect children and young adults.

Stargardt's disease — also called fundus flavimaculatus or Stargardt's macular dystrophy (SMD) — affects approximately one in 10,000 people and is characterized by central vision loss early in life. (Some researchers believe a distinction should be made between Stargardt's disease and fundus flavimaculatus, because they say each describes a different variant of the eye disease.) http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/stargardts.htm

See images here: Macular Degeneration and Stargardts

Low Vision children are especially vulnerable to neck and back problems but any of us who lean over work will eventually pay a very high cost.

Research at:

Have YOU got text neck? How hunching over  puts 60lbs of extra pressure on the spine

Slumping over a phone adds extra pressure on the cervical spine- the part above the shoulders – researchers found. Bending the head to a 60 degree angle adds 60 lbs – or more than four stone- worth of pressure

Slumping over a phone adds extra pressure on the cervical spine- the part above the shoulders - researchers found. Bending the head to a 60 degree angle adds 60 lbs - or more than four stone- worth of pressure

In case any of you have Russian-speaking friends interested in this
subject: Dr. Denise Robinson of TechVision has been interviewed on Radio
VOS, the Internet radio station of the All-Russia Association of the
Blind. On the show, Dr. Robinson discusses the importance and the
techniques of introducing young kids to computers and other IT devices.
Of course, the interview has been dubbed into Russian; but you can still
hear the English in the background.

Here is the direct link to this episode:

http://www.radiovos.ru/getafile.php?id=1412233813852987

Sincerely,
Oleg Shevkun
Editorial director
Radio VOS
Http://www.radiovos.ru

If you are blind or cannot read or need help remembering when to take your medications, here are a few options to help

1. The ScripTalk by Envision America-(click on link to open) is free to any person who signs up to use a participating pharmacy. It is a loan, so if you change pharmacies you need to return the device. Participating pharmacies include CVS mail order, some individual pharmacies, and some Wal Mart Pharmacies. You can see the participating pharmacies on the Envision Website or if you go to your local Wal Mart and request they get one, they have been very receptive according to Envision America.

2. Walgreens offers talking prescription labels, they use a different system. The recordable label also has an alarm to remind patients of the time to take their medications. Even if you do not use Walgreens pharmacy they are selling the recording devices with alarms for $10 each.
http://news.walgreens.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=5869

 

Introducing UEB Online

UEB Online is a training program for sighted people to learn Unified English Braille (UEB). Unified English Braille has been adopted by many countries and replaces standard english braille. This program is the first online UEB training tool. The program is suitable for classroom and specialist teachers, parents, teacher aides and other professionals supporting children and adults with vision impairment.

This program has been created by the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s Renwick Centre. We acknowledge the support and permission from the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities and Australian Braille Authority for the adaptation of content from the Unified English Braille: Australian Training Manual, 2013 (edited by Howse, J., Riessen, K., & Holloway, L.).

I am presently taking this online class. I like to get the jump on knowledge so I can teach my students along the way to keep updated with braille in general. This class is excellent, self paced…on either a Mac or PC…learning the new Braille code. I highly recommend this great and easy way to learn. When you finish, get the certification you need….and it is free!

The National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM)’sEffective Practices for Description of Science Content within DigitalTalking books at: http://ncam.wgbh.org/experience_learn/educational_media/stemdx

The “Accessible image sample book” (DIAGRAM PROJECT) at:
http://diagramcenter.org/standards-and-practices/accessible-image-sample-book.html

Tthe UKAAF (UK Association for Accessible Formats ) Guidance at:
http://www.ukaaf.org/formats-and-guidance#accessible   and
http://kn.open.ac.uk/public/workspace.cfm?wpid=3560

Other examples of equivalent text descriptions (Accessed) at:
http://access-ed.r2d2.uwm.edu/EqTDs/

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