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Overcoming Vision Loss: A Starter Kit

“I’m Losing Vision, now what?”: A Listening Guide for Volunteers and You

This tutorial is directed toward people recently experiencing loss of vision. You will find resources and advice through listening to online audio libraries at the ‘Hadley Institute’ and the ‘Eyes On Success’ radio show. Prescott-based ‘Catch the Vision’ individuals with decades of low vision life experience created this “starter kit” and are available to answer your questions.


This email or web page can be used directly if you retain the ability to read and click the resource links. Alternatively, a volunteer can speak the questions and manage the clicking. The computer requires a working audio player in the system and might be best heard with an attached speaker. A “smart phone” (Apple or Android) might work in place of a computer.


So, you have some vision loss, now use this guide to help you understand and adjust to that condition. Ready, set, listen!!!

What does your eyesight diagnosis mean? What does your eye doctor recommend?

Hear retired teacher Dan Roberts tell his story of finding his way with macular degeneration.
Hadley Presents podcast on macular degeneration.
Click the PLAY button or download the audio file.


A medical and prevention email discussion forum’ is at
WWW.MDSupport.Org, Dan Roberts, Director
and the
‘American Federation for Blind’ directory Vision Aware.Org .

2. Getting adjusted takes time and patience, as in “asking people for help” and organizing your home. Where’s the manual for vision loss?

“When you can’t believe your eyes” is a well-structured book of practical and social tips. Radio show hosts interview low vision therapist author Hannah Fairbairn, with book details, at
vision adjustment book interview ‘Eyes On Success’ podcast.
Download or play the mp3 audio file.

3. Let’s get practical.

Lucky you!!! Hundreds of similar topics related to your situation are discussed at
Hadley.edu and
EyesOnSuccess.net.


Explore their search functions and show notes. Both sites offer tips and tricks on cooking, labeling, walking, shopping, traveling, sports, games, health, and safety.


To browse a catalog for gadgets you need or want or never knew existed, go to site
LSS Assistive Technology Products
or call 1-800-468-4789 for the printed version.

4. How can you keep reading?

Narrated books, magazines and news are just a phone call away at ‘Arizona Talking Book Library’.


Call 1-800-255-5578 and request an application. You’ll qualify if you cannot read standard printed material as certified by a vision specialist or your local librarian. There’s no charge for the audio books, equipment, supplies or mailing. Visit the site at
Arizona Talking Books.

5. Who is “Catch the Vision”?

Learn About us. We’re “low vision techies at your service”. We have been in your situation a while back. Our goal now is to knock down some barriers to speed up your visionk adjustment.


See contacts below or come to one of our Zoom sessions hosted through Prescott Public Library.

What comes after the Starter Kit?

Wait, there’s more, when you’re ready!!!


Too much information? You’re entering another world and need a new vocabulary. Get used to these terms: “vision rehabilitation”, “active daily living”, “confident living”; “low vision”, “visually impaired”, “visually handicapped”, “legally blind”, etc. Then there’s “assistive technology”, “orientation and mobility”, and your “disability rights”.


“Assistive technology” includes “text to speech”, “screen readers”, iPad/iPhone VoiceOver”, Google Android Talkback, “book readers”, “talking books”. “GPS tools help locate and navigate. Labelers mark papers and clothes. Scanners read mail and labels.


Skills you’ll gain include: getting used to “text to speech”, that is, your computer talks to you; making phone and text calls; fixing your home with contrast and lights and safety; reading with magnifiers; labeling things; questioning your eye doctor; getting state or veterans assistance; meeting for support, information, and spreading awareness around the community.

Bon Voyage!!!


Contact and Credits

This page is at https://catchthevision.Life. Published August 2020 by Susan L. Gerhart, Bob Walker, and Donna Bennet.


Contact dbenny39@gmail.com or slger123@gmail.com or Susan 928.848.9292.


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Resources, Conferences, updates

some resources from the conference interview circuit, including two Apple apps with podcasts. More to come…

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Coming Course: Living With Low Vision


  • What:Confident Living with Low Vision Course
  • When:Spring 2019 March 7,14,21,28,April 4
    Thursdays 1:00 to 3:15 p.m.
  • Where:Prescott United Methodist Church Campus
    505 West Gurley Street
    Douglas Meeting Room across from the People Who Care office.
  • Registration: is a must! Call 928-445-2480.
    A family member or friend is welcome to participate in the course.
    Course is limited to 30 participants.
  • Topics

    • Understanding Medical Conditions of the Eye,
    • Research & Treatment, Vitamins Make a Difference
    • Orientation & Mobility, Guide Dogs
    • Getting Organized, Safety Steps,
    • Reading and Writing & Lighting Tips, ‘Your Home is Your Castle’
    • Community Resources
    • Dealing with Life’s Changes
    • Audio and other Useful Technologies



Members of Catch the Vision will tell our assistive technology stories and illustrate, for example: Basic Apple VoiceOver use; iPhone and iPad reading and recognition apps; Pen Friend note taker; computer screen readers; and entertainment products.


Highly Recommended!!!

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Recommended Vision-Related Apps and Podcasts

Vision Information Recommendations

slger123@gmail.com https://CatchTheVision.life

Recommended APPLE IOS Apps that solve vision problems


  • ‘Money Reader’ tells denominations of bills
  • ‘Voice Dream’ reads PDF text, BookShare, Gutenberg$10, additional voices for $3
  • ‘KNFB’ converts graphical PDF and Camera images to and reads text ($$$)
  • ‘Seeing AI’ Recognizes short text, color, objects, faces, currency, …) (Microsoft experiment, free)
  • ‘Airs LA’ directory of podcasts and news
  • ‘Access World’ articles from AFB Magazine
  • ‘VOStarter’ VoiceOver tutorial
  • ‘Clear Record’, Audio Memos, and other voice note takers
  • ‘Blindsquare’ GPS and surroundings guide ?$20
  • ‘Be My Eyes’ remote viewer, several others on service plan
  • ‘Digit Eyes’ label and barcode reader
  • ‘Blind Bargains’ online store
  • Pod catcher iCatcher$3
  • Native IOS notes, news, …

Note: Find these in the app store, requiring AppleId and credit card to buy

Recommended Podcasts on Vision-Related Topics

(Podcatcher iCatcher) also Stitcher Radio and native Podcasts app


  • ‘Eyes On Success’, weekly interviews, 400 past shows
  • ‘AppleVis’ News and VoiceOver App reviews, ratings, and forums — ESSENTIAL
  • ‘Blind Abilities’ human interest interviews and reviews
  • ‘Low Vision Technology’ demonstrations by a low vision doctor
  • ‘I See using various technologies from a blind person’s perspective’, product demos
  • ‘All Cool Blind Tech’, app demos and discussions
  • ‘Assistive Technology Update’ from Indiana Easter Seals plus ‘Accessibility Moment’ descriptions
  • ‘AccessibleWorld.org’ (not a podcast, mp3 on website), product reviews, book clubs
  • NFB and ACB Conference presentations and product reviews (streamed in July)

Note:

use ‘add podcasts’ then search by podcast name or using keywords ‘blind’, ‘low vision’, ‘visually impaired’, …


Please comment, suggest additions or deletions, and tell your experience.