Blind With Vision Blog

How My Dream Transformed Into A Reality

While a senior at Lenape High School, I applied to a couple of scholarships. One of those applications went to the Medford Business Association. In that scholarship essay, I dreamt that five years in the future I would be employed at a company performing bookkeeping. That was in 2006. In November

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Golf for the Blind: Turning an Obstacle into an Opportunity

Golf is a great game to play from April to late October. What many don’t realize is that not only sighted individuals enjoy playing it, but blind and visually impaired individuals as well. In 1948, four blind individuals from the Philadelphia area who enjoy playing the game of golf joined

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SPORTS JAMBOREE FOR BLIND AND WHEELCHAIR PARTICIPANTS

Are you a blind or wheelchair individual and want to participate in sport activities that you usually are not able to participate in due to your disability? Are you age 40 or younger? If so, the International Sports Jamboree provided by the Verizon West Virginia Pioneers is the place for you! The

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Blind People Reading Print They Can’t See? There’s an App for That!

I am a legally blind individual with an eye condition called Bardet Biedl Syndrome and have difficulty reading printed materials. Typically, I read using electronic magnifiers such as a Close Circuit TV or Freedom Scientific’s Ruby magnifier. But, these have downsides. A CCTV, especially a

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Siri and the Visually Impaired: Call Me Apple!

When Apple first introduced the voice assistant Siri with the iPhone 4S in 2011, I can tell you that many people I know were thrilled to say the least. Siri with its ability to translate voice commands has the potential to make life so much easier for visually impaired individuals. Using voice

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Getting Into The Game of Life

From obesity to half marathon day. The picture on the left was taken on Mother’s Day 2013. The picture on the right was taken on April 16, 2016, 120 pounds lighter and wearing her pink Team Princess Warrior T-shirt Editor’s Note: Linda Melendez currently serves as board member of the

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Literacy for the Blind

The large majority of individuals are able to read printed materials with their eyes. But what about the blind and visually impaired community? Most blind and visually impaired individuals read printed materials through speech output. This includes audio books, scanned materials, or materials read

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QuickBooks for the Blind

Most individuals use QuickBooks for their bookkeeping needs with point and click visual techniques. But what about those who are blind, visually impaired, and print disabled? Up until 2013, it was a challenge. I know from personal experience. I had to use a combination of a screen magnification

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Navigating Microsoft Outlook Nonvisually

As many people know, Microsoft Outlook is used to view email, contacts, calendar events, and so much more. Most individuals navigate Outlook using the mouse. But those who are blind, visually impaired, or print disabled navigate it from a different perspective with the keyboard. Here is a listing

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The Meaning of “Blind With Vision”

When most individuals learn that someone is blind, they believe that individual has complete or partial loss of vision. What they don’t realize is that the blind individual has only lost their physical vision, and still has the use of mental and tactile vision. An example of mental vision is

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