Weekly half-hour program, Mondays at 5:00 p.m. and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. on WXXI Reachout Radio

Enabled is a weekly program designed to help you be confident in saying “I can!”  The program takes a deep look into services, products and issues affecting people with vision loss. Topics are broad in scope, covering such things as adaptive technology; preferred language; election rights; audio description; vision loss & art history; visual hallucinations; the latest information & research on eye disease and even daily living products that can make your life easier.

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Following surgery, the plan for your recovery is of utmost importance. In this week’s program
you’ll hear the details of recovery after surgery for cataracts, glaucoma and even eyelid surgery. 

If you are living with low vision, you certainly know how difficult it can be to remain active and independent.
This program will give you ideas for how you can live WELL with low vision.

In this program, you will hear news stories and human interest stories from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  Topics will include retina scans, dry eye, glaucoma surgery and cornea transplants.    


Good things in small packages - that's what you'll hear in this program. Topics will include home improvements, blue light eye damage, vision and dementia and other selections chosen to keep you well-informed.

There always seems to be something you can do to make life a little easier. In this program, you'll hear ideas for grocery shopping online, prescriptions by mail, managing your time and even changing things in your home.

With information gathered from recent news publications, in this program you'll hear of new hope for aging eyes, how prostate meds can affect cataract surgery and you'll also hear from a celebrity about contact lens danger.

Turning stem cells into healthy retinal cells certainly does sound magical. In this program, you'll hear about research where this is being done and vision is being restored for people who have degenerative retinal diseases.

If you have low vision, you may realize that you could use some help. Maybe a low vision magnifier could help, but where do you begin. This program will help you sort out the facts.

While on a trip to Iceland, I had the opportunity to hold a real fish eye lens in my hand. I had to wonder if it could reveal any secrets about the human eye. I found out, and in this program I'll share with you how fish eyes are being used to regenerate human retinas. You'll also hear about how other parts of a fish can be used to benefit humans.

You are what you eat, they say. This program will explain how turmeric, or actually curcumin, and another food item called goji berries, can be of help to you if you have vision problems.

Art is not out of the picture  if you have a visual impairment. This program will explore ways of
creating art and appreciating art with special tips for people who are blind or visually impaired.  


A blind chef? A blind ballerina? Can this be true? Indeed, and in this program,you'll hear about these two inspiring people. You will also hear some useful tips about cooking or dancing if you are blind or visually impaired.

It’s almost time to lace up the sneakers and put on the new duds. It’s back to school time. In this program you will hear about some good ideas to help your visually impaired student be successful in school. 


There is a splash of color for you today…..red, pink and black and it’s all about the eyes. You’ll hear about different kinds of bleeding in the eye, the many forms of pink eye and what you can do to speed the healing of a black eye.

Politicians and journalists, now that certainly is an ‘odd couple’ considering our current situation. In this program I have discovered common ground and that is blindness.  You will hear about a blind journalist and her interview with a blind politician. You’ll also hear about a man who is the North American political correspondent for the BBC. 

How about paddling a Dragon Boat? Why not give Kabaddi a try? This program will give you an idea of how these and other sports from around the world have been specially adapted for people who are blind or visually impaired. Get ready to challenge yourself.

In today's program, you’ll hear about The Vision and Art Project, sponsored by the American Macular Degeneration Foundation. You will hear about several of the artists, all of whom had macular degeneration and found a way so they could continue making art.

This week’s program will bring you information about a rare form of eye cancer called Ocular Melanoma. I’ll have an inspirational story first and this will be followed by lots of information about this disease.  

Have you ever seen something, and then realized it’s not actually there? You might have seen people, animals or intricate patterns. These troublesome images might be visual hallucinations possibly caused by your serious eyesight problems. This program is a personal story about visual hallucinations, also called the Charles Bonnet Syndrome.


Lasik is a very popular form of laser surgery used to correct vision. In this program, an article from the New York Times will explain the risks and the long term side effects of the procedure.

Vision Health is the overall topic for this program with a major emphasis on Glaucoma. You will hear about glaucoma screening, the genetic connection, selective laser surgery,  minimally invasive surgery and even about a superbowl MVP.

Vision loss and depression – is there  a connection?  This week you’ll hear about a program called Project REBUILD.  To start things off, there will be a man who woke up blind and how Project REBUILD helped him. There will also be information about how technology might help you.   

What’s that smell? It can be good, bad or something in between, but in any case it gives you a clue about your surroundings. This week’s program will take you on a smelling tour of New York City and will also provide you with some more scientific information about your sense of smell.

Are you making your travel plans? It's that time of year! In this program you will meet a world traveler, Tony Giles. You’ll find out about all the places he’s been and how he gets around in spite of the fact that he is legally blind and almost totally deaf.


Have you hear about "lattice degeneration?" That is just one of the topics you will learn about as we take a closer look at some of the more unusual conditions that affect the retina and the macula.  Other topics will include  epiretinal membrane, vitreomacular traction, central serous chorioretinopathy and macular holes.


Many electronic devices today have what's called a virtual assistant. If you ask it a question, it will give you an answer....maybe! In this program you'll hear about the experiences of two men who are visually impaired and are using, or rather trying to use, a virtual assistant.

Get organized! Oh such good advice, but not so easy to do. In this program,  I’ll bring you some tips for organizing and labeling your clothing, as well as some ideas about doing your laundry. All to help you “Get Organized!”

If you have kids in your life, you might find that it's hard to explain your vision problems.

This program will help you. The first half contains actual information about blindness written so kids can understand it. The second half contains ideas for leading kids toward knowledge about blindness.

A visually impaired actress plays the part of a visually impaired character on a popular TV show.  This program will tell you about Marilee Talkington and the role she recently played on a milestone NCIS program. 

In this program you’ll hear recent information about the possible causes of what you might call “seeing stars.”  Plus, you’ll hear about pinpoint pupils, the condition that is also called myosis.