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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In this program you'll hear an article from Popular Mechanics magazine which explains what makes the baseball beep. The article will also explain the rules of Beep Baseball and how the game is played.

One definition of a cornea is that it is the transparent layer that forms the front of the eye. In this program you’ll hear about the new PROSE dome that is used to help heal cornea problems, about the new corneal transplant procedures and about corneal nerve regeneration. All this and more from the researchers at the Flaum Eye Institute.

: This program will bring you information about what glaucoma is, how you can recognize it, how it is diagnosed and how it is treated. You'll also receive some trusted resources if you want to do

research on your own.

In this week's program you'll hear about the movie "The Ticket," still part of the festival circuit and not on the big screen yet. "The Ticket" tells of a man who regains his sight and begins to formulate a new life for himself. You'll also hear about another man, a real person, whose sight has been restored and how that has affected his life.

Right now is good time to clean out your closets and sort out your wardrobe. This program will present tips on how to organize your clothing, jewelry and accessories in order to achieve a "put-together" look,

guaranteed to make you feel better about yourself.

Looking back in history you will find many writers who were blind either at the end of their lives or, with some, for their entire lives. In this program, you'll hear about some of the famous writers who were blind, and some that aren't so famous. You'll even hear from a present-day writer who will share what it's like to be a writer who is blind.

This program will bring you a profile of the life of Ray Charles using an article from the archives of Ability magazine. You'll also hear how his legacy continues today.     

In today's program you will learn about albinism, a condition characterized by a lack of color in the skin, eyes and hair. You'll also learn how albinos are treated in China and in the African American community.

In this program you will learn details about two kinds of eye surgery. First, cosmetic eye surgery, commonly called an eye lift, will be explored. Then you will hear about the fairly new cataract surgical procedure that uses a laser.

In celebration of

Women's History Month, this program will bring you profiles of ten American women who are blind.  They will be an inspiration to you.

Enabled #1612: Eye Cancer, 03/14/16

Mar 14, 2016

This program will help you cope with a diagnosis of eye cancer. You will hear information about the types of eye cancer, the signs and symptoms, how it can be diagnosed, and the treatments that might be available to you.

In this second of two programs on vision restoration and rehabilitation, you'll hear from a woman who is actually living with the technology. You'll also learn about cutting edge research being done in Australia, restoring vision without using the actual eye itself.

It has been several years since the so called bionic eye was introduced, and now that people are using the Argus II, questions have come up about this type of vision restoration and the rehabilitation strategies that are needed. This program will explore those ideas.

In this program you will learn about sports eye injuries and the eye protection that is available to prevent such injuries.

In this program, I

will bring you several reports from the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Topics will include their new brand image, "falls and brawls" as a source of eye injuries and a new medication that encourages quick healing after eye surgery.

In this program you will hear about two amazing football players who are blind. One plays with University of Southern California, and the other played on his high school team in Corbin, Kentucky.

Enabled#1606: Do It Yourself, or Not?, 02/01/16

Feb 1, 2016

This program will help you decide when you can treat an eye problem by yourself and when you should see an eye doctor for treatment. OTC medicine information will be included as well as a description of the basic structure of the eye.

This program will bring you recent news stories about vision loss and blindness. Topics will include a vaccine for river blindness, the effect of yoga on glaucoma, a new HD video magnifier, driving with low vision and new Braille courses.

Is Braille still relevant in a high tech world? In this program you'll hear how Braille has and is adapting to an increasingly technological world.

This week's program contains tips for making everyday life easier for people who have low vision. Topics include lighting, magnifiers, restaurant menus, medications and even some new smartphone apps that are designed to help.

In this week's program you will hear about the common vision problems that are found in young children and teenagers. Ambylopia and Lazy Eye in children will be mentioned, as will computer eye strain, eye injuries and eye exams for teens.

This week's program will focus on the the "Big Four," the most common age-related eye diseases. There will also be a collection of tips to help cope with age-related eye diseases.

In this program, I will share a blog with you. Will Butler attended a week long training and confidence-building program in California. He writes vividly about his experience and how it changed him.

A man in California made a bequest of $125 million to the San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind. The money is being put to use by the organization's director, Bryan Bashin. In this program you'll hear details about the giver and the man who is using the gift to help so many people who are blind.

This week we'll hear some statistics about pediatric vision loss, as well as some hopeful reports from the November meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology on advances in treatment for various pediatric eye conditions.

In this program let me introduce you to a woman named Kathy Nimmer. You'll find out about her background and what led her to become an award-winning teacher, author and motivational speaker.  It's quite an amazing story.     

There are many exciting developments in the field of navigation for people with vision problems. There are some mighty smart people out there working on all kinds of navigation aids. In this program you'll hear about NavCog, VizWiz, an intelligent white cane being developed in France and an app called Help Me Get There.

Excerpts from the book "The Artist's Eyes: Vision and the History of Art" will be shared. Topics include retinal diseases and art, age-related macular degeneration, presbyopia and Rembrandt's vision problems.

This program will present information on many of the eye diseases and common problems that you may experience as you age. You'll hear some tips on preventing these problems and treating these problems.

In this program you'll hear about  research that is hoping to restore vision lost to glaucoma. There is also an article about uveitic glaucoma, an inflammatory eye disease. You will also hear about three different ways of accessing the printed word, a help to those who can no longer actually read books, magazines or newspapers.