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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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Modern technology should be able to make everyday life easier for people with visual impairments. This program will present lots of technology tips for you to consider. Most will be free, but some will have a cost. There will be suggestions for both android devices and apple devices.  Be prepared to take notes!

Gene Therapy – what is it, who can it help and how can it help? This program will attempt to answer those questions in a very understandable way. There’s lots to learn.   

The COVID-19 pandemic is now about 6 months old. This week’s program will bring you updated information about ho

w the coronavirus is affecting your eyes and your eye care decisions.

Have you heard of the American Foundation for the Blind?  From their website, the mission of the American Foundation for the Blind is to create a world of no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired. This program will bring you information about the AFB from their newsletter called FOCUS. 

You know they are good for you – those leafy green vegetables - but how can you make them more appealing? In this program, you will hear about the best leafy greens and how to use them so you’ll love them. There’s even An Incredible Hulk Smoothie. 

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, so this week’s program will be all about the kids: Vision exams for kids, how vision develops in young children and you’ll also hear about vision problems that some kids might have to face.

The lyrics of a song can have a powerful impact on a listener. In this program, I’ll bring you the thoughts of a young woman who is blind about songs that are her favorites. They have inspired her to love her disability

A long time has passed since you’ve heard anything about driverless cars on this program, because back then, they weren’t really driverless. Time passes and there is now updated information on autonomous vehicles or driverless cars in this program. 

Using information from Britannica, this program will trace blindness through the ages, all the way from the ancient world up to the present.

In this progr

am, you will discover how some of the world’s most famous artists dealt with their own eye diseases and how their work changed. You will also hear how sighted artists, through the ages, tried to depict people who were blind.

This program will continue explaining the benefits of low vision rehabilitation. You will learn about environmental changes you can make and about available products to help you maximize your remaining vision. 

This program will help you understand the benefits of low vision rehabilitation, starting with a description of the evaluation and assessment you’ll need to get started. It will include some adaptations and training tips, with more to follow in the next program. 

Little program notes and ideas just sort of pile up, waiting to fit in. Today’s program features a collection of those little ideas that I call Timely Tidbits. You’ll hear about two very important organizations,  some healthy eating suggestions and about a New York City busker.

Summer is here and it’s time to get outside and enjoy the garden. In this program you’ll hear about sensory gardens, how you can make your own and where you can go to visit a delightful public sensory garden.  They are created just for you!

In order to understand the present, it’s always good to look back. In this program you’ll hear a short history of ophthalmology and you’ll hear about some of the people who made important contributions to this field.

We are in the middle of three American holidays that focus on our flag. In today’s program, you’ll hear about very special tactile flags and how you can get one for yourself. You’ll also hear an exciting story about a dad who, a long time ago, made tactile maps for his son.    

These days, we certainly are hearing a lot of news about the Covid-19 pandemic. This program will present different information about this disease. It will be all about the coronavirus and how it might affect your eyes.   

Gleams is the name of the newsletter published quarterly by the Glaucoma Research Foundation. It consistently provides up to date information about the sight-robbing disease of glaucoma. In this program, you’ll hear articles from three recent issues of Gleams magazine.   


With summer on the way, everyone is thinking about summer fun. This program will tell you about a blind competitive swimmer, the robust game of beep baseball and the more serene summer sport of sailing.

In an earlier program, you heard about two talented musicians who made it into the big-time despite their blindness – Andrea Bocelli and Jose Feliciano. Today you’ll hear about several more musicians who are blind, maybe not quite so famous but still extremely talented and, I think, very interesting people.

If you heard the unique performance by Andrea Bocelli on Easter Sunday at the Duomo in Milan, you know how special it was. In this program, I will share with you what happened behind the scenes that made this performance so inspiring. I also have information on the life of Andrea Bocelli and an article about another famous musician who is blind. 

It is hard to find and keep a job, especially if you are visually impaired. This program will give you some job-hunting tips and some insight into the mind of a potential employer. You'll hear a success story too.

Enabled #2017: Retinoblastoma, 04/20/20

Apr 20, 2020

In this program, you will hear about a type of cancer called Retinoblastoma and how it is affecting the lives of young twin girls and their family. On the bright side, there will be a trip to a very special Florida resort, a dream come true for a lot of kids.

Enabled #2016: Guide Dog Trainers, 04/13/20

Apr 13, 2020

Are you thinking about getting a guide dog? In this program, I will share information about guide dogs from a different point of view. Not from the guide dog's point of view, but you will hear 10 Secrets of Seeing Eye Dog Trainers.

There are dozens of vision conditions to learn about. In this program you'll experience a glossary of vision conditions, starting with the A's and heading onward toward the Z's. Descriptions will mostly be very brief, but a select few will be in greater depth. (Rpt. 1/13/20)


Are you brave enough to be a trailblazer, a pioneer? In this week’s program you’ll hear about several accomplished trailblazers who are doing groundbreaking work, leading the way for people who have disabilities. (Rpt. 01/06/20)

Enabled #2013: Accessible Washers and Dryers, 03/23/20

Mar 23, 2020

Is it time for a new washing machine? Maybe a dryer, too? This program will help you sort out your laundry questions. Namely, which washer and which dryer might suit your needs with accessible controls.  I’ll also have tips to help you through the shopping process.

Enabled #2012: Tech Talk, 03/16/20

Mar 16, 2020

It's all Tech Talk in this program. You'll hear about an affordable microwave oven that can be controlled by Alexa. You'll also hear about a greatly enlarged collection of audio described videos.

Enabled #2010: The 2020 Census, 03/02/20

Mar 2, 2020

Be on the lookout for an important invitation in the mail, coming soon. It’s an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. In this program, I’ll have all the information to help you respond in a timely manner so that you can be counted!

The first half of this week's program will explore Fourth Nerve Palsy and the second half of the program will explore pneumatic retinopexy, the treatment for a retinal detachment as experienced by a familiar celebrity.