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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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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.



In this week's program, you will hear additional information about rare genetic retinal diseases.  The emphasis will be on retinitis pigmentosa and will explore several of its various, sight-robbing forms.

There are many retinal diseases that you are probably familiar with like macular degeneration and retinal detachments. So you won’t hear a lot about those two in this program. Instead, I will bring you information about two much less common retinal diseases:  diabetic retinopathy and choroideremia.

Enabled #2006: Sports Heroes, 02/03/20

Feb 3, 2020

This program will bring you profiles of sports heroes who are blind. The profiles will include a rucker, a cross fit enthusiast, an ice hockey player and a golfer. There will be a great dog story, too.

Education tends to take on different forms for different people, and that’s what should happen. In this program you’ll hear about a teenager who can’t drive, high school students who wanted to bowl, a computer program to help college students compose music, resource libraries for all and even a scholarship deadline. 

Enabled #2004: Lions Clubs International, 01/20/20

Jan 20, 2020

Your local Lions Club – you probably know about them because they collect old eye glasses. They do so much more! You’ll hear all about the Lions Clubs International in this program. 

Enabled #2003: A Glossary of Vision Conditions, 01/13/20

Jan 13, 2020

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.

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. 

It's a new year. Welcome, 2020! In this program you’ll hear suggestions for new year’s resolutions, including things you should do and things you shouldn’t do. You’ll also met a new person, Robert Carter, PhD.

We are going back to the basics to finish out this year of programs. And for this, the final program of the year, the topics will include refractive errors, LASIK surgery, retinitis pigmentosa and retinopathy of prematurity.

Enabled #1950: Back to Basics Part 2 - Cataracts, 12/09/19

Dec 9, 2019

Do you remember that old song "I can See Clearly Now"? Well that song title nicely describes the content of this week's program.  We are going back to the basics and the topic is cataracts and cataract surgery. 

Every now and then, it's good to step back and take a look at the basics. This program will do just that and will bring you basic information about wet macular degeneration or "Wet AMD."

Enabled #1948: Winter's Coming, 11/25/19

Nov 25, 2019

With winter on the way, now is the time to prepare. In this program I will help you get ready for possible winter emergencies. All tips are especially formulated for people with vision problems. 

Enabled #1947: Tips for Eating and Running, 11/18/19

Nov 18, 2019

In this program you’ll hear about a small town where there are many restaurants with Braille menus. You’ll also hear about a very special high school cross country runner who is visually impaired.  I’ll give you tips on how you can get out and run with the help of a guide runner.

Unemployment is an issue for many people who have vision problems. This program will provide information about the National Industries for the Blind, an organization that employs over 6000 people who are blind or visually impaired.

Enabled #1945: Vision Care for Veterans, 11/04/19

Nov 4, 2019

America honors its Veterans on November 11 each year and the holiday is coming up soon. In this program you'll hear about vision care that is offered to Veterans who qualify through the VA, the Department of Veterans Affairs.

In this program, I will share articles from Science Daily, a source that has the latest research news. You’ll hear articles about a common bladder medication, augmented reality glasses, Alzheimer's disease and Shingles. Each one of these topics has a connection to the eye and/or vision. 

Enabled #1943: Lisa Hoffman, a Hero, 10/21/19

Oct 21, 2019

In this program, you will hear about Lisa Hoffman, who passed away recently. She made life so much better for blind and visually impaired people in Western NY. She was a hero to many!

This week, it’s Macular in the Vernacular. Keeping the language in this program very understandable, I will share lots of information about macular degeneration, what it is, how it’s diagnosed and the benefits of vision rehabilitation. 

Enabled #1941: Looking Back, 10/07/19

Oct 7, 2019

: In this program we’ll take a look back to summer to find out what some lucky student interns did on their summer vacation. They were part of what is called the First Jobs program at the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind. You’ll also find out about Blind Lemon Jefferson.

Enabled #1940: Bits and Pieces, 09/30/19

Oct 1, 2019

No internet research for this program! Instead, I have bits and pieces of actual paper to read from. I will share the wisdom with you. Topics will include a new mobility device, your eye care professional, an uncommon eye disease, eye protection for sports, a race and lots more.

Enabled #1939: Glaucoma Research News, 09/23/19

Sep 23, 2019

Glaucoma robs you of your sight and is difficult to control. In this program you’ll hear about new medications that are available. You’ll also hear about some innovative approaches that are being studied, all in an effort to treat glaucoma more effectively.  

Enabled #1938: Whodunit? Characters who are Blind, 09/16/19

Sep 16, 2019

In this program you will hear from two famous authors of crime fiction. They will tell what it was like for them to create characters who are blind, characters who actually help figure out “whodunit?” 

With both computer screen time and Legos, let’s do some thinking about accessibility, especially for kids who are blind or visually impaired. In this program, you will first hear an article about website accessibility for everyone who uses the computer, not just kids. Next, you'll hear the big news about Legos, a favorite with kids of all ages.

People who have synesthesia might be able to taste sounds; or they might be able to smell colors; or they might even be able to see smells. If you are a little puzzled, this program will help you to learn more about synesthesia.

You wouldn’t think a historic mansion and training programs for the blind would be a good match. But in this program you'll hear about the Pillsbury Mansion in Minneapolis and an agency called BLIND, INC. Great things are happening out there in Minnesota.

Enabled #1936: Health Literacy from A to Z, 09/02/19

Sep 2, 2019

In this week’s  program you will discover some practical ways to communicate your health message, and to better understand what health care providers are trying to communicate to you. Excerpts from Helen Osborne’s book titled Health Literacy from A to Z will be shared.