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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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Long ago, if you were not able to see well, eyeglasses were the only things available to help you, for seven centuries. Then contact lenses became possible in the 1950’s, and now eye surgery can be used for vision correction. This program will help sort out the different types of corrective eye surgery.  

Your retina is an extremely important part of the vision process. I’m sure you know this if you’ve had any troubles with your retina. In this program I’ll have good information about some of those troubles…retinal detachment, retinal tears and retinal holes.

In this program you will hear about Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, America’s first woman doctor. Her experience with conjunctivitis in 1849 changed her life. You will also be reminded of the very successful modern day treatment for this infection

This month has been designated Sports Eye Safety Month. In this program, you’ll hear about historical moments in sports eye protection and also about some of the worst eye injuries in modern sports

In this program you’ll be hearing about lots of tips and changes you can make in your life if you are living with low vision.

In this program you will hear two articles, one very informative and easy to understand about our amazing eyes and the other quite entertaining about the funny side of vision loss.      

In this program you will hear research information from the journal called Science Daily. They report on scientists all over the world who are studying blindness and vision loss. Topics will include exercise, implants, proteins, little gold specks and even spooky images.   

If you use Apple products, you probably know about Siri, the virtual assistant that lives within your iPhone, your iPad, your MAC computer or even in your Apple Watch. You ask her a question and she’ll give you an answer, maybe! This program features an article about how Siri can help you with your iPhone if you are blind or visually impaired.  

Opportunity Knocks! Opportunity Magazine, that is, published by National Industries for the Blind.  In this program, you will

hear an article about how products made by people who are blind are helping military families. There will be another article about a very special Desert Oasis in Las Vegas.

:  In this program you will hear about Charles Barnhart, husband of author Margaret Barnhart. Her book is called Inspirational Stories of the Visually Challenged. There will also be details about vision rehabilitation and paratransit, both of which helped him be more independent.

The eyes are in the news, maybe not in the headlines but definitely in the details. In this program,  you’ll hear about opioids, laser pointers, Covid vaccines, hand sanitizer, glasses and face masks, all news stories with a connection to the eyes.  

As they say, good things can come in small packages. Today I have some tiny tidbits, little clippings of information that I will share with you. Topics include celebrities, tech-tired eyes, lazy eye and winter safety tips.

If you can’t see as well as you used to, you might find that you’re a little hesitant to do a lot of cooking for fear of hurting yourself in the kitchen. In this program, I’ll have tips for you on how to keep safe while you are slicing, dicing, simmering and serving in your kitchen

A lot goes on in designing a website that is accessible for people who have a visual disability. This program will help you understand how web designers try to do the right thing and make their websites accessible to all.

It’s almost time to get back outside and enjoy nature to the fullest.  In this program, you’ll find out about outdoor accessibility on trails in New Hampshire, on a beach in Florida and in our National Parks.

How do frogs and toads see? Are frog eyes like human eyes? Does a frog see the same things you see? In this program you will learn lots more about frog vision along with a few fun things, too.

Remember when you could just drop in at a museum, have a look around and not worry about the details?  Maybe not right now, but soon you will be able to travel once again. In this program, I’ll be telling you about a possible destination: The Museum of the Eye in San Francisco. I hope your travel plans will take you there soon,

Ads on TV have lots of visual content that is lost on people who are blind or visually impaired. Sam Latif of Procter and Gamble is working with marketing professionals like herself  to include audio description for their ads, making them more accessible.  

When you pass a certain age, sometimes you have thoughts about turning back the clock. In this program, you will hear about scientists who are reversing the aging clock in retinal cells. They are trying to restore lost vision.

The word “beacon” brings to mind the phrase “a beacon of light” or maybe “a beacon of hope.” In this program, you will meet four truly strong and inspiring people as they are described in the publication called  Beacon Stories  from the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

Enabled#2052: Going to the Dogs, 12/21/20

Dec 21, 2020

Owners of guide dogs share a special bond with their animal, thinking of them as a member of the family and using their animal for comfort and support. In this program, we’re going to the dogs!
You’ll hear stories about guide dogs that were trained by The Seeing Eye organization in Morristown, NJ.

What are story boxes?  A Story Box can help a visually impaired child understand a book. They might even be used by a sighted child interacting with a visually impaired adult. This program will explore the possibilities of Story Boxes.

Radar, sonar, lidar….which one of these might replace the white cane? This week’s program will explore a new product called The Strap, and I will explain those three different but similar technologies

Optical character recognition can be a big help to people who are blind.  You probably know that OCR systems convert the written word into the spoken word. This program will explain how OCR actually works and how it all began.

Even though Veterans’ Day has passed, it’s never too late to pay tribute to those Veterans who lost their sight in service to their country. The stories of the three veterans in this program will surely inspire.

You will probably be celebrating Thanksgiving a little differently this year, but I hope you can still find many reasons to be thankful. This week I will present several short articles about Thanksgiving. These thoughts were written especially for people who are blind or visually impaired.

National Industries for the Blind has been helping people who are blind find meaningful work for many years. In this half hour, you will find out about the NIB’s outstanding programs and the people who make them possible.

When someone mentions measles or shingles, you probably think of a skin rash.  These two diseases, as well as other diseases that aren’t so common, sometimes have an effect on a person’s eyes or vision in addition to the skin rash. In this week’s program, you will learn more about eye involvement caused by these diseases.  

In this program you will hear about a brain implant that produces artificial vision for people who have gone blind.  A camera bypasses the eyes and sends a signal directly to an electronic device located in the brain. It is very exciting technology that is still in the very early stages of development.

This program will bring you information about the history of some of the optical devices used by people today. You’ll hear about the invention of contact lenses, the history of sunglasses and the origin of telescopes.