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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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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.

Halloween is coming soon! This program will bring you a warning about the consequences of wearing decorative or costume contact lenses purchased without a prescription.

This week’s program will feature fact based journalism from the United Kingdom with articles written by academics. Topics will include hearing, an artist and how he perceives color, presumptions about people who are blind and sight rehabilitation. The authors are from respected universities in the UK. 

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.