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How to Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits with Vision Loss

More than 25 million people in the U.S. suffer from vision loss each year. If you experience vision loss that is so severe that you can’t work, you could qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Disability benefits can help people who cannot work because of an illness or medical condition pay for basic living expenses. The only requirement that you have to meet in order to file a claim for Social Security disability benefits is that you expect your medical condition to keep you from working for at least a year. If you have vision loss that is so severe that you can no longer work you should file a claim for disability benefits. 

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Retail

Blind Mice Mega Mall is designed for use with a screen reader and low vision software for visually impaired shoppers. Each store is an independent business owned/managed by someone who is visually impaired. Browse & shop and you will find great items and unique offerings from merchants. Every purchase benefits the low vision/blind community. www.blindmicemegamall.com 

 

Podcasts

Blind Abilities is the most comprehensive resource for assistive technology, accessible devices, blind and low vision technology, iPhone demonstrations, success stories, job insights, as well as college and career path information.

 

Blind Bargains provides deals, news, and resources. It is a... Continue Reading

AIRA Accessibility Update!

AIRA (a service that connects someone who is blind or visually impaired to a real person instantly to simplify daily life) has just made a portion of their service free for everyone with the AIRA app on their phone! Any user or guest can make a daily call, under five minutes entirely free of charge. This is great news and an incredible step forward for the blindness community. For more details, here is a link to an AIRA news update: https://aira.io/aira-is-free or go to their website: https://aira.io/ to the news room section, first article.

Speak! Free AI App for Android phones

Speak! and Envision AI, Two Text and Object Recognition Apps for Android
Steven Kelley, CRC, CVRT, CATIS
August, 2019 

Here is a link to an article about free tools that Android phone users may want to consider using: https://www.afb.org/aw/20/8/16738 

DISCLAIMER: This article posted on the American Foundation for the Blind website does not represent the views of the staff at The Iris Network – we are just sharing the information with our constituents who may benefit from its content.

Hadley Get Up and Go!

Hadley
Get Up and Go!

Fitness Ideas for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired 

Steven Kelley CVRT, CATIS, CRC, Learning Expert 

Hadley discussion group with some resources on how to get started again with fitness. Listen at: https://hadley.edu/discussions/GetUpAndGo.asp

A Guide to Rehab: How to Get Started with Vision Rehabilitation Services

An interview with Kendra Farrow at the National Research and Training Center (NRTC) at Mississippi State University interviewed by Steve Kelley, CVRT, CATIS, CRC explaining how to get started with vision rehabilitation services. In addition, Hadley Presents, "Guide to Rehab." Listen at: https://p9i3r6r2.ssl.hwcdn.net/k4w2w6y8/cds/HadleyPresents/AudioTrack/2019-06-04.mp3 or stream it (listen) and download the transcript at: https://hadley.edu/HadleyPresents/episode.asp?episode=A_Guide_to_Rehab.

 

FAMILY AND CAREGIVERS GUIDE FOR THE DISABLED

Here is a helpful Family and Caregivers Guide for the Disabled. It contains an overview of the ways a family caregiver can make the caretaking process easier and more convenient for the people who have care and support needs and their caregivers.

For more information contact:

Rilee Chester
Community Relations Manager
rilee@shccouncil.org
(877) 405-7516

Encouragement Video

Live Accessible
Published on Jun 3, 2019

A You Tube video with a message of encouragement has been produced for those losing sight, are blind, legally blind, visually impaired, or low vision. It can be a struggle, but with encouragement, support, technology, and resources, you can live a great, fulfilling, happy life.

To watch video, click on the following link: https://youtu.be/imGC0Tg8Vro

GLOBAL ACCESSIBILITY AWARENESS

To celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day #GAAD (in mid-May), here is the most commonly needed accessibility support contact information: http://www.lowvisiontech.com/global-accessibility-day/ on the Low Vision Tech website.

RESOURCES for SENIORS and CAREGIVERS

Based on conversations with community leaders across the US, many seniors are unaware of the available care options and programs that can help maintain their independence and quality of life. A group of senior advocates from Caring.com, a senior care organization that supports family caregivers and their loved ones, put together a free resource that provides comprehensive information on topics like financial support, organizations, and available care options that are in every city (in Maine) that can help senior citizens stay connected with their community. Call (800) 973-1540 or find out more on their website at the following link: ... Continue Reading

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