APH ConnectCenter and Be My Eyes Partner to Provide a Broader Array of Assistance

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you may have contacted APH ConnectCenter’s Information and Referral (I&R) Line seeking answers and advice about living with blindness or low vision. There’s also a decent chance you’re one of the nearly 500,000 blind or low vision people and counting using the Be My Eyes app. The … Continued

An Inside Look at Accessibility from Microsoft Product Manager Jeff Bishop

Editor’s note: The third Thursday of May is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), when people worldwide can learn and talk about access and inclusion for all people with disabilities. Here, Jeff Bishop shares about his career in accessibility. Jeff Bishop not only relies on accessibility tools. He is part of the team that creates them … Continued

Introducing “Employment Connections.” First Topic: Disclosing a Disability

APH ConnectCenter is launching a new quarterly webinar, Employment Connections, focusing on topics related to employment. For our first edition, we discussed when job seekers should disclose their disability with Russell Shaffer, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Programs at Disability:IN. Russell Shaffer has a lot of experience with the topic of disclosing a disability … Continued

Hear from a Leading Voice in Braille Literacy and Library Access

When you consider the distinguished career Kim Charlson, M.S. has established in the field of library science, it’s hard to believe she ever wanted to do anything else. But the fact is that she began her college studies planning to become a disability rights attorney. In her last year in college, however, she began to … Continued

Thriving With Changing Vision by Adapting Year After Year

Zelda Gebhard doesn’t identify as a person with low vision, because she’s so much more than that. “I’m a whole person,” she says. “Along with my career, I’m a wife, I’m a mother and a grandmother. I have a full life with interests and hobbies. I’m not that much different than a person who doesn’t … Continued

Second Acts: From Programmer to Braille Transcriptionist

Steve Dresser had a solid career working for 30 years as a computer programmer for the state of Connecticut. But after he retired from the position in 2002, he started his own business: Jennco Productions, which is dedicated to producing high-quality braille materials from electronic documents. Blind since birth due to retinopathy of prematurity, Steve … Continued

Joe Strechay Helps Actors and Production Teams Accurately Portray Blindness

Joe Strechay has the kind of career many people dream about: working in the entertainment business. His job? Making sure that blindness is represented accurately, especially by actors who are sighted. Born with retinitis pigmentosa, Joe later developed cataracts and has been legally blind since he was 19. He’s always been interested in media and … Continued

Financial Literacy: Another Key to Independence  

Lisa Lloyd has plenty of personal experience with blindness and low vision. She has retinitis pigmentosa that causes her night blindness, and within her family there are 16 people across five generations with some level of blindness or low vision, including one of her daughters and her father, who are both blind. She’s a volunteer … Continued