Cane Acceptance or Not, That Is the Question

Editor’s note: White Cane Safety Day, remembered annually on October 15th, is a day for recognizing the achievements of individuals who are blind or low vision and a day for celebrating the white cane, a tool enabling independence! Alexis Read shares her story of accepting the use of her white cane. White Cane Acceptance or … Continued

Advocating for Your Rights as a College Student

“Advocate!” “Speak up!” “Fight for your education!” Those were the words that flooded my mind as my first semester of college approached. In the years leading up to my high school graduation, my family members, teacher of students with visual impairments (TVI), orientation and mobility instructors, and mentors stressed the importance of advocacy to me … Continued

Meet Daryl Walker: Three-Time Goalball Paralympian 

Daryl Walker was born with albinism and accompanying low vision. However, throughout his 40 years of life, he hasn’t let low vision slow him down… even the slightest. Daryl is a three-time goalball Paralympian representing Team USA. Goalball, according to the United States Association of Blind Athletes, is the most popular team sport for athletes … Continued

Five Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Skills to “Pack” for College Life 

It’s here again –summer! Many students are excitedly anticipating and planning for the possibilities that the next couple of months may hold. Freedom from the normal routine and deadlines. A break from learning and review…right? If you’re a recent high school graduate, you may want to consider working in a little (or a lot) of … Continued

Hearts for Sight: A Nonprofit Inspired by One Man’s Quest for Self-Improvement  

Joseph Burton knows what a significant difference it can make in someone’s life when they have the support and encouragement they need. That’s because he spent the first 15 years of his life struggling to find the kind of love and guidance so many young people have. And it’s his own experience that ultimately motivated … Continued

Meet Satauna Howery: Voice Actor and Small Business Owner Who is Blind

Hold on to your hats and be prepared to be wowed! You’re about to become acquainted with the spirited and engaging Satauna Howery, a skilled voice actor and small business owner who happens to be blind. We’ll dive into Satauna’s early life—the experiences that shaped her career trajectory—and hear her advice for other individuals who … Continued

Student Employment: A Pathway to Future Careers 

There’s a saying that a job well done is its own reward. But when it comes to student employment, the rewards can be tangible – and valuable.   Lindsay Kerr and Nina Marranca can vouch for that. The two low-vision college students have been working during their higher education. Even an internship can lead to a … Continued

Kiran Kaja, Accessibility Lead for Instagram, shares what ignited his passion for accessibility

Editor’s note: APH ConnectCenter invites you to learn from Kiran Kaja, Accessibility Lead for Instagram at the time of the interview. Kiran Kaja has a rare form of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP); while most with RP begin losing their vision in their teenage years, Kiran has been blind since birth. Thankfully, Kiran’s parents understood early on … Continued

Perkins’ Compass Program Prepares Students for College Success

This nine-month virtual learning experience focuses on individual needs. By Amy Lynn Smith It should come as no surprise that Perkins School for the Blind – one of the best-known and most highly respected educational institutions in the world for students who are blind/ low vision and those who teach them – encourages students to … Continued