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Geneticist’s Sight-Saving Contributions Recognized

March 31st, 2014 by FFB Canada

Dr. Jane Green’s research has improved life for thousands of people with inherited retinal diseases. Her pioneering research, supported by the Foundation Fighting Blindness, helped give many people a clear diagnosis and understanding of their disease, which is the first step in learning how to cope with it and plan for the future. Early this month,…

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A Link Between Exercise & Vision Health

March 25th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Now that spring finally seems like a possibility, there is another good reason to get out an exercise. A new study from scientists in Atlanta is beginning to explain how exercise can help protect against age-related macular degeneration (AMD) – and perhaps other retinal diseases as well. Like much research, this study was done in mice….

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Computers: Your Window To The World

Computers: Your Window To The World

March 7th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Written and submitted by Gerry Chevalier. If you are blind or have low vision, the frustration of being disconnected from the information world can be greatly reduced by using a Windows PC or Apple MAC computer. These computers are made accessible through the use of screen magnification or text-to-speech screen reading software. The inability to…

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The Terrific Sport of Blind Curling

March 3rd, 2014 by FFB Canada

Written and submitted by Fraser Hiltz. I thought I would have to discontinue a sport I really enjoyed having started playing while at University when my condition of macular degeneration was diagnosed. Luckily, another curler noticed that I needed a ride or a cab to get to the curling club and that I was struggling…

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Youth Space Spotlight: Laura

March 2nd, 2014 by FFB Canada

1. Can you share with us what retinal eye disease you have and when you were diagnosed? I received a phone call in 2007, when I was at the local College here in Victoria, BC. The woman told me that I had Retinitis Pigmentosa and I should plan to come in and follow up with…

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Assistive Technology For People With Low Vision

March 1st, 2014 by FFB Canada

While the Foundation Fighting Blindness works diligently with the scientific community to seek treatments and cures for retinal diseases like retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration, modern technologies allow those of us who are blind or have low vision to maintain our independence and pursue lifelong learning, reading, recreation, and mobility activities. Windows Computers Computers…

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The Long White Cane

March 1st, 2014 by FFB Canada

Written and submitted by Marilyn Turner. A low-tech tool for independence and a symbol of ability The Identification Cane The white cane is the internationally recognized symbol that identifies the user as a person with a visual impairment. In many countries legislation restricts the use of a white cane to people who are blind or have…

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Accessible Pedestrian Signals

March 1st, 2014 by FFB Canada

An Accessible Pedestrian Signal (APS) replaces a traditional visual-only signal and provides audible, visual and tactile information about when it’s safe to cross a street. How do I know if there is an APS at the street I want to cross?  How do I find the button? The APS is programmable to include a locator…

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Thinking About A Guide Dog?

February 28th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Written and submitted by Marilyn Turner. Guide dogs are trained to be the “eyes” of a person who is traveling with partial or no vision.  The dog will guide you safely past obstacles and keep you moving swiftly to your destination. A dog can be a companion for you and a social bridge between you…

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Orientation In Your Pocket

February 25th, 2014 by FFB Canada

Written and submitted by Gerry Chevalier. One of the most challenging things for a blind or low vision person is to feel confident about where they are when out and about. The Trekker Breeze Talking GPS  from HumanWare is a small device about the size of a TV remote control that provides GPS navigation technology…

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