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Surprising Connection Between Blindness and Mental Illness
blindnessThe University of Western Australia conducted a study that led to some interesting findings which must be explored in more detail. Researchers combed through data from nearly 500,000 people in WA health registers between 1980 and 2001. They were unable to find even one person with congenital or early cortical blindness who also developed schizophrenia—or any other psychotic illness.

"It's very difficult to say what the exact mechanism is but we think that the protective effect for schizophrenia is related to some kind of compensatory cortical reorganisation in the brain that’s happening in response to having congenital or early cortical blindness," said lead author, Professor Vera Morgan. “As a result, some functions that are impaired in schizophrenia may actually be enhanced in people with congenital or early cortical blindness."

SDCBs vision rehabilitation program is recognized worldwide for helping individuals living with vision loss return to an independent lifestyle. Please contact us to learn more.

“Link between blindness and schizophrenia”


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Surprising Connection Between Blindness and Mental Illness
blindnessThe University of Western Australia conducted a study that led to some interesting findings which must be explored in more detail. Researchers combed through data from nearly 500,000 people in WA health registers between 1980 and 2001. They were unable to find even one person with congenital or early cortical blindness who also developed schizophrenia—or any other psychotic illness.

"It's very difficult to say what the exact mechanism is but we think that the protective effect for schizophrenia is related to some kind of compensatory cortical reorganisation in the brain that’s happening in response to having congenital or early cortical blindness," said lead author, Professor Vera Morgan. “As a result, some functions that are impaired in schizophrenia may actually be enhanced in people with congenital or early cortical blindness."

SDCBs vision rehabilitation program is recognized worldwide for helping individuals living with vision loss return to an independent lifestyle. Please contact us to learn more.

“Link between blindness and schizophrenia”


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Curing Color Blindness
blindnessWhile male squirrel monkeys are not the best at seeing color, they could help scientists find a cure for human color blindness or color deficiency. The little monkeys are protanopes; they only see medium and short wavelengths of light, blues and greens and yellow; they have no receptor for reddish hues.

Jay Neitz, a color vision researcher at the University of Washington and his wife Maureen, a geneticist, created a serum to help spider monkeys see colors they have never seen before. But, a lot has to go right.

“We’ve been working on ways to improve the efficiency,” Neitz says.

SDCB’s services help the visually impaired live – daily – doing many of the things they did while sighted. Please contact us to learn more.

“Monkeys with superpower eyes could help cure color blindness”


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Curing Color Blindness
blindnessWhile male squirrel monkeys are not the best at seeing color, they could help scientists find a cure for human color blindness or color deficiency. The little monkeys are protanopes; they only see medium and short wavelengths of light, blues and greens and yellow; they have no receptor for reddish hues.

Jay Neitz, a color vision researcher at the University of Washington and his wife Maureen, a geneticist, created a serum to help spider monkeys see colors they have never seen before. But, a lot has to go right.

“We’ve been working on ways to improve the efficiency,” Neitz says.

SDCB’s services help the visually impaired live – daily – doing many of the things they did while sighted. Please contact us to learn more.

“Monkeys with superpower eyes could help cure color blindness”


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Shame and Denial About Blindness
blindness“Books and Coffee” is an annual event that invites speakers to discuss books with students. This year, English professor Maren Linett – director of the critical disability studies program at Purdue – talked about, “Have Dog, Will Travel,” by Stephen Kuusisto.

The memoir is about Kuusisto’s life and him coming to terms to terms with living with blindness—in a less than accommodating society.

Professor Linett says that “For Kuusisto, the most disabling feature of his childhood was not his blindness, but his family’s denial of and shame about his blindness.” She adds that “This kind of disabling environment is what keeps people expending enormous psychological and physical effort to pass for ‘normal.’”

Please contact SDCB if you or someone you know is experiencing blindness.

“Living with a disability in a world that stigmatizes being disabled”


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Shame and Denial About Blindness
blindness“Books and Coffee” is an annual event that invites speakers to discuss books with students. This year, English professor Maren Linett – director of the critical disability studies program at Purdue – talked about, “Have Dog, Will Travel,” by Stephen Kuusisto.

The memoir is about Kuusisto’s life and him coming to terms to terms with living with blindness—in a less than accommodating society.

Professor Linett says that “For Kuusisto, the most disabling feature of his childhood was not his blindness, but his family’s denial of and shame about his blindness.” She adds that “This kind of disabling environment is what keeps people expending enormous psychological and physical effort to pass for ‘normal.’”

Please contact SDCB if you or someone you know is experiencing blindness.

“Living with a disability in a world that stigmatizes being disabled”


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Star Shares Personal Story About Blindness from Wet AMD
blindnessSince 1976, Deidre Hall has played the character of Dr. Marlene Evans on the beloved “soap opera” Days of our Lives. While she isn’t a physician off-camera, Hall does concern herself with medical problems affecting real people. In observance of Low Vision Awareness Month (February), the daytime television star is taking the opportunity to discuss her mother’s experience with blindness resulting from Wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

“I think we should all have concerns for ourselves,” said Hall. “People tend to confuse wearing glasses with what AMD is. Age-related macular degeneration is a disease, and 1.5 million people in the U.S. are impacted by it, and it causes blindness. So, it’s a huge issue for people. As we all go through what would I rather lose, my ability to speak, my eyesight, my ability to hear, you always land on what would I do without my eyesight, and to take it for granted is a serious mistake.”

SDCB offers counseling, training, community outreach programs, and more. Please contact us for more information.

“Days of our Lives Star Deidre Hall Wants to Help Prevent Blindness from Wet AMD”


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Star Shares Personal Story About Blindness from Wet AMD
blindnessSince 1976, Deidre Hall has played the character of Dr. Marlene Evans on the beloved “soap opera” Days of our Lives. While she isn’t a physician off-camera, Hall does concern herself with medical problems affecting real people. In observance of Low Vision Awareness Month (February), the daytime television star is taking the opportunity to discuss her mother’s experience with blindness resulting from Wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

“I think we should all have concerns for ourselves,” said Hall. “People tend to confuse wearing glasses with what AMD is. Age-related macular degeneration is a disease, and 1.5 million people in the U.S. are impacted by it, and it causes blindness. So, it’s a huge issue for people. As we all go through what would I rather lose, my ability to speak, my eyesight, my ability to hear, you always land on what would I do without my eyesight, and to take it for granted is a serious mistake.”

SDCB offers counseling, training, community outreach programs, and more. Please contact us for more information.

“Days of our Lives Star Deidre Hall Wants to Help Prevent Blindness from Wet AMD”


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Blindness Did Not Keep Mikayla Resh from Inspiring Others
blindnessMikayla Resh experienced severe brain damage at birth; her trauma resulted in multiple disabilities including blindness, hearing loss, and spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Sadly, Resh passed away on January 30th at the age of 24. In life, she served as an inspiration to others who are impacted by disability; she and her mother would visit schools and discuss the importance of inclusion for people with disabilities.

Mikayla’s mother founded Mikayla’s Voice, a nonprofit organization with the aim of empowering children with disabilities and educating others about diversity and inclusion.

"I promised her before she died that I would make sure that her voice was louder than ever," Kimberly Resh said.

SDCB’s Assistive Technology Center and Store have the tools to help you become independent. Please contact us to learn more.

“Mikayla Resh, an inspiration for people with disabilities, has died. Family and friends vow to keep her voice alive.”


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Blindness Did Not Keep Mikayla Resh from Inspiring Others
blindnessMikayla Resh experienced severe brain damage at birth; her trauma resulted in multiple disabilities including blindness, hearing loss, and spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Sadly, Resh passed away on January 30th at the age of 24. In life, she served as an inspiration to others who are impacted by disability; she and her mother would visit schools and discuss the importance of inclusion for people with disabilities.

Mikayla’s mother founded Mikayla’s Voice, a nonprofit organization with the aim of empowering children with disabilities and educating others about diversity and inclusion.

"I promised her before she died that I would make sure that her voice was louder than ever," Kimberly Resh said.

SDCB’s Assistive Technology Center and Store have the tools to help you become independent. Please contact us to learn more.

“Mikayla Resh, an inspiration for people with disabilities, has died. Family and friends vow to keep her voice alive.”


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Considering Child Rearing While Living With Vision Loss
vision lossMost people living with vision loss eventually have children; the rates are only slightly lower than sighted individuals. However, many blind people contemplate if child rearing makes sense. Such a person’s concerns often stem from discouragement from other sighted people. While the opinions of the misinformed should never stand in someone’s way, several things are beneficial to consider before starting down the path to mother or fatherhood. Such as your mobility, home management, problem-solving, and advocacy skills. 

Please contact SDCB to find out more about all the ways we can help you reach your own highest level of independence.

“So, You’re Blind, and You Want to Have Kids”


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Considering Child Rearing While Living With Vision Loss
vision lossMost people living with vision loss eventually have children; the rates are only slightly lower than sighted individuals. However, many blind people contemplate if child rearing makes sense. Such a person’s concerns often stem from discouragement from other sighted people. While the opinions of the misinformed should never stand in someone’s way, several things are beneficial to consider before starting down the path to mother or fatherhood. Such as your mobility, home management, problem-solving, and advocacy skills. 

Please contact SDCB to find out more about all the ways we can help you reach your own highest level of independence.

“So, You’re Blind, and You Want to Have Kids”


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Color Blindness Has An Impact On The World
blindnessColor vision deficiency or color blindness affects millions of people. Most people living with the condition have trouble differentiating between specific shades of reds and greens, or blues and yellows, according to the American Optometric Association. While some people are born with the condition, the condition can arise from disorders like glaucoma or injuries.

A retired University of Maine at Fort Kent forestry and environmental studies professor wrote a chapter about color vision deficiency in a new textbook “Handbook of the Changing World Language Map.” Professor David Hobbins has had an interest in this subject matter since the 1980s. But, he said:

“What really prompted me to study color vision deficiency was in 2008 when I handed a color image to my class in the field and they had to do some interpreting.”

“One of my students said, ‘Dave, I can’t read it,’” Hobbins said. “The labels (on the handouts) were red on a green forest. That got me to starting [sic] to read about color vision deficiency.”

Do you want to live as independently as possible? Please contact SDCB to learn more about our services.

“Retired UMFK professor shares color blindness findings in textbook”


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Color Blindness Has An Impact On The World
blindnessColor vision deficiency or color blindness affects millions of people. Most people living with the condition have trouble differentiating between specific shades of reds and greens, or blues and yellows, according to the American Optometric Association. While some people are born with the condition, the condition can arise from disorders like glaucoma or injuries.

A retired University of Maine at Fort Kent forestry and environmental studies professor wrote a chapter about color vision deficiency in a new textbook “Handbook of the Changing World Language Map.” Professor David Hobbins has had an interest in this subject matter since the 1980s. But, he said:

“What really prompted me to study color vision deficiency was in 2008 when I handed a color image to my class in the field and they had to do some interpreting.”

“One of my students said, ‘Dave, I can’t read it,’” Hobbins said. “The labels (on the handouts) were red on a green forest. That got me to starting [sic] to read about color vision deficiency.”

Do you want to live as independently as possible? Please contact SDCB to learn more about our services.

“Retired UMFK professor shares color blindness findings in textbook”


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Wrestling With Retinitis Pigmentosa
retinitis pigmentosaIt is safe to say that participating in any sport, blind, is not without added difficulty. A 16-year-old sophomore in high school acutely understands that reality but does not eschew a challenge. Agie Mai Sowe is ever-ready to try new things, in spite of being considered legally blind. The young athlete is a member of her school’s wrestling team. Sowe is almost entirely blind in her left eye, and her vision is failing in her right eye.

“I have this eye condition called retinitis pigmentosa, which is where you lose sight at the back of your eye,” she said after a recent practice in the Cardinals’ wrestling room. “As you get older, the light slowly starts fading away.”

Please contact SDCB if you or someone you know is struggling with vision loss. We offer many services that can help you find your way.

“Sun Prairie sophomore wrestler Agie Mai Sowe doesn't let blindness slow her down”


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Wrestling With Retinitis Pigmentosa
retinitis pigmentosaIt is safe to say that participating in any sport, blind, is not without added difficulty. A 16-year-old sophomore in high school acutely understands that reality but does not eschew a challenge. Agie Mai Sowe is ever-ready to try new things, in spite of being considered legally blind. The young athlete is a member of her school’s wrestling team. Sowe is almost entirely blind in her left eye, and her vision is failing in her right eye.

“I have this eye condition called retinitis pigmentosa, which is where you lose sight at the back of your eye,” she said after a recent practice in the Cardinals’ wrestling room. “As you get older, the light slowly starts fading away.”

Please contact SDCB if you or someone you know is struggling with vision loss. We offer many services that can help you find your way.

“Sun Prairie sophomore wrestler Agie Mai Sowe doesn't let blindness slow her down”


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Treating Visual Impairment In Children
visual impairmentDiseases of the eye are not reserved for the elderly, children also struggle with blindness and visual impairment. Amblyopia, astigmatism, color blindness, Strabismus, and Pediatric glaucoma are just some of the eye conditions that can impact children’s eyes.

While such disorders can affect life quality, early intervention can help. The American Academy of Ophthalmology points out that early diagnosis and treatment are critical to improving eye health and assisting children to see better. In some cases, treatment can even restore sight.

At SDCB, we help adults, with blindness or vision impairment, to be independent. Please reach out to us to learn more about our services.

“Early diagnosis, treatment key to improving eye health in children”


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Treating Visual Impairment In Children
visual impairmentDiseases of the eye are not reserved for the elderly, children also struggle with blindness and visual impairment. Amblyopia, astigmatism, color blindness, Strabismus, and Pediatric glaucoma are just some of the eye conditions that can impact children’s eyes.

While such disorders can affect life quality, early intervention can help. The American Academy of Ophthalmology points out that early diagnosis and treatment are critical to improving eye health and assisting children to see better. In some cases, treatment can even restore sight.

At SDCB, we help adults, with blindness or vision impairment, to be independent. Please reach out to us to learn more about our services.

“Early diagnosis, treatment key to improving eye health in children”


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Active and Able Despite Blindness
blindnessThose who enjoy watching the Winter Olympics are familiar with the unique and unusual sport known as curling. People who have had an opportunity to try it know that it is more challenging than it appears; and, that is with perfect vision. Now, imagine engaging in the activity living with blindness.

Louise Gillis, 70, is almost entirely blind and yet, she curls every Monday and Wednesday at the Sydney Curling Club. She also paddles with the Sydney Harbour Dragon Boat Club and volunteers with the Special Olympics.

“There is life after vision loss,” said Gillis, “We’re active people. We are able. We’re showing our abilities, not our disabilities.”

San Diego Center for The Blind can be your guide to living independently. Please contact us to learn more.

“Blindness doesn’t stop Sydney senior from living active life”


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Active and Able Despite Blindness
blindnessThose who enjoy watching the Winter Olympics are familiar with the unique and unusual sport known as curling. People who have had an opportunity to try it know that it is more challenging than it appears; and, that is with perfect vision. Now, imagine engaging in the activity living with blindness.

Louise Gillis, 70, is almost entirely blind and yet, she curls every Monday and Wednesday at the Sydney Curling Club. She also paddles with the Sydney Harbour Dragon Boat Club and volunteers with the Special Olympics.

“There is life after vision loss,” said Gillis, “We’re active people. We are able. We’re showing our abilities, not our disabilities.”

San Diego Center for The Blind can be your guide to living independently. Please contact us to learn more.

“Blindness doesn’t stop Sydney senior from living active life”


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Seeing Again After Fourteen Years of Blindness
blindnessAfter 14 years living without sight, Rev. Philip Dunn can see again! He received a cataracts diagnosis in 2003. Some months later, another eye condition silently crept up, macular degeneration; the disease led to blindness. This past summer a cataract ruptured forcing Rev. Dunn into surgery to have it removed. Following the procedure his doctor said that he may see some light when the eye patch comes off; but, the Reverend saw quite a bit more.

"I went in the kitchen, my wife said, 'Honey, you took the patch off.' I said, 'Yeah.' She said, 'What do you see?' I said, 'I can see you!' She was the first face I saw in 14 years,” Dunn said.

SDCB’s Assistive Technology Center and Store offer tools to help you become independent. Please contact us to learn more.

“Charleston reverend regains sight after 14 years in the dark”


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Seeing Again After Fourteen Years of Blindness
blindnessAfter 14 years living without sight, Rev. Philip Dunn can see again! He received a cataracts diagnosis in 2003. Some months later, another eye condition silently crept up, macular degeneration; the disease led to blindness. This past summer a cataract ruptured forcing Rev. Dunn into surgery to have it removed. Following the procedure his doctor said that he may see some light when the eye patch comes off; but, the Reverend saw quite a bit more.

"I went in the kitchen, my wife said, 'Honey, you took the patch off.' I said, 'Yeah.' She said, 'What do you see?' I said, 'I can see you!' She was the first face I saw in 14 years,” Dunn said.

SDCB’s Assistive Technology Center and Store offer tools to help you become independent. Please contact us to learn more.

“Charleston reverend regains sight after 14 years in the dark”


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Prevent Vision Loss With Regular Examinations
vision lossSome of the more common eye conditions that can result in vision loss affecting older people include cataracts, age-related macular degeneration or AMD, and glaucoma. It is common for aging people to require glasses to see objects up close, it is a fact that most of us are aware of as being a part of getting old.

While presbyopia – a condition characterized by having difficulty focusing on objects near to you – is a relatively easy condition to correct, that is not the case for more significant disorders. Dr. Rishi Singh, a staff physician with the Cole Eye Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, says “cataracts are the most common cause of visual blindness across the world.” Adding that “we have lots of effective treatments for all these conditions. No patient should feel like they would go blind from any of these conditions. All of them are treatable, and with the proper evaluation and diagnosis and management they can all save sight in these patients over time.”

Our services help people living with vision loss to be independent. Please reach out to us for more information.

“What Seniors Need to Know About Vision Loss”


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Prevent Vision Loss With Regular Examinations
vision lossSome of the more common eye conditions that can result in vision loss affecting older people include cataracts, age-related macular degeneration or AMD, and glaucoma. It is common for aging people to require glasses to see objects up close, it is a fact that most of us are aware of as being a part of getting old.

While presbyopia – a condition characterized by having difficulty focusing on objects near to you – is a relatively easy condition to correct, that is not the case for more significant disorders. Dr. Rishi Singh, a staff physician with the Cole Eye Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, says “cataracts are the most common cause of visual blindness across the world.” Adding that “we have lots of effective treatments for all these conditions. No patient should feel like they would go blind from any of these conditions. All of them are treatable, and with the proper evaluation and diagnosis and management they can all save sight in these patients over time.”

Our services help people living with vision loss to be independent. Please reach out to us for more information.

“What Seniors Need to Know About Vision Loss”


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Young People Living With Visual Impairment Experience Disney
visual impairmentDisney movies have long been a significant part of children’s lives. However, many young people have never had the joy of watching famous Disney characters dancing across the screen, particularly kids living with visual impairment. But, that is about change!

Tactile Vision Graphics has a contract with the Disney Corporation to create an activity book for children featuring our most cherished Disney animated friends. The interactive materials feature pictures with raised outlines so children with visual impairments can experience the magic of Disney.

"The blind user will actually be able to see, for want of a better word, what Mickey Mouse looks like," said Emmanuel Blaevoet of Tactile Vision Graphics.

SDCB’s programs give the visually impaired the ability to travel, go to school, prepare meals and manage finances — on their own! Please contact us to learn more.

“Disney contracts with Windsor company to produce activity books for the blind”


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Young People Living With Visual Impairment Experience Disney
visual impairmentDisney movies have long been a significant part of children’s lives. However, many young people have never had the joy of watching famous Disney characters dancing across the screen, particularly kids living with visual impairment. But, that is about change!

Tactile Vision Graphics has a contract with the Disney Corporation to create an activity book for children featuring our most cherished Disney animated friends. The interactive materials feature pictures with raised outlines so children with visual impairments can experience the magic of Disney.

"The blind user will actually be able to see, for want of a better word, what Mickey Mouse looks like," said Emmanuel Blaevoet of Tactile Vision Graphics.

SDCB’s programs give the visually impaired the ability to travel, go to school, prepare meals and manage finances — on their own! Please contact us to learn more.

“Disney contracts with Windsor company to produce activity books for the blind”


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What We Think We Know About Blindness
blindnessBlinding eye diseases can affect just about anyone; people living with blindness come from all walks of life. One photographer went on a journey to find out what we can learn from people living with vision loss. Michael Nye's book, "My Heart Is Not Blind: On Blindness and Perception" focuses viewer's’ attention on a diverse group of people living with blindness.

“My Heart Is Not Blind offers compelling accounts of survival, adaptation, and heightened understanding, inviting us to reconsider what we think we know about blindness in order to gain a deeper understanding of perception,” writes Trinity University Press.

SDCB’s vision rehabilitation program is recognized worldwide for its effectiveness in helping individuals return to an independent lifestyle. Please contact us to learn more.

“Blindness and Perception: Book, Exhibit Shine A Light On The Visual Experience”


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What We Think We Know About Blindness
blindnessBlinding eye diseases can affect just about anyone; people living with blindness come from all walks of life. One photographer went on a journey to find out what we can learn from people living with vision loss. Michael Nye's book, "My Heart Is Not Blind: On Blindness and Perception" focuses viewer's’ attention on a diverse group of people living with blindness.

“My Heart Is Not Blind offers compelling accounts of survival, adaptation, and heightened understanding, inviting us to reconsider what we think we know about blindness in order to gain a deeper understanding of perception,” writes Trinity University Press.

SDCB’s vision rehabilitation program is recognized worldwide for its effectiveness in helping individuals return to an independent lifestyle. Please contact us to learn more.

“Blindness and Perception: Book, Exhibit Shine A Light On The Visual Experience”


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Helping Others Go Anywhere With Blindness
blindnessJeffrey Crouch and his twin brother were born with blindness. It meant he could not have the luxury of a traditional education setting due to accessibility issues. Mr. Crouch attended the Great Lakes Cyber Academy, an online program; and, after graduation, he had hoped to earn a bachelor's degree in psychology. Unfortunately, a medical emergency would stand in his way, ultimately prompting Jeffrey to choose a new career path.

He now plans to begin a 9-month program to learn how to help other blind people regain their freedom.

"I'm going to Louisiana Center for the Blind to do an apprenticeship in orientation and mobility, which is teaching blind people how to use a white cane and have independence to travel anywhere they want," said Crouch

If vision loss is making your ability remain independent more difficult, please contact SDCB for help. We invite you to find out more about all the ways we can assist you in reaching your own highest level of independence.

“Flushing man doesn't let blindness stop him, plans to teach people like him”


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Helping Others Go Anywhere With Blindness
blindnessJeffrey Crouch and his twin brother were born with blindness. It meant he could not have the luxury of a traditional education setting due to accessibility issues. Mr. Crouch attended the Great Lakes Cyber Academy, an online program; and, after graduation, he had hoped to earn a bachelor's degree in psychology. Unfortunately, a medical emergency would stand in his way, ultimately prompting Jeffrey to choose a new career path.

He now plans to begin a 9-month program to learn how to help other blind people regain their freedom.

"I'm going to Louisiana Center for the Blind to do an apprenticeship in orientation and mobility, which is teaching blind people how to use a white cane and have independence to travel anywhere they want," said Crouch

If vision loss is making your ability remain independent more difficult, please contact SDCB for help. We invite you to find out more about all the ways we can assist you in reaching your own highest level of independence.

“Flushing man doesn't let blindness stop him, plans to teach people like him”


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Blindness Brings A Different Kind of Vision
blindnessBlindness is sure to make a person’s life more challenging in several ways, but some people are not willing to let vision loss stand in their way. Chris Downey, 45, spoke recently with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes about life as an architect since he lost his vision. After brain tumor surgery left Downey completely blind a social worker spoke with him about career alternatives. However, Mr. Downey was determined to continue on his current trajectory.

Ten years following his operation, Downey has “a different kind of vision!”

We invite anyone living with vision loss in California to reach out to SDCB for support. Our services help the visually impaired live doing many of the same things they did while sighted.

“Architect goes blind, says he's actually gotten better at his job”


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Blindness Brings A Different Kind of Vision
blindnessBlindness is sure to make a person’s life more challenging in several ways, but some people are not willing to let vision loss stand in their way. Chris Downey, 45, spoke recently with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes about life as an architect since he lost his vision. After brain tumor surgery left Downey completely blind a social worker spoke with him about career alternatives. However, Mr. Downey was determined to continue on his current trajectory.

Ten years following his operation, Downey has “a different kind of vision!”

We invite anyone living with vision loss in California to reach out to SDCB for support. Our services help the visually impaired live doing many of the same things they did while sighted.

“Architect goes blind, says he's actually gotten better at his job”


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Utilizing Adaptive Tools for The Blind
blindAnyone who can overcome adversity can be a source of great inspiration to younger generations and old. Individuals leading productive lives in spite of disabilities are no exception. Meet Millad Bokhouri, a 31-year-old who just graduated with a Master of Public Health Degree and Certificate in Healthcare Management. He accomplished such a feat even though he has been blind for the past six years. Bokhouri sat down for an interview recently and discussed how he manages, and some of the more common questions sighted people ask him about living with blindness.

People often tell Millad that it must be scary, to which he counters, “Of course it’s scary. But what they’re missing is they haven’t learned the adaptive tools a blind person utilizes in being fully independent.”

At the San Diego Center for the Blind, we offer counseling, classes & support groups, and vision rehabilitation services. Please contact us to learn more.

“For West Chester man, blindness not a burden”


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Utilizing Adaptive Tools for The Blind
blindAnyone who can overcome adversity can be a source of great inspiration to younger generations and old. Individuals leading productive lives in spite of disabilities are no exception. Meet Millad Bokhouri, a 31-year-old who just graduated with a Master of Public Health Degree and Certificate in Healthcare Management. He accomplished such a feat even though he has been blind for the past six years. Bokhouri sat down for an interview recently and discussed how he manages, and some of the more common questions sighted people ask him about living with blindness.

People often tell Millad that it must be scary, to which he counters, “Of course it’s scary. But what they’re missing is they haven’t learned the adaptive tools a blind person utilizes in being fully independent.”

At the San Diego Center for the Blind, we offer counseling, classes & support groups, and vision rehabilitation services. Please contact us to learn more.

“For West Chester man, blindness not a burden”


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National Glaucoma Awareness Month
glaucomaDid you know that roughly 120,000 Americans have lost their vision because of glaucoma? During National Glaucoma Awareness Month it is vital that you talk to your family about the condition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness across the globe. Since glaucoma is practically asymptomatic, at first, it is critical to have regular, comprehensive eye examinations. The sooner glaucoma is spotted, the sooner treatment can commence. This January, we can all help raise awareness about this severe eye disease.

Please contact the San Diego Center for the Blind to learn more about our vision rehabilitation program. We can help you lead a more independent lifestyle.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month


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National Glaucoma Awareness Month
glaucomaDid you know that roughly 120,000 Americans have lost their vision because of glaucoma? During National Glaucoma Awareness Month it is vital that you talk to your family about the condition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness across the globe. Since glaucoma is practically asymptomatic, at first, it is critical to have regular, comprehensive eye examinations. The sooner glaucoma is spotted, the sooner treatment can commence. This January, we can all help raise awareness about this severe eye disease.

Please contact the San Diego Center for the Blind to learn more about our vision rehabilitation program. We can help you lead a more independent lifestyle.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month


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New Guide System for Vision Loss
vision lossThe “white cane” may one day have an upgrade. As scientists continue to trudge down the path toward autonomous cars, one man is fulfilling his dream of a “self-driving” cane. Kelvin Crosby is an entrepreneur who created the start-up "Smart Guider." The product:  a “self-driving” cane for the blind and visually impaired. It has a motorized wheel that can guide users around obstacles.

“If a car can go 65 miles-per-hour, why can’t I make a blind cane and put all of the technology in a stick? That’s where the vision came from,” said Crosby, who is legally blind due to Usher Syndrome Type II. “At the end of the day, if I want to be successful in life, I need to be independent.”

At SDCB, we offer vision rehabilitation services that rebuild independence. Please contact us to learn more.

Blind Entrepreneur Has Vision for Improved Guide System


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New Guide System for Vision Loss
vision lossThe “white cane” may one day have an upgrade. As scientists continue to trudge down the path toward autonomous cars, one man is fulfilling his dream of a “self-driving” cane. Kelvin Crosby is an entrepreneur who created the start-up "Smart Guider." The product:  a “self-driving” cane for the blind and visually impaired. It has a motorized wheel that can guide users around obstacles.

“If a car can go 65 miles-per-hour, why can’t I make a blind cane and put all of the technology in a stick? That’s where the vision came from,” said Crosby, who is legally blind due to Usher Syndrome Type II. “At the end of the day, if I want to be successful in life, I need to be independent.”

At SDCB, we offer vision rehabilitation services that rebuild independence. Please contact us to learn more.

Blind Entrepreneur Has Vision for Improved Guide System


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Identifying New Causes of Hereditary Blindness
blindnessMirabile dictu, a team of researchers discovered 261 new genes tied to blindness and other eye diseases. The findings could help in identifying new causes of hereditary blindness. The research is part of the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium, the goal of which is to single out a function for every gene in the mouse genome.

“In 2018, if someone has a form of hereditary blindness, we can identify the cause 50 to 75 percent of the time,” said Ala Moshiri, associate professor of ophthalmology and vision science in the School of Medicine and Eye Center at the University of California, Davis. “In the remaining cases, we know the mutation is there, but we don’t know where to look. Now eye centers that do DNA sequencing can call back patients and screen them for these new genes.”

The findings appear in Nature Communications Biology.

If you are need of assistance for blindness or visual impairment, please contact The San Diego Center for The Blind at your earliest convenience. Our comprehensive vision rehabilitation program is the next step to rebuilding your independence.

“Team Links 261 Genes to Blindness and Vision Problems”


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Identifying New Causes of Hereditary Blindness
blindnessMirabile dictu, a team of researchers discovered 261 new genes tied to blindness and other eye diseases. The findings could help in identifying new causes of hereditary blindness. The research is part of the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium, the goal of which is to single out a function for every gene in the mouse genome.

“In 2018, if someone has a form of hereditary blindness, we can identify the cause 50 to 75 percent of the time,” said Ala Moshiri, associate professor of ophthalmology and vision science in the School of Medicine and Eye Center at the University of California, Davis. “In the remaining cases, we know the mutation is there, but we don’t know where to look. Now eye centers that do DNA sequencing can call back patients and screen them for these new genes.”

The findings appear in Nature Communications Biology.

If you are need of assistance for blindness or visual impairment, please contact The San Diego Center for The Blind at your earliest convenience. Our comprehensive vision rehabilitation program is the next step to rebuilding your independence.

“Team Links 261 Genes to Blindness and Vision Problems”


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Telling the Story of the Blind Community
blindFran Underhill is a volunteer carer for Guide Dogs Queensland; along with her husband, she tends to service dogs when their person is away. But, Fran is also an author who recently penned a series of children's books about a blind teddy bear named Edward and his guide dog Tuesday. Sally Balwin, is the general manager of Braille House, a 121-year-old organization providing reading material to people who are blind. She says that there are not enough authors writing from the perspective of persons living with a disability.

"The blind community, or anybody with a disability, their story is important," says Balwin.


Please contact SDCB if you live in Southern California and are struggling with sight loss. We offer vision rehabilitation services that rebuild independence.

“Edward and Tuesday, a sightless teddy and his trusty guide dog, show blindness is no barrier to adventure”


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Telling the Story of the Blind Community
blindFran Underhill is a volunteer carer for Guide Dogs Queensland; along with her husband, she tends to service dogs when their person is away. But, Fran is also an author who recently penned a series of children's books about a blind teddy bear named Edward and his guide dog Tuesday. Sally Balwin, is the general manager of Braille House, a 121-year-old organization providing reading material to people who are blind. She says that there are not enough authors writing from the perspective of persons living with a disability.

"The blind community, or anybody with a disability, their story is important," says Balwin.


Please contact SDCB if you live in Southern California and are struggling with sight loss. We offer vision rehabilitation services that rebuild independence.

“Edward and Tuesday, a sightless teddy and his trusty guide dog, show blindness is no barrier to adventure”


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Braille Institute of America Celebrates its 100th Anniversary
BrailleIt is a big year for the Braille Institute of America, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit founded in 1919. As the organization celebrates its 100th anniversary, it will also open the new Braille Institute facility, a high-tech 14,735-square-foot building that will continue to serve Orange County residents as it has done so since 1934. Moreover, three institute students were given the honor of riding atop the Lions Club International float at this year’s Rose Parade on January 1st.

“We’ve acquired land and different houses and put together regional operations there, but we really want a new, single center that’s state-of-the-art,” said Peter Mindnich, president of the Braille Institute of America. He added, “We’re preparing for our next century of service. When we talk about our students, we don’t see boundaries; rather, we imagine possibilities.”

Men and women living with blinding eye conditions can benefit from the many programs offered at the San Diego Center for The Blind.

“Braille Institute to mark centennial with new Anaheim Center and Rose Parade appearance”




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Braille Institute of America Celebrates its 100th Anniversary
BrailleIt is a big year for the Braille Institute of America, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit founded in 1919. As the organization celebrates its 100th anniversary, it will also open the new Braille Institute facility, a high-tech 14,735-square-foot building that will continue to serve Orange County residents as it has done so since 1934. Moreover, three institute students were given the honor of riding atop the Lions Club International float at this year’s Rose Parade on January 1st.

“We’ve acquired land and different houses and put together regional operations there, but we really want a new, single center that’s state-of-the-art,” said Peter Mindnich, president of the Braille Institute of America. He added, “We’re preparing for our next century of service. When we talk about our students, we don’t see boundaries; rather, we imagine possibilities.”

Men and women living with blinding eye conditions can benefit from the many programs offered at the San Diego Center for The Blind.

“Braille Institute to mark centennial with new Anaheim Center and Rose Parade appearance”




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Program Puts People Living With Blindness Back to Work
blindnessGeorgia’s Business Enterprise Program harnesses the entrepreneurial skills of people living with blindness. Edward “Eddie” Mial, Jr. is one of 75 visually impaired small-business operators who are part of the program. Most of the businesses operate in government facilities. Studies indicate that people with disabilities have a higher level of employer loyalty and rate of retention, says Robin Folsom, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, which runs the program.

People living with blindness are invited to learn more about the programs offered at SDCB. Please contact us to learn how we can help improve your life quality.

“Blindness doesn’t hold back DeKalb shopkeeper”


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Program Puts People Living With Blindness Back to Work
blindnessGeorgia’s Business Enterprise Program harnesses the entrepreneurial skills of people living with blindness. Edward “Eddie” Mial, Jr. is one of 75 visually impaired small-business operators who are part of the program. Most of the businesses operate in government facilities. Studies indicate that people with disabilities have a higher level of employer loyalty and rate of retention, says Robin Folsom, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, which runs the program.

People living with blindness are invited to learn more about the programs offered at SDCB. Please contact us to learn how we can help improve your life quality.

“Blindness doesn’t hold back DeKalb shopkeeper”


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Sleeping With Contacts Carries Risk of Blindness
blindnessEye care is of the utmost importance. People who wear contact lenses, please be advised, sleeping while wearing the lenses carries significant risks including blindness. Those who wear their contacts around the clock face dangerous infections and blinding ulcers in the eyes. A new report in the Annals of Emergency Medicine presents six patients who developed corneal infections after wearing their contact lenses to bed on a regular basis.

"The excess risks of developing corneal infection with overnight wear of contact lenses has been recognized for many years," explained Dr. Oliver Schein, a professor of ophthalmology, and vice-chair for quality and safety with the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

San Diego Center for the Blind can assist people living with blindness. Please contact us to learn more.

“Wear Contacts 24/7? You Risk Infection, Blindness”


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Sleeping With Contacts Carries Risk of Blindness
blindnessEye care is of the utmost importance. People who wear contact lenses, please be advised, sleeping while wearing the lenses carries significant risks including blindness. Those who wear their contacts around the clock face dangerous infections and blinding ulcers in the eyes. A new report in the Annals of Emergency Medicine presents six patients who developed corneal infections after wearing their contact lenses to bed on a regular basis.

"The excess risks of developing corneal infection with overnight wear of contact lenses has been recognized for many years," explained Dr. Oliver Schein, a professor of ophthalmology, and vice-chair for quality and safety with the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

San Diego Center for the Blind can assist people living with blindness. Please contact us to learn more.

“Wear Contacts 24/7? You Risk Infection, Blindness”


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Evicting A Music School for the Blind
blindAfter more than 100 years, The Lighthouse Guild asks the Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School, to find a new home. The music school has served blind and visually impaired musicians in Manhattan since 1913. The school works with 120 children and adult students. Moreover, the institution is an archive of some 25,000 Braille and large-print musical scores, second only to the Library of Congress.

“This decision was difficult because the school has been a part of the fabric of Lighthouse Guild for over 100 years,” wrote Dr. Alan Morse, president of the Lighthouse Guild, an organization with a mission to assist the blind.

If you are blind or live with visual impairment, please reach out to SDCB for assistance.

“Why a School for Blind Musicians Is Being Evicted at Christmastime”


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Evicting A Music School for the Blind
blindAfter more than 100 years, The Lighthouse Guild asks the Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School, to find a new home. The music school has served blind and visually impaired musicians in Manhattan since 1913. The school works with 120 children and adult students. Moreover, the institution is an archive of some 25,000 Braille and large-print musical scores, second only to the Library of Congress.

“This decision was difficult because the school has been a part of the fabric of Lighthouse Guild for over 100 years,” wrote Dr. Alan Morse, president of the Lighthouse Guild, an organization with a mission to assist the blind.

If you are blind or live with visual impairment, please reach out to SDCB for assistance.

“Why a School for Blind Musicians Is Being Evicted at Christmastime”


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