Another year is coming rapidly to a close. We at New England Low Vision and Blindness have a lot to be thankful for. This year our business has grown thanks to a great staff, wonderful products and the best customers ever. All of you (ophthalmologists, optometrists, TVIs, rehab specialists, consumers, the list goes on) have added to our success, and we trust that we have added to yours.
Gayle’s Monthly Book Review
In looking for the right book to suggest this month, I decided to take a different look at the holidays and suggest two books that cover an important event that took place on December 6th, 1917 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In Boston we have reason to remember this every year at this time because our giant Christmas tree is a thank you gift from Halifax. The yearly gift of a most spectacular tree is a thank you gift for what we did to help after the explosion that came close to destroying both the harbor and city of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The first book, Curse of the Narrows by Laura MacDonald is nonfiction. It describes the explosion that caused a tsunami, chemical rain and devastation in the city of Hallifax. This book discusses the blizzard that hindered rescue efforts. Curse of the Narrows is totally readable and also gives you a brief history of the area.
The second book is historic fiction, very well researched and introduced me to a new author. Barometer Rising is the first book written by Hugh MacLennan. MacLennan became a very popular and widely read author through the eighties. I have gone on to read most of his books. Barometer Rising has a lot of the same facts about the explosion in Hallifax as MacDonald’s book, while weaving in some very lovely fictional characters.
Gift Ideas for Loved Ones Who Are Losing Vision
At this time of the year I am asked the same question over and over again. People want to know about gifts for their friends and family who are losing vision. To help with these questions, we at New England Low Vision and Blindness have put together a Low Vision and Blindness Holiday Gift Guide.
Visually Impaired Training for Apps, iPads, iPhones, Tablets and Other Devices
Any piece of technology is only as good as the person who is using it. If you have visually impaired family members who use an iPhone, iPad or Tablet or who might be considering getting one of these devices, we can help make sure that they know how to get the most out of their device and all the Apps that are available through our training services.
iPads, iPhones, tablets, and the many new apps for the visually impaired are wonderful products that can provide low cost solutions to a lot of issues faced by someone who is low vision. Our Assistive Technology Specialists at New England Low Vision and Blindness provide training on low vision apps and i-devices to help you and your loved ones master how to use them to increase your independence and user experience.
Talking Book Library, App and Victor Reader Stream
Please make sure that all your visually impaired gift recipients know about the Talking Book Library program and all the ways to access thousands of free Audio Books. To learn more about this service, you can visit:
Along with being able to download books from the Talking Book Library to standard digital talking-book players, there is also an app for that, and we can show you how to use it (it’s one of many apps that we can train you on—see above).
If you would like a smaller player that can access many formats of recorded books you might want to give them the Victor Reader Stream. I write about Victor Reader Steam every month because it is my favorite blindness device and that I use again and again.
iPhone 6 and IOS 8
If you have been following my blog, you may have noticed that I have been holding back on purchasing an iPhone 6. I have at last decided to get the 6 and not the 6 plus, but I have been watching to see how well they are doing at fixing some old and new bugs. It looks like they have made some real progress and I am close to making a purchase.
If you are also waiting and watching to learn more about the fixes and upgrades to Apple’s IOS8, here is a link that might help:
Contact us to learn more about our low vision and blindness products and training services.
I will be writing to you again next year. Please have a glorious and safe holiday season. Don’t forget to call us at New England Low Vision and Blindness to let us help you with all your low vision and blindness product and training needs.
If you would like more information, a training or a demo on any of the low vision and blindness products I have discussed in this newsletter, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 888-211-6933.