From BBC Ouch: Training to use a guide dog isn’t always a walk in the park.

This is a great podcast discussing the pros and cons to owning a guide dog. It is a HUGE decision that should be made after much research and making sure a guide dog is a good fit for both you, your family/loved ones and the animal.

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Pfizer: U.S. Expect Covid-19 Vaccine in June or July 2021

This December 8, 2020 Washinton Post article states Trump administration officials deny there will be availability issues, but others say problems are possible in the second quarter. “Pfizer, partnering with BioNTech, and Moderna have created promising vaccines that scientists hope will lead to more medical breakthroughs using mRNA. (Joshua Carroll, Brian Monroe/The Washington Post)”

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Accessibility: Can We Outlaw Grey Text on White Background?

Accessibility seems to be the “cause de jour” in the tech world these days with tech giants like Facebook, Google and Microsoft pledging their commitment to Accessibility (making the internet more user-friendly for people with disabilities). As a visually impaired user and founder of a website created for the sole purpose of supporting those with visual impairments (LowVisionSupportGroup.com), I am hopeful and grateful that this issue has received so much attention. I do not want to rain on Facebook, Google nor Microsoft accessibility parade, but I urge anyone who wants to make the web more accessible to those with visual impairments take a step back and do some very simple fixes to their sites first. The first thing that could be done is to do away with grey or silver text on a white background. For people like me with visual impairments that impact our ability to see color, grey or silver text on a white background can make a site virtually useless. This seems like a very simple fix so I do not understand why grey or silver text on white seems to be the default color scheme of so many sites.

“Accessibility Teams” issuing glossy press releases touting their commitment to making the web more accessible. However, I feel like we are putting the cart before the horse, so to speak.

Features like voice over and designing sites to be more screen-reader friendly are all admirable and badly needed features for people like me who are losing their vision.

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I Woke Up with Lupus and Went to Bed Visually Impaired.

The neurologist is testing me for Myasthenia Gravis but is 95% sure I don’t have it. He also ordered a cervical spine CT to see if my issues are caused by compressed spine. The really scary part is that I  failed the part of the neuro exam that looks at visual field. He had me cover my left eye and my right side was unable to see anything beyond a tunnel. It’s like looking at the world through a tunnel (hence why they call it tunnel vision). It explains the car accidents, the falling and bumping into people and things.

I was sent immediately for an ophthalmology exam. Ophthalmology is at another campus so we had to get a cab to get there. I saw a Fellow; Dr. A. and she said my intraocular pressure was good; indicating I don’t have glaucoma. That’s the good news; the bad news is, she has no idea what it is. She scheduled me for a visual field test tomorrow and to consult with her attending, Dr. S.

Today was emotional to say the least; my epiphany in the neuro exam was more like an emotional breakdown. All I keep thinking is “I’m screwed”. My mom keeps telling me not to worry until I have to but I can’t help how I feel. I’m petrified.

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