Becoming Helen Keller: The Transcript from the Event Exploring the Life and Legacy of Helen Keller

Andy/ October 19, 2021/ AFB, DeafBlind, helen keller

The following is the basic transcript and introductory remarks from event exploring the life and legacy of Helen Keller and the movie “Becoming Helen Keller” Michael Kantor: Hello, I’m Michael Kantor. I’m a white, cis male, age 60, who used to have a lot more hair, and I’m wearing a pink shirt and a blue sports coat. I’m standing on the traditional

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Meet Tara Brown-Ogilvie From the Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youth and Adults (HKNC)

Andy/ October 6, 2021/ DeafBlind, Uncategorized

I’m Mohamed, Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind’s student intern. I had the opportunity to talk with Tara Brown-Ogilvie, the New England Regional Representative for the Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youth and Adults (HKNC). Helen Keller Services (HKS) is a large and expansive group of devoted individuals serving the blind and visually impaired. HKS has been operating for

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Specialty Pharmacies Cater to the Blind and Those with Impaired Vision

Andy/ September 28, 2021/ Uncategorized

Specialty Pharmacies Cater to the Blind and Those with Impaired Vision (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/21/health/blind-pharmacies-access.html) By Joshua Brockman • Sept. 21, 2021 During the pandemic, Curtis Chong has avoided the 2-½ hour journey to his grocery store pharmacy — including a round-trip bus ride — to pick up his prescription. Even though Mr. Chong, a retiree in Aurora, Colo., said he is readily

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Meet Albert Rizzi from My Blind Spot

Andy/ September 7, 2021/ accessibility

Before losing his eyesight unexpectedly to a misdiagnosis of fungal meningitis in 2006, Albert Rizzi was the Executive Director/Principal of a pre-K afterschool program in the South Bronx, serving 250 children and their families.  After losing his vision, Rizzi became the inspirational founder and president of My Blind Spot (MBS), an organization that focuses on online accessibility for people of

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Meet Kim Ladd from the Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired (VRCBVI)

Andy/ August 24, 2021/ blindness, diabetes

Hello and welcome to another wonderful interview! This time I am joined by Kim Ladd, the Diabetes Educator/Health Education Specialist for the Virginia Department for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI). She works directly with the Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired (VRCBVI). Her role extends further than diabetes health education, including working with blind individuals of

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Meet Lee Nasehi from the VisionServe Alliance

Andy/ August 12, 2021/ visionserve alliance

Welcome to another interview! This time I was joined by Lee Nasehi, the President and CEO of the VisionServe Alliance. The VisionServe Alliance connects over 125 organizations whose main priority is to serve the blind community. In this interview Lee tells me more about VisionServe and how she became the head of such a wonderful organization. Mohamed: Hi, can you

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Meet Ricky Enger from The Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Andy/ July 21, 2021/ blindness, hadley

Welcome back to another interview! This week Ricky Enger joined me, Mohamed Deumah, in a fantastic conversation about some of her amazing work at the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Ricky leads the Assistive Technology Team at Hadley, who trains blind and low vision individuals how to adapt to technology and achieve their goals despite their vision

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Meet Dr. Delaram Shirazian From The SUNY Low-Vision Rehabilitation Center

Andy/ July 16, 2021/ blindness, low vision

I’m Mohamed, Accessible Pharmacy’s student intern. Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Delaram Shirazian, an Assistant Clinical Professor with the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry. Dr. Shirazian does a lot of work at SUNY where she educates students and gives quality care to patients in the primary care and low vision clinics.

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Meet Khadija Bari From VISIONS Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Andy/ July 7, 2021/ blindness, VISIONS Center on Blindness

I’m Mohamed, Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind’s student intern. Last week I interviewed Khadija Bari, a Student Career Coordinator on the Workforce Team of VISIONS Khadija Bari From VISIONS Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The Workforce Team helps blind and low vision individuals with career readiness and entering the professional workforce. They work with people from all

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North Carolina Macular Dystrophy: Living with Low Vision

Andy/ July 1, 2021/ Uncategorized

North Carolina Macular Dystrophy: Living with Low Vision.  I’m Mohamed, and I’m a student intern who just started working with Accessible Pharmacy Services this summer. I am legally blind. I was diagnosed with a genetic condition known as North Carolina Macular Dystrophy as a child. I’ve had it all throughout my life and as you can probably tell by its

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