VisionAware Introduces Getting Started Kit for Those Newly-Diagnosed with Vision Loss

Oct 29, 2013, 11:15 ET from American Foundation for the Blind

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NEW YORK, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over 21.2 million Americans report trouble seeing, and that number is on the rise. For adults experiencing vision loss for the first time, the diagnosis can feel overwhelming and stressful. With this in mind, VisionAware created its new Getting Started kit.

VisionAware is a free online resource for the millions of people who have difficulty seeing, offering dynamic social networking and customized guidance with rich content and practical tips on living with vision loss. The Getting Started kit is intended to provide hope and help to handle the challenges of vision loss, and to connect users with the resources they need. Many people are unaware of specialized services and products available to them. Comprised of 10 "tip sheets," each sheet addresses practical solutions to everyday tasks such as reading, cooking, using computers and other technology, helping friends and family understand what they can do, and more.

"These tip sheets represent just a small sample of the wealth of information visitors can find on VisionAware, including the latest news on vision loss and specific eye conditions, a community of peers and professionals, in-depth articles, and coping tips," said Priscilla Rogers, VisionAware Program Manager. "We hope anyone experiencing vision loss, as well as their loved ones, will use the tip sheets and then explore"

The Getting Started kit's tip sheets contain the following helpful information:

  • Steps to Take to Get Help, including who to see about vision loss and your roadmap to VisionAware
  • Questions to Ask Your Doctor about your eye condition
  • Bathroom Safety Tips
  • Kitchen Safety Tips
  • Tips for Making Print More Readable
  • Your Home Office (how to manage correspondence, finances and other personal business)
  • Technology Tips, including an overview of assistive technology that can be helpful in everyday life
  • Keeping Fit
  • Having Fun, including options for continuing to enjoy leisure time activities or starting new ones
  • Do's and Don'ts When Meeting a Person with Vision Loss (for friends and family members)

A diagnosis of vision loss can be frightening, but armed with the right information, individuals losing their sight can learn how to best cope with vision loss. Visit

About AFB
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. Headquartered in New York, AFB is proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than 40 years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB.

About Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation
Since 1955, Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation (PFS) has been a vital source of support on local, regional and national levels for the blind and visually impaired. With an emphasis on connecting people in need with resources and services, the Foundation has provided new technology, new opportunity and new hope for hundreds of thousands of people across the United States.

SOURCE American Foundation for the Blind