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Today is the second annual Dining for NMO Day. Last year, the inaugural Dining for NMO Day raise over $18,000 for the Guthy Jackson Foundation, which puts 100% of the donated funds towards research for treatment and an eventual cure for Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO), the same chronic disease that caused my vision loss. The GJCF has been a support community for me, and I’ve spoken at one of the NMO Patient Days before, which is why I try to support the foundation as much as I can. Dining for NMO

October is both National Disability Employment and World Blindness Awareness Month. This year’s NDEA theme is #InclusionWorks, which refers to how an inclusive workplace can be more productive than a less diverse one. In honor of this awareness month, I helped co-develop an online course entitled Introduction to Inclusive Talent Acquisition with Perkins School for the Blind for Harvard University’s Extension School, EdX. Intro to Inclusive Talent Acquisition is for hiring managers and anyone interested in diversifying their company by recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and on-boarding employees with disabilities. Today, the

Ben Thanh Market (or <em>Cho Ben Thanh</em> in Vietnamese) is perhaps the most famous market in Ho Chi Minh City. Its central location in District 1 makes it accessible to many of the hotels and other tourist destinations.  During the day, vendors sell souvenir t-shirts, cell phone cases, kitchenware, fabric, fruits, sugar cane juice, durian smoothies, and (my favorite)

On August 23rd, the #HowEyeSeeIt campaign launched, challenging those with vision to attempt a task or activity they enjoy while blindfolded. “” target=”_blank”I shot a video with Chef Tim Love doing the blindfold challenge at his restaurant, “” target=”_blank”Lonesome Dove, in Knoxville. I must say he was actually pretty good at cooking blind. The #HowEyeSeeIt is a campaign raising money to fight retinal diseases causing blindness on behalf of Foundation Fighting Blindness. The campaign runs until October 13th. Visit the #HowEyeSeeIt page to see how you can get involved, or

In my last post about how Apple TV makes television entertainment accessible for the Blind, I mentioned how I’ve been on a Netflix binge. Netflix has come such a long way since its baby years back when it was a DVD rental-by-mail concept. Now it’s a powerhouse putting out acclaimed original programming. I personally love “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmitt”, “Grace and Frankie”, “BoJack Horseman”, and “Master of None”. Now that you’ve judged my taste in television, I’ll tell you why I shower praises upon Netflix. In 2015, Netflix responded to a

Summer’s nearly over, so all that television binging is about to come to an end. But fall also marks the time for season premieres, so if you’re a true American, you’re right back on the couch, just like the potato you were a month ago. I’ve been on a Netflix binge lately (more on this later). And the awesome thing that allows me to watch (and I say “watch” in all hilarity) Netflix is my Apple TV. The hubs ordered the latest fourth generation Apple TV when it came out

It’s the dog days of summer for sure, and the one thing I wholly depend on in the midst of this heat is my Nest. We’ve been the proud owners of a Nest device for a few years now. Our version is the first-generation, and Nest is now on their third. The reason I love our Nest is because, as a blind user, it helps me regulate the home climate control system myself. Before we had a Nest, I used to FaceTime the hubs or a friend on my iPhone

To my fellow blind and visually impaired community, I’m excited to announce I’m involved in the production of a documentary with an Emmy award winning producer that focuses on the dating life of the blind and visually impaired. The goal of our project is to raise awareness and shed light on a population who is often marginalized. We are seeking women and men who are interested in participating in the film. If you are single and actively dating, we would like to hear from you. We are also seeking the

Last April, I was invited to teach a cooking workshop at the W Ross MacDonald School in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. A little background on WRMS: founded in 1872, the school teaches blind and blind-deaf students from grades K through 12. There are currently around 200 enrolled students. With a grant received from the Ministry of Education in Ontario, WRMS created a Healthier Eating Program with the purpose of teaching students the importance of health and nutrition. As part of the program, I was asked to lead a one-day workshop and

When the hubs first told me he bought the Amazon Echo during pre-sale, I rolled my eyes and thought it would just be another gimmicky gadget that would eventually collect a layer of dust in the corner of our home. Then Alexa (the name Echo came with) was delivered on our doorstep, and as soon as the hubs plugged her in, she became an irreplaceable part of our family. Okay, I can practically feel the breeze of your eyes rolling, but I have to say, Echo is a life changer.

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