Teamwork and Getting the Help You Need

By Katherine Schneider, Retired Clinical Psychologist and Author In school, you may have had an IEP or a 504 Plan and/or a disability services office to help you meet your accessibility needs. Now, you’ll get to build your own team. Building a team takes work– training allies in how to and not to help, trading…

Cane or Dog: What’s Right For You?

By Katherine Schneider, Ph.D. People often ask which is better, a cane or a dog as a mobility aid for a blind person. Having used a cane for 12 years and a guide dog for 40, I can compare and contrast for people. The bottom line is: it all depends on the person. When I…

Six Rules for Living with a New Disability

By Katherine Schneider (Excerpted and expanded from “Occupying Aging: Delights, Disabilities and Daily Life” (Available from Bookshare, Amazon, and in Kindle format from Amazon) A consultation with an elder who is going blind prompted me to expand my rules for assistive technology into six rules for living with a new disability. As with all rules, there…

Not Just a Walk, but an Adventure

By Theresa Sweeney-Smith In 1972, I was a 16-year-old girl with an eye problem. After visiting several optometrists and focusing on “the green bead” in the middle of the string for a whole summer, my Mom and Dad determined that I should see an ophthalmologist.  They made an appointment for me with my favorite aunt’s…