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Currency Reader

Have you ordered yours? It is FREE. The currency reader is a credit card sized device that you can attach to your key chain that will read the domination of paper money. It is provided, free of charge, by the US Government to all blind and visually impaired persons.  Go to to register. You can also register by phone at 1 … Continue reading

Even the Cold Can’t Stop Us

VIBES members and their families braved the cold for an afternoon of tandem biking on January 18. In addition, members also have been enjoying indoor rock climbing at Riversports on Sutherland on Saturday mornings. The last session of the season will be Saturday, March 7 at 9:00 am. All VIBES members and their families are invited to participate. Even though this is indoors, … Continue reading

Young Professionals Gather

The newly formed young professional and college age group gathered February 3 at the Buckley’s. The nine young adults, include  students from UT and Maryville College as well as recent graduates.  In addition to socializing, they discussed accessible signage at UT, possible blog topics, and ways they can mentor the younger members. A favorite topic is sharing apps that various members have … Continue reading

Meet Elizabeth

We have a new member, Elizabeth, who is a student at UT and experienced her FIRST EVER bike ride at January’s tandem biking. It was exciting for everyone watching when Elizabeth threw up her arms and shouted “I am riding a bike”. Elizabeth also attended the last Young Professionals gathering. We asked Elizabeth some questions to help us get to … Continue reading

Talking, Braille, and Large Print Prescription Labels Now Available

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I had never really worried about not being able to read the labels on my prescription medications, that is, not until the pharmacy delivered oxycodone by mistake a couple of years ago. Before that, all of my pills just happened to be shaped differently. Some were ovals, some were elongated, some were suitable for a large horse, etc. When I … Continue reading

The Secrets to Happiness After Vision Loss

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This may seem like an especially pretentious title. After all, philosophers and theologians, to say nothing of average people, have been wrestling for centuries with the question of what makes people happy. While I doubt this post will answer the question to their satisfaction, I think I’m on pretty safe ground in claiming to have a good handle on what … Continue reading

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