While the blog posts aim to educate readers on various aspects of life with a disability, Veterans topics, and personal stories, the brevity of each entry often leaves holes. On this page you will find links to longer articles and guides that cover many of these same topics, but delves deeper into specific subjects. I will use these articles as reference materials in future blog posts. The hope will be to combine the teaching points from the below articles with real life experiences.
- Have you ever wondered why different generations adopt technology at faster rates than others? How about what evidence supports the pros and cons about things like social media or Telehealth services? This article attempts to look at theoretical frameworks for adopting technology while aging in place, some impacts on health, and other concepts crucial to understanding the roles technology might play in the lives of those with disabilities or aging adults.
- The five Stages of Loss proposed by kubler Ross dramatically changed the way we view grief and loss. Though originally validated during the death and dying process, this model provided great insights to other forms of loss, like transitioning through life, divorce, and sustaining a disability. This article summarizes the five stages, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance, and how this appears in adults who sustained a disability or chronic condition.
- Did you know that one of the most powerful tools to assist with blindness is an iPhone or iPad? Yes these devices, coupled with free to premium app, can dramatically increase the independence for a blind or visually impaired person. This page contains a host of guides written by members of the Technology Association for Veterans with Visual Impairments and presented to the members of the Blinded Veterans Associations 69th National Convention during an peer support styled educational session. These guides will help explore the basics on how to use popular apps or functions, like GPS or Siri, while using Voice Over, iOS’ screen reader accessibility feature on every iOS device under, Settings > General > Accessibility.
- As part of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s, individuals with disabilities finally received protections related to employment, education, and equal access. For example, Sections 503, 504, and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act ensures equal rights, access, and protections for those with disabilities when interacting with Federal, State, Municipal, and subsidiary entities and contractors. Similar, the Americans with Disabilities Act creates requirements for public and private businesses, telecommunications, and others must oblige to. This page will break down various pieces of these Acts. Understand that these are the author’s interpretation after reading the these policies and reviewing other interpretations, and should only be considered as such and not legal advice.