Podcast series aims to help the visually impaired cope, navigate and find hope during COVID-19
April 25, 2020
There is no doubt, we’re living in an unprecedented time. Our shared reality is sending shockwaves through each of our hearts, families, and communities. There is so much happening so quickly, as we try to keep ourselves and the people around us safe. I’m delighted to announce that we launched a video-podcast mini-series made by people who are visually impaired to provide useful information, hope and ideas that empower those of us who are blind and low vision navigate our new normal with coronavirus.
I was interviewed for a feature article on CNN Health. Coping with disease and disability in the time of coronavirus. I had the pleasure of speaking with CNN correspondent, Ryan Prior and talk about how people with chronic disease and those living with disabilities like blindness are living and adjusting to our new normal. Ryan interviewed experts and leaders, some who are dealing with the huge uncertainties of their own health conditions and what could happen if they get COVID-19.
Inspired by the conversation with Ryan, I decided to launch a video-podcast mini-series where I’m speaking with experts, leaders, activists and advocates to share their experiences, perspectives and ideas that may enable the disabled community to cope, navigate, find inspiration and hope during this time.
Helpful resources for the blind and low vision during COVID-19 with Sassy Outwater
I’m speaking with Sassy Outwater-Wright, the exec. director of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired, MABVI. Sassy is also an advocate for persons with disabilities, an expert in accessibility and technology. Sassy is sharing her advice about finding resources and navigating the every challenges of coping with our new normal when you are blind.
How services for the blind can successfully navigate the new normal with COVID-19
This video-cast is the first in a mini series of conversations that I am having with leaders, innovators, educators and advocates within the blind and visually impaired community to explore how we’re navigating the new normal with COVID-19. There is no doubt, we’re living in an unprecedented time. Our shared reality is sending shockwaves through each of our hearts, families, and communities. There is so much happening so quickly, as we try to keep ourselves and the people around us safe. In this episode, I’m speaking with Cody Laplante and Katrina Best – founders of Eye.T, an EdTech startup that is enhancing professional education and training for specialists in rehabilitation, special education and service providers. Katrina and Cody are experts in the field of education for the visually impaired and assistive technology. Katrina is also an orientation and mobility specialist licensed in Florida.
Cody, Katrina and I are talking about how organizations and schools providing services for the visually impaired are now working through a new normal. The new normal aimed at helping alleviate the public health crisis is maintaining social distancing. Katrina and Cody provide valuable advise for people who are blind and low vision to help navigate this health crisis. They also share important developments and tips for parents and educators.
This mini series is produced and sponsored by Sunu, the creators of the first sonar smart-band that’s enabling the visually impaired to navigate the world.