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Getting Vaccinated!

Close up of a COVID-19 Vaccine vial being opened. Photo: Ericha Fitzgerald, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons The State of Maryland opened a mass vaccination site at the Baltimore City Convention Center. Find locations and providers through the State’s vaccine locator tool.  If you are over 65 and you live in Baltimore City, you can…

Useful Apps for Navigation: Google Maps and Blind Square

Techniques for Travel When a person travels using their white cane, they have lots of techniques for learning a new environment and exploring their surroundings at their disposal. Asking questions of passersby such as clarifying which block a destination is on, asking what intersection one is standing at, or inquiring which building is next to…

Oct21 Newsletter Teen and Young Adult Programs

Highlights Congratulations to our 2021 Student Awardees This year IMAGE and VME honored two students for their exemplary service at our Solutions 2021 celebration event. Our teen and young adult programs would not be the same without the dedication and growth of our students. Check out this year’s awardees. Student of the Year Rebecca Parker…

Orientation October: How to Get a Cane, Different Types of Canes, and Your Rights as a White Cane User

What Type of Cane Should I Buy? White cane users all have their individual preferences on what makes the most useful white cane. Here are some valuable questions to consider as you evaluate the type of cane you want to use:  How heavy do I want my cane to be? — Some prefer a heavier…

Orientation October: History of the White Cane and White Cane Safety Day/White Cane Awareness Day

History of the White Cane In older literature and in written accounts of daily life, it is common to read that a person who was blind/had low vision used a long object such as a branch or metal pole while walking to give them information about the ground in front of them so that they…

Self-advocacy September: Making PDF Documents Accessible

PDF documents are widely used in schools and in employment, but all PDFs are not created equal in terms of accessibility for blind/low vision individuals. This week, the Free Bridges Helpdesk explores PDF documents in terms of self-advocacy for accessibility. What are PDFs, and why do we use them? PDF documents are both common and…

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