Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
October 2014
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Technology Panel
Blind NASA Chief Blog
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 Technology Panel Discussion at MAB's Annual Meeting Oct. 8: "An App A Day Keeps the Doctor Away"


When: Wednesday, October 8

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Where: MassHousing, fourth floor
One Beacon Street, Boston 02108


Technology has long been assumed to be the province of the young. Our panelists will discuss how visually impaired seniors are increasingly using high tech strategies to compensate for vision loss and promote healthy aging.


Panel speakers:   


  • Jennifer Kaldenberg, MSA, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA, Clinical Director at the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at BU College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College.
  • David Morrison, Co-leader of a MABVI low vision support group and expert user of low vision adaptive technology.
  • Paul Rumul, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Davenport Companies, operator of The Cove at Thirwood Place, an assisted living facility in South Yarmouth with apartments tailored to the needs of visually impaired residents.
  • Moderated by Paul Saner, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.


    The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Joshua Warren by Friday, October 3 if you would like to attend. 


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    Benjamin "Tracy" Minish


    Blind NASA Chief Explains "Why You Should Always Wear Clean Underwear" in New Blog 


    Benjamin "Tracy" Minish has only minimal vision remaining, but that doesn't stop him from serving proudly as the Chief of NASA's Mission System Operations branch. His condition has, however, put him in some interesting situations, but Tracy faces them all with his trademark sense of humor. Recently, Tracy wrote a post for our Insight blog about one particular incident years ago in a Russian hotel: 


    "I wake up several times, trying to adjust to 'rocket lag,' and at one point I stumble to the bathroom, half asleep. I see myself in the mirror and step closer. Strangely, my image in the mirror turns and briskly walks away. I do that pinch thing again, and nope, I am not sleeping. I look around and notice my bathroom is incredibly large, so large it could be... A HALLWAY. Yikes!


    I turn quickly, but the door is shut closed. I rattle the door knob, and yes, it is locked. I reach instinctively for my key in my back pocket, but my 'tighty-whities' have no pockets. 'Moscow, we have a problem!'"

    To read the whole story, visit our Insight blog.


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