News, Updates, and Stories from the WayAround Team

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How to be a Good Host for a Dinner Guest with Vision Loss

More and more people over age 45 have significant vision loss. That means there’s a good chance someone at your holiday gathering may have deteriorating eyesight that can’t be improved by wearing glasses. 

It can be difficult to know what someone can see and where that person may struggle in a new location. If you’re hosting someone with vision loss, there are easy and subtle things you can do to provide a low-vision-friendly holiday gathering. As a host, don’t put extra focus on the person with vision loss. Keep all table settings uniform, so that the person with vision loss is not singled out.

Here are five easy tips for being a good host when you have a guest with vision loss.

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A WayAround Power User’s Advice for Creating Templates

Sometimes our users come up with ways to use WayAround that we never would have thought of. John Fritz is a blind entrepreneur and father of seven who lives in rural Wisconsin. He has been blind since birth and lost his remaining eyesight by age three. John believes that “sight is not a requirement to be successful.”  From his youth, John has worked to become self-sufficient. He has managed a dairy farm, taught himself computer science, and built a vending business in rural Wisconsin. John uses WayAround to increase his independence in both his professional and personal life. Read our blogo to learn some of the creative ways John uses WayAround in three key areas of his life.

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Five Tips for Being More Inclusive Online

Lately, we’ve been sharing some of our favorite accessibility tips on Facebook and Twitter. We’ve had such a positive response that we decided to gather up our favorite tips in one easy-to-find blog post!

The internet can be a powerful accessibility tool. Yet, we know too well that it can also leave out people with low or no vision. Once we started sharing tips for inclusivity on social media, our fantastic community chimed in with tips of their own! Here is a roundup of five of our favorite online accessibility tips. 

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Guiding Eyes for the Blind Partners with WayAround to Enhance Accessibility on Campus Cutting-edge NFC Technology

Guiding Eyes for the Blind has partnered with WayAround to enhance accessibility at its Yorktown Heights Training Center. WayTag NFC tags (Near Field Communication tags) are placed strategically around the campus, in tandem with ADA signage or on features that typically require some vision to access or operate. A user taps their smartphone to the WayTag NFC tag to get an overview. Users can also access very specific, detailed information, if they want it.