2018 has been a significant year of development and inspiration at OE Patients. Thanks to your readership, support and feedback, we have advanced our mission to provide empowering and encouraging advice for people living with visual impairments.
Our online initiative, which encompasses all types of vision loss, is funded by the Association for Macular Diseases and presented in partnership with Ophthalmic Edge. We are here to answer the questions patients often have, that cannot be addressed in the physician’s office.
It is our strongest intention to carry the momentum into the new year, and with that on the horizon, let’s first take a look at our top activities and highlights of 2018.
1. We shared expert tips and advice on living well with vision loss.
OE Patients’ content is delivered with an inspiring voice by a team of contributors, experienced both personally and professionally. Refreshed weekly, our empowering spirit is conveyed consistently in topics on health, technology, accessibility and adjusting.
2. We explored the latest in accessibility and technology at our events.
Our accessibility events, hosted at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital in NYC, give us the opportunity to dive into the most popular topics from the OE Patients website.
This year, we had an especially wonderful and diverse program, ranging from speakers representing NYC’s most well-known art museums at our Audio Description event, to an afternoon of demonstrations at the Electronic Glasses event.
3. We discovered inspiring stories featuring people living and thriving with vision loss.
We were delighted to find and share, on social media, numerous stories featuring people living full and successful lives with visual impairments. They are people of all ages, backgrounds and industries — artists, photographers, and more — proving that, ultimately, it is the persistent pursuit of one’s passion that keeps the light lit.
4. We witnessed and shared the latest news on the progress of inclusivity and technology.
Each year brings new developments in accessibility. Though progress always takes longer than we’d like, the change is nevertheless steady. In 2018, from the rise of Aira in the public eye to the expansion of mandated accessibility on Broadway, the needle moved us ever-closer to inclusivity as intentional foundation, rather than afterthought.
5. We gleaned valuable insights, thanks to your voices.
At events, through emails, or on social media, you spoke to us, expressing your heartfelt opinions, ideas, and suggestions. Your feedback guided the shape of our accessibility events, inspired new ideas for our editorial, and encouraged our sharing on social. Keep reaching out to us! We love hearing from you.
If you’d like to get involved, please visit our Support page, or email us about submitting an article featuring your perspective as someone living with vision loss, or expertise as a medical, accessibility or vision loss support expert. Your voice is much appreciated.
OE Patients would not be the same without your gracious readership and generous support, and for that, we would like to say a big thank you! We look forward to seeing you in 2019!