SEROSPECTIVES: Dining in the Light


About our

Maureen Duffy is the Editorial
Director of She is a
Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT) and a Low Vision Therapist
(LVT). Maureen is an editor, writer, and former longtime academic who
contributes numerous books, book chapters, and articles in a variety of
professional and academic publications on blindness, vision loss, and aging.

In addition to her work at VisionAware, Maureen is an Associate
Editor of The
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness
and an Adjunct Instructor
and past Director of the Graduate Programs in Vision Rehabilitation
Therapy/Rehabilitation Teaching at Salus University College of Education and
, where she received three Educator of the Year awards.

She is a recipient of the Bruce
McKenzie Award
for lifetime achievement and outstanding contributions to
Vision Rehabilitation Therapy/Rehabilitation Teaching from the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation
of the Blind and Visually Impaired


Joshua Loya
is an assistant instructor at the Guardian Academy of Martial
Arts in Spring Valley, California.
Despite being completely blind since
1996, he has earned 1st degree black belts in Guardian Jujutsu,
Guardian Karate, and Guardian Kobujutsu. He is scheduled to test for his 2nd
degree black belts later this year. He also holds a senior blue belt in
Guardian Kempo, the advanced program offered by the Guardian Academy, and is
one of only three students to be given Guardian Kempo rank under the new system
rules. Learn more about Joshua by visiting his website.


Patti Jacobson has been an instructor
with the Hadley School for the Blind for
16 years. She has been totally blind due to Retinopathy of Prematurity. She had
partial sight until age ten, then developed glaucoma and lost her remaining

received her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and her Master’s in
Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of
Northern Colorado, Greeley.

lives independently in her own home, and participates in church
activities.  At Hadley, she teaches the Food Series, Independent Living,
Using Raised Markers, Braille Reading, and Guide Dogs courses.


Ways to Keep Your Portions Healthy

Sense of Serving Sizes

Key to Losing Weight While Eating Out

Nutritional Content Information Websites


Smart Phone Apps

Fast Food Calories Hunter: Free and Paid Databases. Search
for “CHunter” on your phone.

Eat This, Not That is an app based on the popular Men’s
Health Magazine series of books with that name. Find it in the app store by
searching for “Eat This!”

Nosh is an app that provides menu listings and reviews for
local restaurants. You can sometimes find nutrition information, and menu
selections. User feedback can provide information about the quality of the
restaurant and about portion sizes. Search for “Nosh” to find this app.



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