Lets Talk Low Vision

Each month, the Council of Citizens with Low Vision, International (CCLVI) provides a forum addressing topics of concerns to people with low vision titled "Let's Talk Low Vision". We are fortunate to have Dr. Bill Takeshita as the moderator and master of ceremonies for these presentations. The presentations occur the third Tu

Tuesday of each month and start at 5:30pm (Pacific), 8:30pm (Eastern). To be part of the conversation, please call: (712) 432 - 3447 enter code: 145330
**Topics and Speakers are subject to change with little to no notice. **


2017 Schedule




Tuesday, February 21
Nutrition, Exercising and Healthy lifestyles in the New Year!
Dr. Bill interviews CCLVI President and Certified Aerobics Instructor Leslie Spoone who will provide tips for staying physically fit in the new year.


Tuesday, March 21

The “How To’s”, Being handy around the home, at work and in the community. From fixing things, upgrading your home to finding handyman life hacks, this show will explore unique ways persons with low vision can maintain independence and learn from others.
Dr. Bill interviews Larry Turnbull, ACB Radio Manager, who will provide tips for those so inclined to "do it yourself" in the home.

Tuesday, April 18
Dr. Bill interviews Randy Ruznak who will provide tips on cooking with low vision.


Tuesday, May 16
CCLVI & You! An up close and personal look at what’s to come at our convention in Sparks, NV this summer.
Dr. Bill interviews Jim Jirak and others involved in the elaborate planning of the 2017 CCLVI convention programming.


Tuesday, June 20
Best of the best, applications and useful tips and tricks for mobile phones and tablets
Dr. Bill interviews Julian Vargas. This mobile technology specialist discusses the latest in useful tricks and tips for mobile devices.


Sunday, July 2
Psychological impact of vision loss
Be sure to join us live from the sight of the 2017 ACB Conference and Convention as we present a live in-person Lets Talk Low Vision series when Dr. Bill interviews Vickie Parker, M.A.


Tuesday, August 15
Parenting with Low Vision.
Dr. Bill interviews Parenting Expert Julie Johnson who will provide an informational session on raising children with low vision.


Tuesday, September 19
Medical Advances
Dr. Bill reviews the most significant advances for the most common eye diseases.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Weathering the Storm and emergency preparedness.
Dr. Bill interviews FCB President Jim Kracht and Second Vice-President Doug Hall on emergency preparedness issues for people with low vision.


Tuesday, November 21
Holiday gifts for children and adults with low vision.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017
How to protect your eyes and preserve your vision.


2018 Schedule


Tuesday, January 16

Trends In Transportation: Learn from guest presenters on tips, trends and emerging information on accessing transit information from the local, national and global level. Information from paratransit to public and private means of transport will be discussed as it pertains to persons with low vision.


Tuesday, February 20

Networking with Low Vision: Hear from the experts on do’s and don’ts when cultivating personal, professional and social networks. Panelists will discuss best practices and share personal experiences on the art of networking and kindling relationships at all levels.


Tuesday, March 20

Update & Advancements for treatment of macular degeneration & other common eye diseases: Join host Dr. Bill Takeshita as he discusses advancements and trends on common eye diseases including Macular Degeneration.  Guests will be able to ask questions of Dr. Bill during the last 15 minutes of the conference.


Tuesday, April 17

Resources & Support Groups for people with Low Vision: This session will discuss best practices when there is a need or desire to establish a peer led low vision support group.  The session will also include common and reputable resources that can be shared and referenced during support group meetings.


Tuesday, May 15

The ABC’s of CCLVI!: Dr. Bill interviews CCLVI Leaders who will discuss everything you wanted to know about CCLVI and haven’t had time to ask.  Learn about CCLVI’s various scholarship programs, membership benefits, advocacy and convention highlights for the upcoming convention in St. Louis in July 2018.


Tuesday, June 19

Clinical trials & Low Vision: DO the risks outweigh benefits? Dr. Bill Takeshita shares with audience members both pros and cons of determining if participation in such trials are to one’s benefit or not. Knowing what questions to ask and what risks may be incurred will also be discussed.


Tuesday, July 17

From High Tech to Low Tech: Learn about the world of opportunities as Dr. Bill Takeshita and guest presenters provide an overview of technology available to persons with low vision that has stood the test of time. Additionally, an overview of emerging tools from the portable to the stationary will be covered.


Tuesday, August 21

Emerging Treatments for Glaucoma & Diabetic Retinopathy: Dr. Bill will provide an overview on trends in medical treatments for both Glaucoma and Diabetic Retinopathy.  Time for questions will round out the last 15 minutes of this one-hour session.


Tuesday, September 18

Traveling with Low Vision: From everyday domestic travel to planning that special once in a lifetime getaway, Dr. Bill will interview well-traveled low vision panelists who will share their finest travel hacks.


Tuesday, October 16
Lighting and Eye Protection: Audience members will hear from Dr. Bill on ways to protect eyes from ultraviolet radiation and blue light. Dr. Bill will also share tips on best ways to maximize lighting in the home and at the office.


Tuesday, November 20

Apps for low vision: Dr. Bill and guest presenters will discuss notable apps that are low vision friendly, including the successful Seeing AI app, apps that maximize productivity around the home and at work.


Tuesday, December 18

Festive & Fun with Low Vision: The holidays are among us and whether it is hosting, planning or attending a family or work gathering, DR. Bill and guest presenters have ideas and suggestions on minimizing stress, anxiety throughout the holiday season and well into the New Year. Topics on recreation, leisure and navigating the holiday with newfound insight will round out the conference call.



Tuesday, January 17

CCLVI’s Scholarship program and succeeding in college with low vision.
Dr. Bill touches on CCLVI's Fred Scheigert scholarship with the chair of the Scheigert committee and recent scholarship recipients who share their recommendations for success in college.

Tuesday December 20, 2016


08/16/2016 Braille Institute Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Bill interviews Keith Christian 2016 Braille Institute Teacher of the Year

07/20/2016 How to protect your eyes.
Dr. Bill explains the nature of light from the sun, computers and cellphones and how to protect your eyes.

06/21/2016 Traveling with Low Vision.
Traveling with Low Vision

05/17/2016 Self Driving Cars.
Dr. Bill talks about the potential of Self Driving Cars.

04/19/2016 Social Security Programs
The Social Security benefits available to people with vision problems. Also, who qualifies? how to apply and how much you can get.

03/18/2016 What's New in Assistive Technology.
Dr. Bill interviews a panel of vendors about "what's New in Assistive Technology"

02/18/2016 Odd Situations.
Dr. Bill and guests discuss the odd situations encountered by the sight impaired

01/19/2016 Dr. Bill shares his life experience.
Dr. Bill shares his life experience both as he grew up and later lost his vision.

12/15/2015 Lighting and Color.
Dr Bill discusses lighting and color and what it means to those with low vision

11/19/22015 Holiday gifts for the sight impaired.
Dr. Bill and a panel of guests discuss possible Holiday gifts for the sight impaired

10/22/2015 Low Vision Drivers.

Dr. Bill offers advise to drivers who have low vision

09/16/2015 Latest in lens technology
Dr. Bill and guests talk about the latest in lens technology to protect eyes and enhance vision

08/27/2015 Tips for Grooming, Dressing and Shopping

Dr. Bill and a panel discuss valuable tips to help those visually impaired to identify items when grooming, dressing and shopping

07/24/2015 Cooking Tips.  
Dr. Bill and Elsa Enriqes discuss neat cooking tips for those who are visually impaired

06/16/2015 Tips to Help you When Traveling.  
Dr. Bill discusses tips to help you when traveling with a panel of colleagues from around the country

05/22/2015 Orientation and Mobility.  

Dr. Bill discusses the subject of Orientation and Mobility.

04/21/2015 Handling Finances. 
Dr. Bill and guest Betty Holmer discuss handling your finances when you are visually impaired.

02/19/2015 Dating With Low Vision.
Dr. Bill interviews a panel of guests who share their experiences and recommendations regarding dating with low vision.

01/20/2015 High School To College and Employment. 
Dr. Bill interviews Richard Rueda, Junior Blind of America, and Ann Kwong, UC Berkeley to discuss organizations that have transition programs.

12/20/2014 Managing your finances. 
Dr. Bill offers tips on managing your currency, credit and debit cards, as well as monthly bills

11/18/2014 Shopping for Thanksgiving and the Holidays. 
Dr. Bill, Elsa and Julian offer tips on how they shop for Thansgiving and the holidays

10/24/2014  New Treatment for Eye Conditions.  
The latest advances in medications to treat Macular Degeneration, gene therapy, stem cell research and biotechnology to restore vision.

09/13/2014 Transitioning from High School to College or Work. 
Dr. Bill interviews Richard Reuda of the Junior Blind of America, shares information to help students and parents make these life transitions.

08/22/2014 Listen to thousands of books and magazines for free. 
Apply for E books from the National Library Service and listen to them on the NLS player and other devices. Kindle and iPad, and other software discussed.

07/17/2014 Diabetes and Nutrition. 
The interview covers the basic fundamentals about healthy eating and excellent recommendations regarding snacks and counting carbohydrates.

05/20/2014 Travelling With Low Vision. 
Dr. Bill, Julian Vargas & Damian Pickering share advice for traveling: Finding low fares, Travel Apps and Favorite vacation destinations.

04/16/2014 What's New in Assistive Technology 2014 CSUN Conference. 
Discussion of products from Enhanced Vision, Optelec, Freedom Scientific, Humanware, HIMS and others.

02/20/2014 FDA Label Requirements for Visually Impaired. 
Dr. Bill and Annette Carter discuss the FDA requirements for prescription drug labels for the visually impaired.

01/21/2014 Technology accessibility Topics.
Discussion of major improvements in accessibility features of the Mac, as well as features of AI Squared Zoom Text for Mac and the LVI Student New Generation video magnifier

12/18/2013 Advances in Gene Therapy.
A discussion of gene therapy for diseases like Leber's congentital amaurosis, Stargardt's, and Retinoschisis. Plus mutations & gene testing

11/19/2013 Keeping a Positive Attitude.
Dr. Bill interviews Phyllis Amaral, PhD who discusses strategies to keep a positive attitude. Dr. Amaral is a clinical Psychologist at The Center for the Partially Sighted

10/15/2013 Nutrition and Vision.
Dr. Bill Takeshita; Guest: Dr. Kent Small. Dr. Small discusses the relationship between diet and the progress of certain eye diseases. He also answers audience questions.

09/19/2013 Telling others of your vision problem.
Dr. Bill, Annette Carter, Keith Christian, and Richard Rueda discuss the pros and cons of telling others about your vision problem

08/22/2013 Cell phone applications.
Dr. Bill and guest panelists discuss their favorite cell phone applications.

07/16/2013 Customized filters and colored lenses.
The benefits on how these items can increase contrast, reducing glare, improving ey comfort, and protect the tissues of the eye.

06/20/2013  Research in treating eye diseases .
Dr. Bill, Dr. Alfred Solish and Dr. P. Dayani discuss recent research in treating glaucoma, uvetis, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Status on retinal implant, stem cells and gene therapy discussed.

05/23/2013 Latest Low Vision Devices.
Experts discuss: Enhanced Vision DaVinci, APH Braille 18 Plus, HMS Candy Grip & Optelec Clear View Talking Video Magnifier

04/18/2013 Uncomfortable Situations. 
This discussion will provide those with low vision with how to manage uncomfortable situations.

03/20/2013 Smart Phones.
Dr. Bill discusses Smart Phones with Julian Vargas and Mike Orego:

02/23/2013 Upgrading to Windows 8. 
Dr. Bill discusses the accessibility of the Windows 8 OS for people with low vision.

02/21/2013  Windows 8 for low vision.  
Dr. Bill explains the advantages of Windows 8 for people with low vision. He also discusses compatibility with screen magnifiers, text-to-speech and other assistive technology.

01/16/2013  Social Security Benefits & Low Vision.
Dr. Bill interviews Social Security Specialist, Gordon Chan, about the latest changes in Social Security Disability Income and Supplemental Security Income, how to apply, and benefits for the employed.

08/23/2012 Advances in Video Magnifiers. 
Dr. Bill discusses the latest advances in video magnifiers.    

07/29/2012 Useful smartphone applications. 
Dr. Bill discusses smartphone applications with two experts in the field, Joel Isaacs and Julian Vargas.

06/22/2012 How to start a business. 
Dr. Bill shares helpful information on how to start your own business at home. He advises there are many low cost options.

05/16/2012  C-Desk Computer System. 
The C-Desk Computer sortware is a program that can help people with low vision use the computer. Dr. Bill talks about the features that makes this a great tool for people with low vision. 

04/17/2012 What's New With Smart Phones? 
Smart phones are evolving each day and this is exciting for people with low vsion. Julian Vargas updates us on the latest in the technology. 

03/21/2012 Benefits of Telesopic Glasses.
Dr. Bill Takeshita talks about the benefits of telescopic glasses and how these glasses can help people with low vision to drive, watch television, and play golf!. 

02/22/2012 Dating With Low Vision 
Dr. Takeshita interviews a panel of adults with low vision and their spouses as they talk about dating. Posted: 

01/19/2012 iPhone 4S Accessible Phones.
Dr. Bill interviews Richard Rueda, Kristi Stone and Julian Vargas about one of the most popular cell phones for people with vision problems, the iPhone 4S. Learn about the features and apps they like most. 

12/21/2011 Traveling With Low Vision.
Dr. Bill interviews Joel Isaacs, who shares helpful tips to make your travel experience more enjoyable. 

11/16/2011 Great Holiday Gifts.
Dr. Bill Takeshita and Julian Vargas describe some of the more popular holiday season gift ideas for children and adults with low vision. 

10/19/2011 How to handle difficult situations.
Dr. Bill and Tom Frank talk about ways to handle those tough situations that people with low vision often encounter.