Author Archives: Phouka

Gage Park Carousel

Location:  Gage Park, near 10th & Gage.  The Carousel is towards the middle of the park by the pool. Cost:  At the time we visited, it was $1.50 per person per ride. Web site:  http://ks-shawneecountyparksandrec.civicplus.com/Facilities/Facility/Details/109 The Carousel in the Park … Continue reading

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Study: Use of Camera-Based Assistive Tech by VI People

From the mailbag: Hello, We are researchers from Indiana University Bloomington conducting a study to understand the use of camera-based assistive technologies by people with visual impairments. We invite you to participate in this study by taking part in a … Continue reading

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Audio Description ROCKS: Cinemark Theatres Merriam

Location: 5500 Antioch Road, Merriam, KS 66202 Cost: It depends on the time of day, show you’re seeing, etc. Web site:   https://www.cinemark.com/theatre-259 Recently, we splurged and went to Cinemark Theatres in Merriam to see Incredibles 2.  We bought treats and … Continue reading

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Challenge Air is Coming September 8th!

If you have a child with a disability and live within a reasonable distance of the Kansas City Metro Area, I highly recommend signing up for Challenge Air.  Aside from the party aspects and free t-shirt, kiddos with disabilities get … Continue reading

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The Next Generation of Blind and Low-vision Youth Need You!

Once upon a time, when we first learned Peanut’s retinas were detached and our world had changed overnight, I found the NFB’s “Where the Blind Work” page online, and it has made all the difference.  Simply sharing your story can … Continue reading

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Take a Ride on the Gage Park Mini Train!

Location:  Gage Park, 6th & Gage Blvd, Topeka. Cost:  $1.50 per passenger per ride Web site:  https://ks-shawneecountyparksandrec.civicplus.com/Facilities/Facility/Details/108 Like generations of children before them, my kids love the Gage Park Mini Train.  They perk up excitedly when they hear its whistle, and … Continue reading

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Study: Impact of Overweight Status & VI on PE in K-12

From the mailbag: We are conducting a study exploring the experiences of individuals with visual impairments who were also overweight or obese during in physical education. We are looking at how having a visual impairment and being overweight or obese … Continue reading

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Survey: B/VI Patients Health Care Experiences

From the mailbag: I am a blind researcher at the University of Texas, El Paso, examining the experiences of blind and low vision patients interacting with their healthcare providers. If you are 18 or over, identify as blind or low … Continue reading

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Wanamaker Chick-Fil-A Play Place

Location: 1625 SW Wanamaker Rd , NWC 17th and Wanamaker , Topeka , KS 66604 Cost:  Free, but you can always buy a sandwich Web site:   https://www.chick-fil-a.com/Locations/KS/17th-and-Wanamaker This past Wednesday, Mom, Peanut, and I went to the newest and nicest … Continue reading

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Celebrate the ADA with the Whole Person

From the mailbag: July Jubilee Coming to Midtown! The Whole Person is celebrating the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with our 4th annual July Jubilee, a 2-day festival at our offices at 3710 Main Street, on Friday, … Continue reading

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