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Gary Lipton Media Relations Manager Phone: 1-(800)-222-5551 Fax: 1-(800)-990-4329 Web site: www. napsnet .com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org #2664 North American Precis Syndicate, Inc., 415 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017 Fill Your House With The Beauty Of Affordable Art (NAPSA)—Giving your home more personality and treating yourself and your family to the delights of custom art can be easier and more affordable than you may think. To help, here are some tips: •Remember, when you hang an artwork, the center point of the picture or group of pictures should be at about eye level for the average person. •In general, it’s wise to use smaller pictures, photos or paintings for narrow walls and larger pieces for bigger wall spaces. •If you are going to hang a piece of art over furniture, remember that the artwork should not be longer than the furniture is wide. Some say that about 75 percent of the width of the furniture is a useful target when it comes to the length of the art. •Many decorators believe that it’s wise to display art in a way that groups three “like” items together. Maybe your arrangement will group three pieces by the same artist, or three pieces that have the same subject matter or are similarly framed. Whatever grouping you decide on, make sure your wall decor matches your personality. The good news is that selecting the right art for your home is getting easier thanks to a website that helps people find the art they love, so they can love their space more. The site, Art.com, offers original content, curated collections and advice. •For example, its Photos-toArt service lets users turn their own photos into personalized artwork. Simply upload customized photos and choose the type of artwork you want, including largescale artistic canvas, wood mount- Easy access to the world’s largest selection of art images and framed versions of your own photos is now available to help you love where you live even more. ing, photographic poster prints and custom-framed pieces. As an extension to this service, Art.com recently launched a mobile iPhone app that allows users to upload customized photos from their phone camera or Instagram. •Art.com also helps you to select handpicked art that reflects current design trends for every aesthetic—from Modern Rustic to High Drama to Modern Man Cave, among others. •Users can browse more than 1.5 million images by artist, by subject or by collection. •ArtCircles, Art.com’s app for iPad, takes you through the world’s most inspiring art collection as seen through the eyes of various curators. You can tag your favorites, create your own collection, share it with your social networks and even view the artworks in your own space by holding the iPad up to your wall. Once you’ve found the right art for your space, you can buy it directly from your iPad. To view the collection and for more information, visit the website at www.Art.com. Women In The Workplace (NAPSA)—If you don’t have a woman boss now, you probably will very soon. As 50 percent of the U.S. workforce and more than half of all managers and supervisors, women are reaching leadership positions in record numbers. According to the book “Women Lead” by Apollo Research Institute, women outperform men in key leadership skills. Here are some tips to help women (and men) acquire and demonstrate these valuable skills. Communication is considered the top skill for effective leadership. •Get tech savvy: By 2020, more than 70 percent of jobs will have a technical component. Stay current by upgrading your computer skills or learning new ones. Check job postings to see which skills employers are looking for, and take classes that teach those skills. •Polish your people skills: Of more than 3,000 managers surveyed for “Women Lead,” nearly half picked communication as the most important skill for today’s leaders. Help your team excel by clearly communicating goals, roles and achievements. •Live to learn: Continuing education ranked as the No. 1 most important activity for effective leaders, according to the managers surveyed for “Women Lead.” Make learning a lifelong habit by enrolling in a certification or advanced-degree program to boost your academic credentials. You can learn more at www. apolloresearchinstitute.org or find Apollo Research Institute on Facebook. Help For Americans With Vision Loss (NAPSA)—Here’s eye-opening news: With a little help, the 2.9 million Americans living with low vision—and the millions more who may have to some day—can maximize their remaining eyesight and safely enjoy a productive and rewarding life. What It Is Low vision means that even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery, people find everyday tasks difficult to do. Reading the mail, shopping, cooking and writing can seem challenging. Most people with low vision are 65 years old or older. The chief causes of vision loss in older people are age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataract and glaucoma. Among younger Americans, low vision is most often caused by inherited eye conditions, infectious and autoimmune eye disease, or trauma. Getting Help “I encourage anyone with low vision to seek guidance about vision rehabilitation from a low vision specialist,” advised Paul A. Sieving, M.D., Ph.D. A low vision specialist is an ophthalmologist or optometrist working with people with low vision. He or she can develop a rehabilitation plan that identifies strategies and assistive devices appropriate for the person’s particular needs. Vision rehabilitation can include: •training to use magnifying and adaptive devices •learning new daily living skills to remain safe and live independently •developing strategies to navigate inside and outside the home •p rovid ing reso urces and support. Vision rehabilitation can make a world of difference to a person adjusting to vision loss and should be considered part of the continuum of care. “A vision rehabilitation plan helps people reach their true visual potential when nothing more can be done from a medical or surgical standpoint,” said Mark Wilkinson, O.D., a low vision specialist at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. More Help Help can also come from the National Eye Institute (NEI), a part of NIH. It offers a 20-page large-print booklet, “What You Should Know About Low Vision,” a series of videos featuring patient stories about living with low vision. The NEI, committed to finding new ways to improve the lives of people living with visual impairment, dedicates more than $24 million to research projects aimed at low vision. Projects include learning how the brain adapts to vision loss, strategies to improve vision rehabilitation, and the development of new technologies to help people with low vision read, shop, and find their way in unfamiliar places. Free Resources The booklet, videos and other resources are at www.nei.nih. gov/lowvision.