After trying, unsuccessfully, to access the company’s online site, the plaintiff decided to file suit to bring attention to the problem of inaccessible websites. The lawsuit doesn’t request damages, only that the website be changed.
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A blind customer couldn’t use Winn-Dixie’s website. He sued. Changes are coming
Jeffrey Lastrapes started playing cello at 12-years-old and hasn't stopped since. He was born visually impaired and learned early on that his vision impeded his sporting abilities. But his musical talents weren’t hindered by his sight.
Watch the video and hear Jeffrey discuss the path he took to get to the successful musician he is today.
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Strings Chair Finds Success With Cello Despite Visual Impairment
From the sounds that most of us don’t take much notice of, Bryce can tell what’s happening in the game. In between the play by play, Bryce announces statistics and insights into the game being played.
Learn more about Bryce’s talents and how he hopes to use them in a full time position in this article.
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Blind baseball announcer aspires to bring sports to fans with disabilities
A recent study addresses the lack of detectable changes that cause these visual impairments and led researchers to the identification of early indicators of retinal injury and inflammation that may indicate future risk of visual impairment in people living with traumatic brain injury.
This article features more information on the new camera and includes a large variety of pictures of the device.
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Photography you can feel
Read Read is getting good reviews from teachers around the country. Visit this article to learn more.
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Read more about his early years, how he got started in music and how he supports himself in the arts.
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Cello professor Lastrapes overcomes visual impairment
Erik Weihenmayer is the only blind person to have climbed Mt. Everest. He did it with the help of a guide – and this device.
Read more about the unique assistive technology that is available and learn how Erik climbed Everest in this article.
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Seeing With Your Tongue
The lawsuit was filed in Federal Court against the Law School Admissions Council stating that the entrance exam isn’t accessible to the visually impaired.
The student who filed the lawsuit states, "I don't want any special treatment. I just want the opportunity to compete equally with everyone else. I really don't think my ability to draw pictures will have any impact on my performance in law school, or in the practice of law."
Read more about the lawsuit in this news release.
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Blind Michigan Student Files Suit in Federal Court to Give Sightless Equal Chance At Becoming Lawyers
Their business was already doing well, but the Ellen show has brought positive attention and added sales to their growing business.
They were recently featured a second time on the Ellen show to catch up on how they’ve been doing since their initial visit. Read more in this article.
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Life After Ellen: ‘Two Blind Brothers’ Manage Growth, Share What’s Next
The camp uses the same formula as it does for all sighted camps, but each visually impaired student brings an educator with them to ensure that they get the most out of it. Students are also screened to ensure that the space simulators won’t aggravate their eye conditions.
Read more about the success of the camp and what the students have to say about space camp for the visually impaired in this article.
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Inside the Space Camp Designed for Blind and Visually Impaired Kids
The study highlights that many children will be able to have low cost intervention to enable them to keep the sight they have or correct the problems that are causing visual impairment.
Read more about the study in this Press Release.
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Preschool children face increasing vision problems over coming decades according to USC Roski Eye Institute research article in JAMA Ophthalmology
She worked hard to complete her education including the completion of her PhD using sound to analyze astrophysical data. She continues to work to make science accessible to those with various disabilities refusing to allow her visual impairment to keep her from the field of science that she loves.
Read more about Wanda in this article.
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Scientist studies without sight
After spending a year learning skills to live independently as a blind person, Neil was inspired to enter the massage therapy field because of a massage he had had the night before his surgery. Though he had to work hard to convince a school to accept him and work equally hard to complete the program, he now runs his own massage therapy business.
Read more about Neil in this article.
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Manadnock Profile: Taylor lives his life with his hands
The glasses make sight possible for people with certain types of visual impairments, and for this fan, the glasses enabled him to finally see the ball enter the basket.
To watch a video of the fan and his eSight glasses or to read more about it, visit this link.
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Utah Jazz Gives A Blind 7-Year-Old Fan Hi-Tech Glasses, Allowing Him To See For The First Time
The group was originally asked to help with a much smaller project, but during the implementation of that work, they realized the possibilities that could be opened with 3D printing capabilities.
The chess set developed from this realization.
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3D Printed Chess Set Helps Visually Impaired Children in Argentina Learn the Game
The first stage of the device was designed during a Hackathon for MIT students. The group wanted to improve accessibility options for the visually impaired and were able to complete the first prototype within the 15 hour window.
Since that event, they have continued to work on the portable device to ensure it is affordable and accurate. Learn more in this Smithsonian article.
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This device translates text to Braille in real time
Up until this breakthrough, all possible replacements were created from rigid materials that did not closely compare to human tissue. Researchers believe this breakthrough may assist not only vision loss,, but that the same material may possibly be used for other areas of the human body.
Read more about this new research in this article.
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New Synthetic retina could offer new hope to visually impaired people
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How I learned to see through the eyes of my sons - TEDx
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Here comes a touchscreen tablet to help visually impaired people
eSight was looking for a good news story to promote their technology and they stumbled upon Andrew’s story.
The company worked together with Andrew and his wife of 15 years to recreate their special day in the same location, with the same guests. Andrew was given a pair of eSight glasses which allowed him to see much of what he had missed in the first version of his wedding day.
The event was streamed on Facebook live to share the power of eSight’s product and the emotions behind the day for Andrew and his wife.
To read more of the touching story, visit this article.
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15 years later, a blind man sees his wedding, thanks to VR
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For these artists, limited vision expanded their horizons
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Helpful Apps for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Erich has run 16 marathons in the past, but this will be his first attempt with his current level of low vision without anyone right beside him to guide him during the race.
Read more about Erich’s technology trial and the way he approaches it in this article.
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Visually impaired Littleton man to run Boston Marathon with a remote assistant 3,000 miles away
Tommy Edison, from The Blind Film Critic, sits down with Christine Ha, winner of MasterChef 3, to discuss the differences between never having experienced sight (Tommy) and losing it as an adult (Christine). Tommy was born blind and Christine experienced vision loss as an adult. They delve into some preferences and thoughts on various topics within this subject area.
To find out what they have to say on the differences, watch the video.
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What are the differences between being born blind and becoming blind?
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Women on the Move: Christie Smith
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A Self Driving Bus that can Speak Sign Language
Louis was only three when an accident in his father’s workshop caused an infection that would take all of his sight. As a young child, he was sent to a school for the blind where he realized that it wasn’t possible for blind people to read with the current systems. After hearing about the invention of Morse Code, Louis decided there must be a way to communicate in a similar fashion for the blind. He set his heart of figuring it out. It took many years and many sleepless nights, but what he finally created is Braille, the raised bumps that form letters making it possible for the blind to read long before technology came about.
Learn more about the inventor and his accomplishments in this article on Louis Braille.
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Six dots: the Remarkable Life and Legacy of Child Inventor Louis Braille, Illustrated
Read more about Chris and his take on “respect” being the most important part of any workplace in this article.
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A visually impaired programmer explains how he does it – and what he wishes more tech companies knew
A measure, currently being considered by California state lawmakers, would make it possible for all children to have comprehensive eye exams and necessary treatment for any issues that were found during the exam.
Find out more about what is being proposed by reading this article.
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Need to keep a sharp eye on school vision tests
The study leads those in the field to believe that a lack of education surrounding the risks of vision loss for anyone with diabetes. Read more about the study and its conclusions in this article.
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Youth with Diabetes are in Need of Vision Screening, According to Recent Study
In this post, she writes about travelling with her guide dog or on her own and the assistance she receives as well as the questions she gets when they realize she is visually impaired and traveling solo.
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Meet the woman who won’t let being blind ruin her travel plans
Both are inspiring people and together this 10 minute video is full of laughs and honest answers to difficult questions.
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What are the differences between being born blind & becoming blind (featuring Christine Ha)
The article also looks at areas that still need attention for safety reasons and calls on cities to make a more concerted effort to create inclusive transportation and city streets.
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Using Technology to Help Visually Impaired People Navigate Cities
For one couple, both visually impaired, the use of a 3D printer has allowed them to experience what many people see in an ultrasound. The couple approached their obstetrician about what options might be available to help them experience their pregnancy more fully. The doctor used the first ultrasound machine with built in 3D printing capacity to create the model of their son.
About the experience of 3D printing, the expecting mother says, “Thanks to the exams and printing, we were able to not only know that our baby was growing healthy, but also to have a very real contact and establish a very strong involvement with our son.”
Read more in this article about the family and the doctor who made it happen.
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3D Printing Helps Blind Brazilian Couple to Feel Their Unborn Child
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Microsoft Teaches Visually Impaired Kids Coding Basics
After a pair of strokes took most of her vision, Dorothy decided to adapt and thrive. She is now 83 and riding regularly with one of three pilots she was paired with.
Read more about Dorothy and her love of riding in this article.
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Blindness can’t slow 83 year old cyclist
They hope to show people that anyone can do anything they put their mind to with a little ingenuity and creativity, the right tools and a great partner.
Read more about the upcoming show and the stars of the series in this article.
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Home-grown DIY Show Hopes to Inspire
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Shooting Blind, How I Mastered Photography After Losing My Sight
In this article she discusses the assistive technology she uses and where it is still lacking in the industry.
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This blind musician uses assistive technology to help develop her own unique sound
Ashley Eisenmenger is a triathlete who is blind. She competes with her guides who lead her through the course giving details on where the other competitors are.
She started running in high school and soon found out how much it helped her.
Read more about Ashley’s competitive nature and how she got into triathalons in this article.
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Trailblazer: Blind triathlete wins national title, hopes for repeat
In this article, one user describes how she uses Aira to get through the mall and find the shops she wants without having to ask a security guard or clerk for assistance.
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Although there are some areas such as wheelchair accessibility that are acceptable for many performances, those that need sign language translation, audio headsets or performances that are appropriate for people with autism are held infrequently or not at all for many shows.
Learn more about the lawsuit in this article.
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‘Hamilton’ Lawsuit Turns Spotlight on Broadway Accessibility
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Retail Savings Guide for People with Disabilities
Read more about the new process and the research that is being done in this article.
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First patient in Los Angeles to receive FDA-approved corneal cross-linking procedure treated at USC Roski Eye Institute
What do you think of the author’s consensus on how helpful mobile apps are? Share your comments below.
Tech and disability: Can Mobile Apps Make a Difference?
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Playing video games helps the visually impaired
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This online simulator will show you what it’s like to be legally blind
"Our study sheds further light on the complex relationship between aging, vision loss, cataract, and depression, and suggests that there may be a role for cataract surgery in improving mental health in the elderly," the researchers write.
Read more about the study and the conclusions that those involved reached in this article.
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Cataracts Linked to Increased Odds of Depression in Older Adults
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An app to help blind people ‘see’