Blindness in the News – Oct. 13, 2017

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.

A weekly compilation of news stories highlighting items of interest about people who are blind, visually impaired and other disabilities.

1. You’ve Got Braille
By: Priti Salian

Upasana Makati saw a need. In India, where Braille education is mandated and smart phone penetration is low, she noticed that access to quality reading material in Braille was limited. She started “White Print,” a lifestyle magazine, to help. The magazine is entirely in Braille and features reporting on food, technology, music, and art, as well as inspirational stories and short fiction.

Source: Pacific Standard | Read Here

2. Winnetka Statues Outfitted with Glasses and Canes in Honor of Blindness Awareness Month in October
By: Community Contributor Creative Marketing Associates

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired has partnered with Hoffman Commercial Real Estate to draw attention to vision loss in October. The sculpture walk in downtown Winnetka features a series of bronze pieces installed by Hoffman around its retail properties. These statues are to be fitted with dark glasses, canes, and signage to raise awareness about vision loss for World Blindness Awareness Month.

Source: Winnetka Talk | Read Here

3. Congressional Group Prioritizing Disability Employment
By: Michelle Diament

Five members from The U.S. House of Representatives have formed a new bipartisan group for addressing the needs of developmentally disabled people. They will work to find policies and regulations that can be implemented or changed to help people with disabilities find and maintain work. At present, a gap exists for disabled people when beginning to work. It is possible to lose access to benefits such as social security and Medicaid while not making enough to cover the loss of those benefits. Some changes have already been implemented, but the group hopes to find more pathways to legislation and/or regulation.

Source: Disability Scoop | Read Here

4. Blind Date: what it’s like to navigate the dating scene when you can’t see
By: Francis Blagburn

The Telegraph profiles Stu, a visually impaired man, about his experiences dating as a blind person. He speaks about disclosing his disability in online dating, common reactions he receives, and the perks to having a guide dog as a wingman. Stu will be featured on Channel 4’s “First Dates.”

Source: The Telegraph | Read Here

5. ‘I don’t think employers see what disabled people can do’
By: Rebecca Ratcliffe

Neal Patel has worked for Waitrose, a UK supermarket, for the past year. He is disabled, and has remained unpaid and voluntary for the length of his employment. Amelia Forde hopes to work in sales in the beverage industry and recently graduated. She has had a number of difficulties related to seeking employment such as inaccessible job application processes. She is severely visually impaired, and is working part time in a supermarket for the time being. The Guardian reports on Patel, Forde, and other disabled people attempting to find work, examining their struggles.

Source: The Guardian | Read Here

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