Blindness in the News – Oct. 30, 2017

“Blindness in the News” for Monday, Oct. 30, 2017.

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

1. For My Son with Disabilities, the Joy of Trick-or-Treating With a Buddy
By: Laura Richards

A mother shares her personal experience of watching her son develop friendships throughout his years in school. She opens up about the challenges children with disabilities face when making friends and the importance of letting friendships develop naturally through shared interests.

Source: New York Times | Read Here

2. Programs for Visually Impaired Students Face Teacher Shortage
By: Vikki Ortiz Healy

The National Association of Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind has had a major decline in membership over the past 10 years, resulting in a teacher shortage for students who are blind and visually impaired. If not addressed, this shortage could negatively impact the quality of education for students who are blind and visually impaired, as there will be decreased access to specialized lessons such as white cane mobility training and Braille lessons.

Source: Chicago Tribune | Read Here

3. Disney Innovates to Create Fireworks for the Blind
By: John Frost

In an effort to make their famous fireworks displays enjoyable for people who are blind and visually impaired, a Disney Research Lab in Zurich has developed a tactile based technology using water jets. Studies of the technology have demonstrated that sighted users are able to correctly label the correspondence of tactile-to-visual effects. This cost-effective technology has the potential for wider use.

Source: The Disney Blog | Read Here

4. An Iraq Veteran Finds Healing as he Hikes from Mexico to Canada
By: Hal Bernton

Army veteran Alex Seling injured his knee after returning from war. The injury left him feeling purposeless and suicidal. As his knee healed, he soon found joy in hiking. Organizations such as Veterans Expeditions and Warrior Expeditions provide veterans like Seling with resources such as hiking gear, clothing, and counseling support in an effort to address the challenges many veterans face after service.

Source: Seattle Times | Read Here

5. Blind Triplets from Virginia Become Eagle Scouts
By: Unlisted

Leo, Nick, and Steven Cantos mastered many skills including archery, whitewater rafting, and first-aid in order to become the first blind triplets to become Eagle Scouts, the highest ranking in the Boy Scouts of America.

Source: NBC Washington | Read Here

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