Blindness in the News – Nov. 10, 2017

“Blindness in the News” for Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.

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

1. Veterans report for duty on sets of military-themed TV shows
By: Bill Keveney

There has been a recent rise of military-themed TV shows which has resulted in increased job opportunities for Veterans. Veterans are in high-demand in the entertainment industry because they bring authenticity to the set and provide viewers with a more accurate depiction of the realities of military service. Many studios are looking for ways to incorporate Veterans into their hiring programs and create further opportunities for Veterans to gain new skills and build careers.

Source: USA Today | Read Here

2. At UConn, A Cure For Blindness In Sight
By: Rebecca Lurye

Connecticut-based company LambdaVision has designed a new retinal implant that uses a protein called bacteriorhodopsin which converts light into energy. The implants are flexible and a fraction of the size of a contact lens. LambdaVision started testing the implant on animals last month, and it will be at least two or three years until they are ready to test it on humans with macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa.

Source: Hartford Courant | Read Here

3. Visually Impaired Teen Pianist Plays Ravinia
By: Jesse Kirsch

Sixteen-year-old Matthew Whitaker is visually impaired and an accomplished composer and musician who has been compared to Stevie Wonder. He has performed on major stages throughout the world and has earned Yamaha and Hammond endorsements. His album “Outta the Box” was released earlier this year.

Source: ABC 7 Chicago | Read Here

4. Responsive Streets are Helping Blind People to Navigate Cities
By: Sian Bradley

Designer, engineer and researcher Ross Atkin runs a company that designs and creates products that aim to make life easier for people with disabilities. His latest project focuses on designing streets that adapt to various needs. As part of his research he spent eight years studying the lives of 70 different people who are blind in five different cities to get a better idea of how they navigate streets.

Source: WIRED | Read Here

5. Keep your ear on the ball
By: Mike Stocker

Beep Ball is a sport similar to baseball and softball that uses a ball and bases that make sound in order to be located by players who are visually impaired. ESPN features several Beep Ball teams throughout the country to further explain the details of the sport.

Source: ESPN| Read Here

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