Blindness in the News – January 27, 2017

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, Jan. 27, 2017.

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

1. A Tactile Atlas Helps the Blind ‘See’ Maps
By: Greg Miller

Tactile maps and atlases are rare to come by, due to lack of demand and the tedious work and expense that goes into the production.  Using a special ink that expands to create texture on the page, a cartographer must condense the information into lines and symbols that can be distinguished from one another, while also incorporating Braille.

Source: National Geographic | Read Here

2. Inspiring America: Two Blind Brothers Curing Blindness With Clothing
By: Anne Thompson

Two Blind Brothers, a clothing line designed by Bradford and Bryan Manning, is working to find a cure for blindness.  The brothers were both diagnosed with Stargardt’s in early childhood, and are optimistic for a cure.  100% of the line’s profit is donated to researchers for pre-clinical trials.

Source: NBC News | Read Here

3. ‘Global Epidemic of Blindness’ on the Horizon, Experts Warn: Hours Spent Staring at Screens ‘Will Rob Millions of Their Sight Decades Early’
By: Mary Kekatos

A majority of the population uses some sort of LED screen device daily.  Cell phones, tablets, T.V.s, and computers all emit an alleged harmful LED light and color spectrum, that experts say damages the retina and may cause a significant global increase in blindness.  This article provides tips and tricks to protect your eyes and avoid irreversible damage.

Source: Daily Mail | Read Here

4. Earthquake Experiences of Visually Impaired Documented
By: Provided by Massey University

Until now, there was no study or research documenting the experience people with visual impairments have had with earthquakes.  As they continue their study, Dr. Getchen Good and Dr. Suzanne Phibbs realize that much of society lacks proper education and emergency planning to help those in the disability community.

Source: Medical Xpress | Read Here

5.  What it’s Like to Be Colour Blind: Fascinating Images Reveal How the World Appears to People with the Condition
By: Press Release

Think you can see all the colors the human eye is able to see?  This article provides samples of what life looks like having color blindness.  The four types of color blindness, Protanopia, Deuteranopia, Tritanopia, and Achromatopsia, are a result of a particular defect in either the rods or cones of the eyes.

Source: Daily Mail | Read Here

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