Blindness in the News – April 14, 2017

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, April 14, 2017.

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

1. Blind Leading the Blind to New Heights in Accessibility of Personal Devices
By: Amanda Mikelberg

“It’s never been a better time to be blind.”  Creative technology is taking over as many companies research ways to include a wider demographic, especially those living with a disability.  This inclusiveness is not only witnessed among consumers, but job opportunities have been created as blind developers offer their experiential insight.

Source: Metro US | Read Here

2.  Sight Simulator Shows What it’s Like if You’re Legally Blind
By: Sasha Lekach

There are millions of Americans who suffer from some form of visual impairment.  Many cases are believed to be preventable, if patients had access to better preventive care or simple eye doctor appointments.  The Fred Hollows Foundation has created a hard-hitting campaign, using Google Street View images to give a sense of what the world would look like if you developed some common types of vision loss.

Source: Mashable | Read Here

3. Google Glass Will Guide a Blind Man Through the Boston Marathon
By: Stephanie Coueignoux

Many of us know the unique system of a TTY phone call, allowing those unable to communicate vocally through the telephone.  Now, a similar remarkable system exists aiding the blind and visually impaired.  With a pair of Google glasses and a phone app, Erich Manser (blind) will run the Boston marathon connected to a third party set of eyes that will see his layout in front of every step to guide him.

Source: FOX Boston | Read Here

4. Blind People Had Far More Hurdles to Cross to Access Tech 20 Years Ago
By: Yvette Tan

David Woodbridge recalls the early years before the Smart Technology boom.  It has vastly improved his life, being totally blind, being able to achieve many of his daily tasks with just the help of a smart phone.  20 years ago, he was heavily reliant on many stand alone objects like his laptop, watch, GPS, and talking calculator.

Source: Mashable | Read Here

5. Congress Weighs Expanding ABLE Act
By: Michelle Diament

The ABLE accounts were first introduced in 2014 as a special savings for people with disabilities that would not affect their government benefits.  Congress is now looking at ways to make the accounts more flexible and easier to access, in these three new bills: The ABLE to Work Act, the ABLE Financial Planning Act and the ABLE Age Adjustment Act.

Source: Disability Scoop | Read Here

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