Blindness in the News – May 12, 2017

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, May 12, 2017.

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

1. Giving The Blind A Way To ‘See’ Art
By: Leoneda Inge

New interactive Arts experiences are underway so people with visual impairments are able to access divine historical and contemporary works.  Developed by a Duke University professor, DADA is a telephone service one can call from a cellular device to have public artwork described in full detail.  Callers are also encouraged to touch the pieces to get a full sensory description.

Source: WUNC | Read Here

2.  How a Smart Home Empowers People with Disabilities
By: Chiara Sottile

Smart Devices are a world-wide phenomenon, but their invaluable benefits for those with disabilities were somewhat overlooked at the start.  However, many lives are changing as Apple’s “Home” kit reached the market.  Todd Stabelfeldt discusses his new found independence around the home and family, using features such as Siri and Switch Control to operate everything from door locks and work emails all on his own.

Source: NBC News | Read Here

3. How Beyoncé Inspired Me to Fight for Disability Rights at Work
By: Ola Ojewumi

Ola Ojewumi was diagnosed with a rare condition at a young age that left her worried and discouraged.  Music became her escape, and she was greatly inspired by the lyrics to the Destiny’s Child track ‘Survivor’.  After her successful recovery, she began to focus on disability rights in the workplace and cites several facts and resources in this article to help employers be inclusive; creatively inspired by Beyoncé no less.

Source: Glamour | Read Here

4. South Jersey’s Mario Tobia Is America’s Top Blind Golfer
By:  Joe Trinacria

Imagine playing golf blind-folded.  The very idea probably creates a humorous cartoon image in our minds, with golf balls flying everywhere except the direction in which the hole lies.  But for Mario Tobia, president of the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association, vision has nothing to do with his top ranked game.

Source: Philly Mag | Read Here

5. This Device Translates Text To Braille in Real Time
By:  May Wei-Haas

An ambitious group of MIT undergraduates competed in the infamous MakeMIT hackathon, where they developed a remarkable device able to scan text and convert it into braille.  It was a slow start, but after many prototypes, awards, and a cash prize later they are hoping to advance the innovative invention into an easy hand-held and portable device.

Source: Smithsonian Mag | Read Here

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