Blindness in the News – July 14, 2017
“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, July 14, 2017.
A weekly compilation of news stories highlighting items of interest about people who are blind, visually impaired and other disabilities.
1. From not knowing music to performing in 10 months, Hong Kong Blind
Orchestra players hit right notes in launch ceremony
By: Hana Davis
The Hong Kong Blind Orchestra, 5th of its kind in the world, held a launch ceremony this past Monday where founder’s (Timothy To Wing-Ching) friend Johnny Chang Siu-lung perfected his launch performance after only 10 months of training. This article touches on the members heightened senses and ability to learn and retain music successfully.
Source: South China Morning Post | Read Here
2. Increasing the Number of Doctors with Disabilities Would Improve Health Care
By: Nathan Kohrman
More than 56 million Americans have a disability of some kind—nearly a fifth of the country. Yet a vanishingly small percentage of doctors have a disability of any kind—estimates vary and data is scant, but the consensus suggests that the number is somewhere around 1 percent. The problem starts at the tip of the pipeline: People with disabilities make up somewhere between 0.3 and 2.7 percent of medical school classes—estimates vary, but even at the high end, this makes them one of the most underrepresented groups in American higher education.
Source: Slate | Read Here
3. Beep Ball a Hit With Visually Impaired Players
By: Rebecca Rider
Beep Ball caters to both sighted and blind or visually impaired communities, as it has been in the Carolina’s for the past 40 years. Evolved from baseball and softball, Beep Ball emits a high frequency sound when hit as well as the bases. This fun, high energy game is exciting for anyone, and provides a great option for those with vision loss.
Source: Salisbury Post | Read Here
4. A Robot to Help Visually Impaired School Children Find Their Way
By: Marc Delachaux
Alexandre Foucqueteau is the pioneer of a hand sized robot to help visually impaired children overcome obstacles within the classroom. Cellulo, the outcome of a semester long project is a small robot that first feels out the room and then instructs the student on how to navigate throughout. This little robot is easy to use, durable, and could be key player for schoolchildren with vision loss go about their daily life.
Source: PHYS ORG | Read Here
5. New 911 Text Service Helps People with Disabilities Get Faster Emergency Response
By: Blakely McHugh
With the new option to text 911 a message for help, people with disabilities could reach these emergency responders much quicker. Contrary to the video phone method that may not be accessible due to lack of Wi-Fi connection, the texting 911 option has gotten a lot of positive feedback from the particularly deaf and hard of hearing community. Sgt. Tom Gray of Arizona urges to “call if you can, text if you can’t.”
Source: Williams News | Read Here