Blindness in the News – August 25, 2017

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, August 25, 2017.

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

1. After a Coma Left Him Blind and in a Wheelchair, This Undergrad Invented a New Way of Teaching Math
By: Kai Sinclair

Logan Prickett became disabled after having a serious allergic reaction to contrast he was given for a routine MRI. He lost many of his fine motor skills and most of his site. Confronted with these challenges, and enrolling in college, he needed to find a new way to solve advanced math without Braille or other proven methods. He, along with a STEM tutoring coordinator and another student, developed a novel approach to verbally solving math problems. That approach is now being used in a research study involving 300 disabled and non-disabled people to test its efficacy for broader use by other students with similar difficulties.

Source: Science | Read Here

2. Samsung Launches Gear VR app Relúmĭno that Aids the Visually Impaired
By: Dani Deahl

Samsung released its Relúmĭno application for the Gear VR platform. The application allows a user to apply several methods of visual enhancement like outlining, magnification, and more to their environment while wearing a VR headset. The application is free with a verification code. While requiring a VR headset to use, making it somewhat impractical, Samsung wants to release consumer glasses that would use the application in the future.

Source: The Verge | Read Here

3. OurLife: Loss of Eyesight Doesn’t Stop Bloomington Man from Painting
By: Sue Webber

Fifteen years ago, Ken Dobratz lost the majority of his sight due to a hereditary condition. For some time, he struggled to accept the fact. For someone in graphic design and the printing sales industry, it seemed like the end of the line for his artistic passions. But with help from the VA, Dobratz was encouraged to begin painting. Now 72, he paints constantly. He has sold some and given away others, but his disability hasn’t stopped him from pursuing his love of art.

Source: Sun Current | Read Here

4. Blind Staten Island Mom Wins Appeal to Get Daughter Pre-K Seat Close to Home
By: Diane C. Lore

When Holly Bonner enrolled her daughter, Muala, in pre-K, she didn’t expect to have to travel two hours in each direction to bring her there and back. But that’s exactly what would have happened, had she not appealed the city’s decision. Bonner, visually impaired and unable to drive, pushed for a change to be made to the location and got it. She also made clear that her experiences with the city and Department of Education were not satisfactorily accessible to her and other visually impaired people, and as a result there are now efforts being made to improve accessibility.

Source: Staten Island Advance | Read Here

5. Liberal Minister Carla Qualtrough Wants to ‘Make History’ with Federal Accessibility Laws
By: Vjosa Isai

Canada is drafting its first ever federal disability legislation. Carla Qualtrough, federal minister of sport and persons with disabilities, spent time Tuesday, August 22, listening to the recommendations of disability experts as the drafting continues. Seven of Canada’s provinces have no disability legislation.

Source: Toronto Star | Read Here

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