Blindness in the News – Sept. 15, 2017

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

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

1. Tech that Opens Eyes: How Apps Help Connect the Blind and Seeing Worlds
By: Joseph Dussault

Assistive technology is undergoing a renaissance. Single-purpose pieces of technology like magnifiers, book readers, and the like once dominated the market. While still prevalent, these devices are making way for a single-purpose tool: a smartphone. This article takes a brief tour through some of the apps that make modern smartphones a swiss army knife for accessibility needs.

Source: Christian Science Monitor | Read Here

2. People With Disabilities Don’t Need Us To Decide What’s ‘Best’ For Them
By: Danielle S. McLaughlin

Danielle S. McLaughlin is the director of Education emerita for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. In this impassion article, she defends the rights of those with disabilities and their families to define their own needs, rather than having those needs determined by institutions and the public at large. She writes in response to a recent decision made by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. The Tribunal upheld a school board’s decision to disallow an autistic child’s service dog in class.

Source: Huffington Post | Read Here

3. Seeing the Need: ISU Trains Providers for Young Children with Blindness
By: Kate Arthur

Illinois State University has been awarded a five-year, $1.23 million grant to train teachers of the visually impaired for early interventions with children from birth to three years old. This population is massively underserved in Illinois. The grant hopes to certify 40 providers by its end, more than double the current number in the state. Early intervention helps parents struggling with the complexities of raising a blind or visually impaired infant or toddler, a task for which most people are unprepared.

Source: Illinois State University | Read Here

4. Poor Sight Linked with Cognitive Decline in Older Adults, New Study Finds
By: Interim HealthCare

A new study conducted by scientists based at The Stanford University School of Medicine and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Ophthalmology has found a correlation between visual impairment and a higher risk for cognitive problems as well as dimensia in older adults. The significance of these findings is underscored by a report released by The National Institutes of Health. The report predicts an increase in vision problems across the US population. Instances of vision loss are predicted to double by 2050, and the upward trend in that vision loss can be partially attributed to an aging population.

Source: KRDO | Read Here

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