Blindness in the News – Jan. 15, 2016

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, Jan. 15, 2016.

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

1. In Pursuit of an Affordable Tablet for the Blind
By: Signe Brewster

This article describes an inexpensive, full-page Braille tablet that could make topics like science and math more easily accessible to the blind, according to a team of researchers who have built a prototype device.

Source: Technology Review | Read Here

2. Researchers discover Three Glaucoma-Related Genes
By:  Unlisted

An analysis funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, has identified three genes that contribute to the most common type of glaucoma. The study increases the total number of such genes to 15.

Source: National Institutes of Health | Read Here

3. New Gene Editing Technique May Treat Inherited Blindness
By:  Unlisted

A new technique that has the potential to treat inherited diseases has been shown for the first time to hinder retinal degeneration in rats with a type of inherited blindness, scientists say.

Source: NDTV | Read Here

4.  Special Ed Testing Accommodations Backfire
By Laurie Udesky

This article talks about the glitches in the Common Core tests’ enhancements for students with disabilities.

Source: Disability Scoop | Read Here

5. Designing a More Accessible Airplane for People With Disabilities
By: Eva Recuiter

The Department of Transportation is calling for changes that could create more accessible airplanes for disabled passengers. Chief among these: accessible bathrooms on new single aisle aircraft. That could mean significant changes for airlines.

Source: PSFK | Read Here

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