Blindness in the News – Jan. 22, 2016

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.

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

1. Can Virtual Reality Be the Next Thing in Curing Blindness?
By: Christine Harvey

This article talks about cataract blindness, and how doctors are implementing the use of technology and virtual reality to better operate and treat blindness caused by cataracts.

Source: Bloomberg | Read Here

2. Feds Boost Spending On Special Ed, Disability Programs
By:  Michelle Diamont

A description of new spending programs by the federal government on special education, housing, and other disability programs.  Specifically, the plan calls for an additional $16 million for housing for people with disabilities and increases at Social Security to improve its administrative services. The government’s respite care initiative and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s developmental disabilities efforts will also see more money.

Source: Disability Scoop | Read Here

3. From hospital visits to seeing sport on television, people get into disability sports through a lot of different ways
By:  Unlisted

Here is an article about a few pathways for people to get into disability sport, with many different ways depending on who you are, how old you are, what your disability type is, how you acquired your disability, your level of sportiness before you had a disability if you acquired it later, and your social support network.

Source: ParaSport News | Read Here

4.  How a Directional Belt for the Blind Could Create a Sixth Sense
By: Robert Montenegro

A new, special belt for people who are blind or visually impaired, which utilizes vibrations in letting the wearer know which direction they should travel in.

Source: Big Think | Read Here

5. Aipoly Vision is an amazing app for visually impaired iOS users
By: Joe White

Apple’s iOS is more accessible than ever, but that fortunately hasn’t stopped developers from further enhancing the accessibility of the platform through app releases. Case in point: Aipoly Vision, a smart application that allows the blind, visually impaired, and color blind understand their surroundings through bringing object and color recognition to iOS free of charge.

Source: AppAdvice | Read Here

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