Blindness in the News – March 11, 2016

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, March 11, 2016.

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

1. Surfing the Web should be easier for the blind
By: Unlisted

While the ADA and World Wide Web were both created in 1990, not much has been done to improve the accessibility of the internet.  The Department of Justice made plans to enforce new guidelines  to follow by 2012, but increasing delays has pushed the deadline back to 2018.

Source: Philly | Read Here

2. Pressing Candidates to Prioritize People With Disabilities: A Voter Checklist
By:  Randy Rutta

As Americans get ready to vote, they are encouraged to review candidates stance and policies on helping key segments of the population dealing with either physical, emotional, social, or educational disabilities.  With approximately 53 million of us facing a type of disability, help needs to be a main focus.

Source: Huffington Post | Read Here

3. Cybathlon will showcase what bionics could do for millions with disabilities
By: Ana Matran-Fernandez

2016 will be the first year of the Cybathlon.  Parathletes and people with severe disabilities will compete in races based on their type of physical need, with the aid of ground-breaking assistive technology.

Source: CNN | Read Here

4. Toyota’s Wearable Device for the Blind Can Recognize Surroundings
By: Allyssa Newcomb

Toyota surprises us with a new development called Project BLAID.  The device is meant to be worn on the shoulders to help visually impaired individuals navigate theirs surroundings in indoor spaces.

Source: ABC News | Read Here

5.  Wrangler, ‘Today’ show puppy, leaves after more than a year
By: Frank Lovece

The cast of the Today Show bids a heartfelt farewell to Wrangler, the on-show therapy dog, who has just graduated from training.

Source: Newsday | Read Here

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