Blindness in the News – March 18, 2016

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, March 18, 2016.

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

1. Blind Hockey Players Have a Vision for Their Sport
By: Geoffrey Vendeville

Members of the Courage Canada hockey tournament want blind hockey to become a Paralympic sport.  While the task may be difficult due to specific regulations, the teams have high hopes.

Source: The Star | Read Here

2. Appoint a Justice Who Understands Disability
By:  Mark Riccobono

Read about the remarkable accomplishments by Mark Riccobono, who was diagnosed with glaucoma and aniridia at the young age of five.

Source: Huffington Post | Read Here

3. Starving Eye Cells Contribute to Blindness in Elders
By: Unlisted

Age-related macular degeneration’s causer isn’t exactly known.  But, researchers have come across three recent findings that may help carry out new therapy aimed to slow down or possibly prevent the process.

Source: EurekAlert | Read Here

4. No, It’s Grapes That Are Great for Your Eyes – and Could Reduce the Risk of Blindness Later in Life 
By: Unlisted

When exposed to elevated oxidative stress, harmful chemicals are released and can cause damage to our retinas.  This is the part of the eye that responds to light.  Grapes have been found to not only counteract against the harmful free radicals, but can also preserve function and structure.

Source: Daily Mail | Read Here

5. Wikipedia Is Developing a Speech Engine for Visually Impaired Users
By: Amar Toor

Wikipedia is making efforts to provide speech to text on sites running with the MediaWiki software, to make content easier to access if they have trouble reading text.

Source: The Verge | Read Here

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