Blindness in the News – June 17, 2016

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, June 17, 2016.

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

1. Uruguay’s Blind ‘Bird Man’ Can Identify 3,000 Bird Sounds
By: Leonardo Haberkorn

Juan Pablo Culasso was born blind, but also with the rare capability of hearing perfect pitch.  With his gift to immediately match a tone to a note, he found passion in bird calling and identification.

Source: Chicago Tribune | Read Here

2. Visually Impaired Student Unveils Incredible Braille-Inspired Collection at Graduate Fashion Week
By: Unlisted

Bianca is registered as blind, but uses her adapted sense of touch and unique perception to create beautiful and innovative fashion designs, incorporating braille and texture into fabrics.

Source: Irish Examiner | Read Here

3. If You Want True Diversity in Hollywood, Don’t Forget About Seniors and Actors With Disabilities
By: Kate Erbland

Push for diversity in the entertainment industry seems to focus on race and gender, but there are other groups looking for fair representation.  Producer and former T.V. executive Loreen Arbus discuses plans to rework the system of auditions and listening to new audiences to gravitate towards.

Source: Indiewire | Read Here

4.  Apple invites deaf, blind advocate Haben Girma to address developers on accessibility at WWDC16
By: Daniel Eran Dilger

Haben Girma believes that many are not held back by trying to overcome disability, but by arbitrary barriers imposed by society.  Her presentation at WWDC16 tried to convince developers to always design with accessibility mind, making all apps and software user-friendly to all.

Source: Apple Insider | Read Here

5. Making the case for greater access to Braille menus
By: Michael Floreak

Going out to a restaurant and ordering a meal can seem fairly effortless, but what if you were not able read the menu?  The non-profit National Braille Press planned to discuss braille menus at its annual meeting.

Source: Boston Globe | Read Here

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