Blindness in the News – July 15, 2016

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

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

1. This Blind Apple Engineer is Transforming the Tech World At Only 22
By: Katie Dupere

Jordyn Castor is a remarkable woman.  She has been blind since birth, and already at the age of 22 she has secured an engineer position at Apple.  In the accessibility design and quality team, she helps push Apple to be at the forefront of inclusion-based innovation for users with disabilities.

Source: Mashable | Read Here

2. How Pokémon Go Is Creating a Barrier For Gamers With Disabilities
By: Selena Larson

Studies have shown that 1 in 5 casual gamers have a disability.  Yet many widespread developments, such as the new viral Pokemon Go and even Nintendo, do not incorporate accessibility options in their games.  An internet discussion thread gained attention after gamers with disabilities petitioned for accessibility settings in Pokemon GO.

Source: Daily Dot | Read Here

3. IDNR Working to Make State’s Parks Accessible to Those With Disabilities
By: Stephanie Esters

People with disabilities are still able to enjoy the great outdoors, as state parks are required to keep up with ADA regulations.  Hunting, fishing, boating, and even access to Off-Highway Vehicles are activities that many parks make available.

Source: The Southern Illinoisian | Read Here

4. Schooling the Blind: The Start
By: Unlisted

In the early 19th century, the blind or visually impaired were often looked down upon and were not believed to be productive members of society.  However, a small group of educators in 1832 believed in their abilities and opened the Pennsylvania Institution for the Instruction of the Blind, where they learned “blind trades” and even studied music.

Source: Philly | Read Here

5. eSight for Blindness
By: Margot Kim

ABC 30 covers the story of Emily Anderson and her experience with eSight.  The head-wear device is able to correct and clarify sight in those affected by certain forms of glaucoma, macular degeneration and other eye sight diseases.

Source: ABC 30 | Read Here

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