Blindness in the News – July 22, 2016

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

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

1. How To Live Blind and Bold — a Braille Teacher’s Lesson Plan For Life
By: Joy Resmovits

With the ease of increasingly advanced technology, fewer blind and visually impaired students are studying Braille.  Keith Christian, recently named National Braille Teacher of the Year, understands its importance.  He consistently inspires his students to be self-reliant, and to try new things even if their disability makes it seem impossible.

Source: LA Times | Read Here

2. Suggested Tweaks Could Make Popular ‘Pokemon Go’ Accessible To the Blind
By: Taylor Stuck

The world-renowned Pokemon Go app is still facing issues around disability groups.  The app is quite inaccessible, but foundations such as the AFB say it would be easy to contract with the game designers/developers to make accommodations.  For example, adding auditory cues so players can accurately find and capture Pokemon in the game.

Source: Herald-Dispatch | Read Here

3. New Emojis Depict Range Of Abilities
By: Shaun Heasley

While there are over 1,000 fun emojis for people to use to express their emotions, only one has existed to represent those with disabilities:  The wheelchair.  Recently, the advocacy group Scope has released 18 new icons available for download.  Some even coinciding with the upcoming Paralympic games, featuring athletes with special needs.

Source: Disability Scoop | Read Here

4. Feds Offer Up Millions To Boost Disability Employment
By: Shaun Heasley

State workforce agencies have the opportunity to apply for a new grant that will provide up to $2.5 million to help create education and training programs for those with disabilities.  The goal is to prepare these workers for good jobs and grow employment amongst the demographic.

Source: Disability Scoop | Read Here

5. New Blindness Prevention Methods in Diabetic Eye Disease
By: Indiana University

Researchers at Indiana University have produced a virtual tissue model showing how diabetes in the eye can lead to vision loss.  It shows just how  a small protein can either damage or grow blood vessels.  With the ability to predict where damage is heading, the hope is to find better treatments that will replace the very invasive and unpredictable procedure that exists now.

Source: Science Daily | Read Here

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