Blindness in the News – August 12, 2016
“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, August 12, 2016.
A weekly compilation of news stories highlighting items of interest about people who are blind, visually impaired and disabled.
1. SHINING IN DARKNESS: Paralympic Swimmer Doesn’t Use Blindness as Excuse
By: Hiroko Saito
Early on in life, Keiichi Kimura was diagnosed with proliferative vitreoretinopathy leaving him completely blind. Yet he has greatly overcome this challenge in life by repeatedly qualifying as a Paralympic swimming athlete, and never using his disability as an excuse to not consistently improve and hopefully make it to Olympic status.
Source: Asahi Shimbun | Read Here
2.Finally, There’s a Comic Book Store for the Blind
By: Robert Kingett
Guy Hasson has creating the first online comic book store completely geared towards accessibility for the blind. This means that even those who are sighted would need the help of a visually impaired person to help them navigate the site. This site includes original and adapted audio comics produced in-house and from other companies.
Source: VICE | Read Here
3. Edinburgh Airport Rated ‘Poor’ in Disability Report
The UK air travel regulators, known as Civil Aviation Authority, recently published a ratings report on 30 airports regarding their assistance quality to those with disabilities or limited mobility. The Edinburgh Airport was the only establishment to receive the lowest possible rating. An investigation took place as Edinburgh said it would take drastic steps to improve the experience for its passengers.
Source: BBC News | Read Here
4. States Look To Help Aging Parents Of Those With Disabilities
By: Jen Fifield
As the average age of those with disabilities increases and the average family size decreases, many of their elder caretakers are worried about the future of their child once they are no longer there. There is a long list of names in different states waiting for at-home or community based care, or Medicaid benefits. Elderly caretakers worry that they will have no say in with whom or where their children end up before they are gone, while waiting for their chance to make arrangements ahead of time.
Source: Disability Scoop | Read Here