Blindness in the News – January 6, 2017

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.

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

1. Blind Man Sees His First Colts Game
By: Trever Shirley

A man named Reese is able to fully enjoy a colts game due to a new headset device called eSight. eSight captures images through a camera embedded in the frame and projects onto two miniature screens inside the headset, allowing for a closer view of the game.

Source: Fox 59 | Read Here

2. Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Molecule May Block Vision Loss in Diabetic Retinopathy
By: Press Release

Scientists are looking into a naturally cultivated anti-inflammatory molecule in order to reduce inflammation caused by trans-signaling in diabetic retinopathy patients.

Source: EurekAlert | Read Here

3. Aira Uses Smart Glasses to Help Blind People Navigate the World
By: Ted Cox

A new technology called Aira is giving blind people an extra hand in navigating the world. Using a phone camera or a headset device similar to google glass, Aira can call an agent to use your technology’s camera to give real-time navigational help to the visually impaired.

Source: Engadget | Read Here

4. Maltesers Uses ‘Chocolate’ Braille on UK Billboard Advertising
By: Lucy Handley

A blind woman named Michelle from Glasgow helped Mars’ maltesers (maltball candy made by mars the chocolate company I had to Google that.) create a new campaign for the chocolate company by incorporating Braille and audio messages into their adverts.

Source: CNBC | Read Here

5.  EEOC Issues Regulations on Federal Government’s Obligation to Engage in Affirmative Action for People with Disabilities
By: Press Release

the US EEOC (equal employment opportunity commission) is now creating new goal benefits for companies that work toward hiring more qualified disabled people. This will help more disabled people become more self sufficient.

Source: National Law Review | Read Here

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