Blindness in the News – November 18, 2016

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, Nov. 18, 2016.

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

1. I’m Blind And I Voted. Here’s What Went Wrong
By: Ross Doerr

Ross Doerr, a blind disability rights attorney, comments on the unacceptable treatment he experienced during this year’s election polls as a voter with a disability.  Being a driving force in the accessible voting system component of the Help America Vote Act, Doerr expresses his disappointment related to the incompetent workers inside his voting center, and lack of information he received in regards to what was included on the ballot. 

Source: WBUR | Read Here

2. New Eye Pressure Test Could Prevent Vision Loss in Older Adults
By: (University of Missouri-Columbia)

Using a device called a tonometer, doctors can more accurately gauge eye pressure after patients undergo surgery for cataracts.  Doctors are being urged to adopt the new practice, since current methods make it easy to miscalculate and untreated eye pressure can quickly lead to blindness.

Source: Science Daily | Read Here

3. The Way I See It: Living with Partial Blindness
By: Annalisa D’Innella

While there are many different types of visual impairment, it seems the world is only custom to identifying it on a binary level: blind, or not blind.  Annalisa D’Innella paints a picture of what life looks like through her eyes, living with partial blindness.  she needs to use a cane to navigate the streets, but can read a noticeboard at a train station.

Source: The Guardian | Read Here

4. Blindness Never Stopped Michelle Lamm
By: Michele Gillis

Michelle Lamm was born with a rare condition in which her body did not develop her eyes. Yet always a determined child, she graduated from Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, studied piano technology, and has opened her own business as a piano technician which comes highly recommended from her growing customer base.

Source: The Florida Times-Union Jacksonville | Read Here

5. When schools Misbehave: In Disputes Over Disabilities, Let Parents Sue
By: Editorial Board

In a recent case brought to the Supreme Court, two parents try to sue a school district for the mistreatment and discrimination against their child with disabilities.  Due to certain laws and procedures, the fact that the family is cutting ties with the district may hinder their ability to win compensation for emotional distress.  However, if the child remains in the district, the case would more likely play out in the family’s favor.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Read Here

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