Blindness in the News – March 10, 2017

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, March 10, 2017.

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

1. From Climbing Everest To Kayaking The Grand Canyon, Blind Adventurer Finds ‘No Barriers’
By: Unlisted

Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind man to climb Mount Everest, recently published his new book “No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon.”  In a recent interview with Here & Now’s Eric Westervelt, Weihenmayer talks about when he lost his sight and gives us a glimpse into his daring outdoor adventures.

Source: WBUR | Read Here

2. People with Autism, Intellectual Disabilities Fight Bias in Transplants
By: Lenny Berstein

The current state of transplant programs across the U.S. lacks regulation when determining who is eligible for life-saving organ transplants.  Many families and patients have noticed a specific discrimination towards candidates living with a disability.  Though human bias is inevitable, specific instructions from the HHS were called upon to uphold the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Source: Washington Post | Read Here

3. Legally Blind Hockey Fan Sees Game for First Time: ‘It Was all So Amazing’
By: Kelyn Soong

Olivia Lettich is an 11 year old girl obsessed with cheering on her favorite hockey team, The Calgary Flames.  Unfortunately, due to a rare condition giving her severe visual impairment, she was never able to fully experience a game.  That is until eSight, a company producing high-definition camera technology glasses, set up a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Olivia was invited to a special match, and given a pair of glasses that turned her vision from 20/400 to 20/40.

Source: Washington Post | Read Here

4. Braille ID Cards Will Identify Police Officers to Residents with Vision Loss
By: Paula McCooey

The Ottawa police department will begin issuing each of it’s members a braille identification card to aid it’s civilians with disabilities.  The idea was presented by a thoughtful officer during a presentation given by members of the blind community.

Source: Ottawa Citizen | Read Here

5. People with Disabilities Now Have Their Own Relevant Version of Yelp
By: Ariel Bogle

Clickability is a new innovative online directory dubbed “the TripAdvisor for disability support services.”  Created by a group of social service workers, Jenna Moffat and Beecher Kelk realized a major gap in the industry.  They realized they could organize their references and contacts for support into one space, giving the community a new sense of independence when searching for the help they may need.

Source: Mashable | Read Here

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