Blindness in the News – April 7, 2017

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, April 7, 2017.

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

1. Youth with Diabetes Need Vision Loss Screening
By: Carolyn Crist

Diabetic Retinopathy has shown to be one of the most common complications of diabetes.  Research has recently shown that youth diagnosed with diabetes do not get timely vision screenings necessary to prevent what will inevitably lead to vision loss. Families are recommended to begin screenings within 1-4 years after diagnosis.

Source: Reuters | Read Here

2.  The Pace of Baseball Makes it Perfect for its Blind Fans in Korea
By: Jason Strother

Lee, Ko, and Kwon are three friends with two major things in common: they love baseball, and they are visually impaired.  Though it is difficult to find employment outside of Korean law for the visually impaired to work exclusively in massage therapy, The trio produce an amateur podcast discussing the Korean and US baseball leagues to keep their interests alive.

Source: PRI | Read Here

3. Astronaut Study Gives Voice to People with Disabilities
By: Unlisted

Originally developed to aid astronauts on space missions, augmented reality glasses proved to have the capabilities to assist the disabled community.  For example, the glasses are able to detect movement from the eyes across a virtual keyboard.  This gives ALS patients the ability to communicate, and even access email accounts in private.

Source: PHYS ORG | Read Here

4. Ethnic Differences in Effect of Age-Related Macular Degeneration on Visual Function
By: The JAMA Network Journals

Though it is rare information to find published, medical researchers urge the importance of finding the link between ethnicity and health issues in order to make proper public policy decisions.  A recent study found cultural differences between Chinese, Malay, and Indian patients with Age Related Macular Degeneration and the vision-specific functioning (VSF).

Source: Science Daily | Read Here

5. Blind Teen Touched By Simple But Rare Act Of Getting Braille Menu
By: Elyse Wanshel

Often, the world overlooks the small difficulties those with a disability may face in everyday life.  The Herrera family was touched when they experienced the simple pleasure of their own Annalicia (blind) was offered a braille menu while dining at a Red Robin.  Annalicia is almost 18, and said that she had never been offered the ability to read her own menu at a restaurant before in her life.

Source: Huffington Post | Read Here

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