Blindness in the News – April 21, 2017

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, April 21, 2017.

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

1. Settlement Talks In ‘Hamilton’ Disabilities Lawsuit Stall
By: Marc Hershberg

In January of 2017, a blind plaintiff took the highly successful Broadway show Hamilton to court.  By not accommodating it’s blind audience with live narration and audio descriptive headsets, he claimed the theater violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.  While the producers have now agreed to the major terms of settlement, they are unwilling to add additional small terms requested by the plaintiff as the lawsuit continues.

Source: Forbes | Read Here

2.  Seeing Outside the Disability Box
By: Howard Axelrod

In this short essay, Howard Axelrod questions the divide between identification and identity in relation to what he considers his ‘partial’ disability.  After losing depth perception and peripheral vision in one eye, he was caught off guard by being referred to as disabled.  However, he recognized that he had to navigate through life differently than others.

Source: The New York Times | Read Here

3. 30 Under 30 Asia: Eric Kim’s ‘Dot Watch’ Is Smartwatch For The Blind
By: Stephanie Coueignoux

From the Forbes Asia “30 under 30” finalists, Eric Juyoon Kim stands out with an innovative device that has his native Korea singing his praises.  His startup Dot, produced the silent assistive Dot Watch that can display scrolling message, four braille characters at a time.  Finally on the market, they will be delivering a special engraved preorder to Stevie Wonder.

Source: Forbes | Read Here

4. Judge Finds ‘No Basis’ For ADA Claims Against Disney
By: Michelle Diament

In the last couple years, families have come forward in a lawsuit against Disney theme parks, claiming that their reconstructed policy to accommodate guests with disabilities now violated the ADA.  Now, a second federal judge has rejected claims, stating that the parks were in fact in line with the law.

Source: Disability Scoop | Read Here

5. Restoring eyesight with a simple, inexpensive surgery
By: Michelle Diament

Doctors Geoffrey Tabin and Sanduk Ruit met under unlikely circumstances.  But together they have helped transform the lives of millions of people in developing countries.  Between the two of them they have removed cataracts and restored eyesight to more than 150,000 people, while teaching other doctors their inexpensive and brief surgeries through their Himalayan Cataract Project.

Source: CBS News | Read Here

6. The Ongoing Negotiations of Living Life With a Disability
By: Rachel Kolb

In our progressive society there is still an unfortunate stigma attached to people with disabilities, particularly within institutional planning.  Accessibility requests are often greeted with negotiation tactics, as the institutions place higher concern on budgets and time versus inclusiveness.

Source: Pacific Standard | Read Here

7. What does a blind photographer see?
By: Julia Rybina, Anastasiya Karagodina, RBTH

Though Alexander Zhuravlev lost nearly all of his vision at the young age of 11, he developed a great sense of pride and refuses to hold back when faced with life’s challenges.  Now as an avid traveler and photographer, he hopes to inspire others to be fearless and challenge their self-doubt.

Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines | Read Here

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