Blindness in the News – June 2, 2017

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, June 2, 2017.

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

1. These blind New Yorkers are Biking Across New York City
By: Daniel Krieger

Relatively new and innovative, In Tandem is a nonprofit that brings cycling events to people with disabilities.  The organization hosts regular weekly rides, matching captains (in the front seat of the bike) and stokers (the back seat).  Together they glide around the city, logging thousands of miles, and evening touring some of the best places to eat.

Source: Salon | Read Here

2.  A blind Veteran’s View of Memorial Day
By: John Kelly

Though it’s 150 years after America’s bloodiest battle, blind veteran Brad Snyder feels a kinship with those who have been in past combat.  Snyder lost his vision during a deployment to Afghanistan, and recently took a tour of the Monocacy National Battlefield.  He is without his vision, but he tries to embraces every moment of life he still has, to honor fellow soldiers who fought for and with him.

Source: Washington Post | Read Here

3. Inmates Learn Braille to Help Get Jobs After Prison
By: Michael Casey

Partly due to technological advances, Braille transcribers have faced a shortage. But now, many prison systems have added Braille classes to their job skills programs in order to help inmates find employment after they finish their sentences.  It could be quite a challenge, especially reading braille dots along with site, but the inmates could have an advantage over the outside market once they are released.

Source: The Detroit News | Read Here

4. Innovative Tool Allows Students to Learn Braille Without Instructors
By:  Dyllan Furness

The Read Read is an innovative answer to many prayers.  Due to lack of available resources, many visually impaired students are not able to learn braille and fall behind in literacy.  Developed by a Harvard Innovation Lab startup, the Read Read uses large tactile letters and braille letters with audio response to let users learn braille autonomously and apart from traditional structure.

Source: Digital Trends | Read Here

5. Restaurants Haven’t Lived Up to the Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act
By:  David Perry

The Americans with Disabilities Act has specific instruction for businesses to follow in order to assure accessibility and avoid discrimination towards customers.  Even today however, it cannot always be assumed by certain patrons that each location is up to code.  Three different people, each living with a different type of disability, discuss disappointments they still face when trying to dine out or even find their way around a bar.

Source: Eater | Read Here

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