Blindness in the News – Sept. 8, 2017

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.

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

1. In Addition, Hearts Could Use Curb Cuts Too
By: Rob Stemple

In this op/ed, Rob Stemple, a working blind professional, responds to an ad placed in The Daily American from a young man who is blind and seeking work. Stemple laments the state of unemployment among the blind and visually impaired community and calls on companies to make a greater effort at hiring blind workers.

Source: The Daily American | Read Here

2. Thousands Of Bus Stop Signs For The Blind Are Coming To The CTA – Downtown – Chicago
By: Kelly Bauer

The Chicago Transit Authority wants to replace over 10,700 bus stop signs. To that end, it was awarded a grant of $380,350 from the Regional Transportation Authority. At present, the signs do not have any raised lettering or Braille. Additionally, they are too high on the pole to be used by blind and visually impaired people. The CTA estimates the project will cost $1.4 million.

Source: DNAinfo | Read Here

3. Guide Dogs Part of the Family
By: Kyle Wind

Donna Hill arrived at the vet’s office with her terminally ill guide dog, Hunter. She knew that Hunter didn’t have long to live. During that visit, she met a yellow lab puppy, Mo. Little did she know, Mo would become her next guide dog.

Source: The Bellingham Herald | Read Here

4. This Man Has Gone ‘Sightseeing’ On All 7 Continents… And He’s Blind
By: Tamara Pearson

Traveling abroad can be difficult for anyone. But for these intrepid blind travelers, it’s all become routine. Tamara Pearson talks to five of them about their journeys both abroad and at home. From the local college campus to the mountaintops of Peru, each traveler has a lot to say about their experiences and challenges.

Source: The Alternative Daily | Read Here

5. Self-Identifying as Disabled and Developing Pride in Disability Aid Overall Well-Being
By: Michelle Klampe

Two recent studies released by Oregon State University offer a glimpse into some interesting trends regarding disability, stigma, and pride. According to the studies, people don’t tend to identify as disabled unless they experience stigma associated with that disability, but identifying as disabled may help develop pride in the disability. That pride can make people more resilient and bolster self-esteem. However, people are hesitant to self-identify as disabled for fear of that very stigma.

Source: Oregon State University | Read Here

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