Blindness in the News – Sept. 22, 2017

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.

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

1. Eyes Wide Open: Empowering Tips From a Blind Businessman
By: Charles Franklin

Isaac Lidsky played the character “Weasel” on “Saved By The Bell: The New Class” until he was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa. The diagnosis put an end to his acting career, but not his aspirations. He went on to graduate magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, served as a law clerk for supreme court justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, founded and sold an advertising company, and now, he has written a book about his experiences. Small Business Insider reviews the book and explains what distinguishes it from other memoirs and self-help manuals.

Source: Small Business Insider | Read Here

2. How Artist Richard Harlow Changed His Style After Going Blind
By: Richard Watts

Richard Harlow was diagnosed with Leiber’s Hereditary optic neuropathy in 2009. He struggled to use his remaining vision until he was struck by a car. Realizing he couldn’t rely on his failing sight, he began to adapt. The Times Colonist profiled Harlow to find out how he works now. He paints, practices Brazilian jujitsu, and wants to get into advocacy and politics to help other people experiencing blindness and vision loss.

Source: Times Colonist | Read Here

3. Sunday Conversation with Evan Barnard
By: Ann Hardie

When Evan Barnard was eleven, he helped repair a vandalized “braille trail,” for visually impaired people. That lead to a passion for people with disabilities and the way they experience nature. He headed a project to build an all new trail in Buford, Georgia. He won the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award, which honors Jewish teens for exceptional service projects. The award comes with a $36 thousand prize that recipients can use to further their education or service work. The Atlanta Journal Constitution interviewed Barnard about the projects, the needs of the disabled community, and his future plans.

Source: The Atlanta Journal Constitution | Read Here

4. Channel 4 to Broadcast Blurry TV Adverts
By: Robert Scott

Thanks to a partnership between Channel 4, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), and five household brands, viewers will soon get to see what it’s like to be blind, if for just a moment. Channel 4 will run five ads during “The Undateables,” a popular show about the dating experiences of disabled people. The ads will simulate several common kinds of blindness: glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, macular degeneration, and hemianopia. The screen will change to resemble what it’s like to live with the condition in question. Partnered with Channel 4 are Amazon Echo, Paco Rabanne, 02, Freeview and Specsavers.

Source: Gears of Biz | Read Here

5. New Medicare Cards are Coming Soon
By: Seema Verma, CMS Administrator

Medicare cards are changing. Previously, the Medicare ID used the beneficiary’s social security number to identify them. To prevent identity theft and Medicare fraud, as well as improve security, the number is now a random set of letters and numbers unique to the beneficiary and used only for Medicare. Seema Verma, writing on behalf of Medicare, explains the process and timeline for the replacement cards.

Source: CMS | Read Here

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