Blindness in the News – Sept. 29, 2017

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.

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

1. Miami’s Blind Navigated Hurricane Irma With Preparation, County Help
By: Isabella Vi Gomes

Disaster preparedness and response are complicated and important tasks, but especially so for people with disabilities. In the wake of Hurricane Irma, The Miami New Times profiled some visually impaired people and asked about their experiences and challenges.

Source: The Miami New Times | Read Here

2. Disabled People Have to Apply for 60% More Jobs Than Non-Disabled People Before Finding One
By: May Bulman

Scope, a disability charity in the UK, comitioned a study finding that disabled job seekers applied to 60 percent more jobs on average than their non-disabled counterparts before being offered work. The Independent speaks to Lauren Pitt, a visually impaired job seeker, about her experiences. She applied to more than 250 jobs before getting hired.

Source: The Independent | Read Here

3. The Complicated Quest To Redesign Braille
By: Meg Miller

Andrew Chepaitis’s grandmother lost her vision to macular degeneration in 1987. After that, she made an effort to learn Braille and couldn’t. Thirteen years later, Chepaitis founded ELIA Life Technology to address literacy for adults experiencing later onset blindness. His method involves writing a whole knew form of raised alphabet, called ELIA Frames. Co-Design takes a look at the project in this article.

Source: CO-DESIGN | Read Here

4. My Daughter Doesn’t Have ‘Special’ Needs. She’s Disabled.
By: Jamie Davis Smith

Jamie Smith’s eldest daughter is autistic. In this piece from The Washington Post, Smith discusses her struggles with how she should talk about the disability to others. She argues that terms like “differently abled,” or “handi-capable” serve to minimize the reality of the fact that her daughter is disabled, and makes a case for calling it simply “disabled,” as a matter of course. To apply terms like special, different, and the like, to her, distances people with disabilities from the world around them.

Source: Washington Post | Read Here

5. Meet Force of Nature Haben Girma, Harvard Law School’s First Deafblind Graduate and Fearless Accessibility Advocate
By: Mashal Waqar

Mashal Waqar, co-founder of The Tempest, talks to Haben Girma, Harvard’s first deafblind graduate about her experiences as an at tourney and advocate. The Tempest is a new media outlet that highlights women from underrepresented backgrounds, and the conversation had a significant effect on Waqar.

Source: The Tempest | Read Here

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