Blindness in the News – Dec. 8, 2017

“Blindness in the News” for Friday, Dec 8, 2017.

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

1. Despite vision loss, student doesn’t lose sight of success
By: Andrew J. Yawn

High school student Lindsey Towns excels in mathematics, despite her visual impairment which prevents her from having the ability to see numbers. A group of educators at her school have developed methods that enable Towns to visualize graphs, equations, and shapes, and they have found that Towns is most successful at visualizing math material when it is traced on her arm. Their work to make mathematical material more accessible reflects the research efforts of the Logan Project, which is aimed at developing unique methods of math instruction for students who are visually impaired.

Source: The Washington Times | Read Here

2. Blind researcher brings magic touch to book project
By: Sue Postema Scheeres

Shalini Menon aspires to help children who are blind like herself to get involved with STEM learning. This motivates her work with the Build a Better Book Project, an effort by the University of Colorado-Boulder to design accessible books and materials for children with varying learning needs. Menon brings valuable insight to the project by drawing upon her personal experiences of using tactile pictures to learn visual content.

Source: Public Outreach and Community Engagement: University of Colorado-Boulder| Read Here

3. The Diner With the Braille Menu
By: Annie Correal

Every day, Malibu Diner in Manhattan serves dozens of residents from Selis Manor, an apartment building that houses people who are blind, visually impaired or disabled. Residents favor the diner because staff are knowledgeable of their needs. The diner currently distributes breakfast vouchers to residents of the building through a partnership with Visions, a service-based non-profit housed inside of Selis Manor.

Source: The New York Times | Read Here

4. High Museum Creates Art Program For Visually Impaired Kids
By: Judi Kanne

Atlanta-based Center for the Visually Impaired has partnered with the High Museum of Art to create tours and workshops specifically designed for students with disabilities.  Through these programs, the High Museum of Art hopes to demonstrate that art can be experienced with all senses, rather than through sight alone.

Source: WABE | Read Here

5. Pendleton Air Museum, Veterans Recall Pearl Harbor
By: Antonio Sierra

In honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, the Pendleton Air Museum hosted Veterans at its collection of World War II-era memorabilia from the Pendleton Airbase. During the event, Veterans shared their memories of Pearl Harbor. The museum is currently working on a year-round tribute to all members of the military which will include bronze emblems of each military branch.

Source: East Oregonian | Read Here

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