Blindness in the News – January 20, 2017

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

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

1. Thai Team Wins Science Award with Braille Invention
By: Press Release

Three Thai students were selected to compete in the Apec Future Scientist Conference 2017, after teaming up for the invention of an internet-based Braille translation program.  The winning program is compatible with all devices, has an impressive accuracy level, and updates plan to include academic special character translation in the future.

Source: Bangkok Post | Read Here

2. It Might Seem Like a Long shot, But this Blind Israeli Golfer is a World Champ
By: Ruth Eglash

Blind Israeli golfer Zohar Sharon has made a remarkable name for himself.  He is the only registered blind golfer from Irael, but is know for winning multiple International tournaments.  With his trusted caddie Sharon is hard to beat, and often plays games against wealthy competitors to support charities for people with disabilities.

Source:Washington Post | Read Here

3. Self-Driving Cars Could Help Employ 2M People with Disabilities: Study
By: Kristen Tourressant

The elusive self-driving car model is expected to transform our way of life, far more than the initial consumer might anticipate.  People with disabilities are expected to benefit substantially.  With proper attention to these particular focus groups,  the new technology could help employ millions in the disabled community and save on health care costs affected by poor transportation.

Source: Metro | Read Here

4. How Technology Is Besting My Blindness
By: Michael Schuman

As technology grows, improves, and becomes more innovative, so do the lives of people with disabilities.  Writer Michael Schuman reviews some new age devices that have helped improve the quality of his life while living with retinitis pigmentosa.

Source: Bloomberg | Read Here

5.  Retinopathy of Prematurity: New Developments are Cause for Hope
By: Press Release

Retinopathy of Prematurity may have hope of being cured in the future with new technology on the rise.  Telemedicine is being implemented in areas where specialists are hard to come by.  Other advancements, such as VEGF inhibitors and Bevacizumab, are being tested and evaluated for treatment.

Source: EurekAlert | Read Here

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