Blindness in the News – February 24, 2017

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, Feb. 24, 2017.

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

1. February Is Low Vision Awareness Month: Apply For A Currency Reader At No Cost To You, If You Have Vision Loss
By: Unlisted

Have you heard of the iBill?  For Low Vision Awareness month, the BEP and NLS are spreading the word about the new U.S. currency Reader Program.  The small hand-held device has three modes with a “natural voice,” a pattern of tones, or vibrations for privacy.

Source: PR Newswire | Read Here

2. Standing Up for What I Need
By: Carol Steinberg

Carol Steinberg discusses life living with a disability, and how it can affect her personally and professionally.  As a lawyer, she found it difficult to ask for accommodations in the court room.  But she eventually learned to overcome her insecurity and secured confidence ability.

Source: The New York Times | Read Here

3. 8 Tax Tips for People With Disabilities (and Their Caregivers)
By: Susan Johnston Taylor

In this article, helpful tax tips aid those with disabilities and their caregivers with options and deductions they may not know they have.  ABLE accounts, care credit, and deducting medical expenses are just a few to prepare for.

Source: U.S. News | Read Here

4. Blind Sisters Gain New Vision From Biology Professor
By: Unlisted

Sisers Katy and Olivia Shaw were born with visual impairments.  But the girls did everything they could to overcome their disability, doing household chores and studying hard in school.  They both love science, and were finally given proper classroom attention after being accepted to Gladys Malave biology class at Northwest Vista College.

Source: Kens 5 Eyewitness News | Read Here

5. Federal Judge Allows Blind Man to Sue McDonald’s Over Drive-thru Only Ordering
By: Katrina Butcher

A blind McDonald’s customer in Louisiana is taking the world-wide corporation to court, demanding alternative options for blind patrons when ordering past store hours.  McDonald’s has a late-night drive through, when doors to the restaurant are closed.  But if a visually impaired patron does not have someone to drive them, they have no other option but to turn away.

Source: KFOR News Channel | Read Here

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